Soul Growth.

Traces of God Ministries is a response to the need for soul-growth, of individuals and communities, who are expressing their yearning towards transcendence with words like, “Teach Us to Pray.” 

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Traces of God Ministries

Our Mission Statement:

To continue the ministry of Jesus to his disciples as He taught them to pray.

How We Do This:

  • Provide a place of retreat, for the purposes of learning to pray, learning to discern God’s presence and leading, rest, encouragement, and spiritual counsel.
  • Provide individual spiritual direction.
  • Give presentations and lead events that help people find hope and be love amidst the predicaments that confront humanity.
  • Support the spiritual life of the community of Hide-Away-Hills where our ministry is located.
  • Network with other ministries of spiritual formation, such as the Spirituality Network, and local churches.
  • Partner with inter-faith organizations.
  • Provide spiritual guidance through a quarterly spiritual formation newsletter.
  • Remain open to God’s leading in discerning the foci of our ministry.


Dr. Ken Whitt’s new book
God is Just Love

The following is courtesy of David Crumm, Editor readthespirit.com.

The Rev. Ken Whitt’s book is not yet listed in Amazon for pre-sale, but will appear in the most popular online bookstores this autumn. Meanwhile, readers will be able to order books and receive them even before the official Amazon launch date. So, if you are interested in a visit from Ken, email us at readthespirit@gmail.com and we will let you know what’s available based on your schedule and the production timeline.

A Long Ride in the “Elevator Speech”:

“God Is Just Love.”  Love is the essence of everything.  You are loved unconditionally.  If you have   difficulty knowing this love, this book is for you.

Both spirituality and science lead us toward the conclusion that God Is Just Love and we are loved unconditionally.  Humanity will have an easier time learning and living this truth when spirituality and science are friends.

Everything is sacred.  Abundant life is life lived in in love with everything.  Humanity has not been living this way for about 10,000 years.  We have done irreparable harm to the earth, ourselves and each other.  We are now living with the consequences.  

None-the-less, we can live each day with joy and hope.  We can do the next right thing to make the future better for our children.  We can find hope.  We can be love.  We can prepare our children to find hope and to be love.  Resilient spirits and sustainable communities are required for this work.

We make choices every day.  How we make these choices and how we live these choices transforms our lives, the lives of others, and the future of everything.  If you long to choose well and live well, no matter what is happening around you, this book is for you.

God is Just Love.  Love never fails.  Love never ends.

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Ken Whitt is the Executive Director of Traces of God, a spiritual formation ministry founded after his retirement from 40 years of service to American Baptist Churches (ABC/USA). Ken’s ministries have focused on nurturing children, youth and families, mission trips, prayer and justice building. Through the ABC, he served on the General Board, the Board of International Ministries and the National Minister’s Council. His love of global diversity extends throughout his entire life from the communities with which he works—to the global variety of woods that fill his woodworking shop. Ken has four children and 11 grandchildren. His wife, Kathy, is a stained-glass artist, weaver, gardener and spiritual director.

What’s in the book? Ken’s full title is, God Is Just Love—Building Spiritual Resilience and Sustainable Communities for the Sake of Our Children and Creation. He likes to describe it as “a big book.” Here’s what he means: This book is big on hope—and even bigger on love that supports everyone who is concerned about the future world our children will inherit. Because of the big challenges we all face—from climate change to ever-deepening poverty in many regions of the world—we need to share big ideas and make big decisions. Ken invites his readers on a journey toward solutions where God’s guidance is our compass.

Because Ken has years of experience working with multi-generational groups, his book has lots of great ideas for adults to participate with children through stories, songs, art projects and especially stepping out into nature. The cover of his book illustrates a central story he shares of families looking up at the starry night sky with their children.

PLUS: His book closes with a list you’ll definitely want to share with your congregation of 100 Things You Can Do with Your Family right now.

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Foreword to God is Just Love by David P. Gushee

David P Gushee

David P. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. He is Past-President of both the American Academy of Religion and Society of Christian Ethics. He is the author and/or editor of 24 books, including Changing Our Mind.

In Reality, What Is Our Story? Part 3

The “insignificant” ones are becoming more and more difficult to unearth. They have long been buried amidst the accumulating rubble of civilization; and it has been going on for 10,000 years. We continue to bury them, each and every time that they stand in the way of civilization’s progress; whenever there is gold in them there hills; whenever trees are needed as a cash crop; whenever land can be stripped of beauty and health for the purposes of wealth.

Be Prepared, Or Not?

Jesus—”Be NOT prepared.” A deep spiritual insight is presented here; the only way to be prepared for the ventures of our lives is to be completely unprepared, totally dependent, walking by faith–with just a few instructions on how to handle the inhospitable people we meet on the way.


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