9780806638065

A Graceful Life: Lutheran Spirituality for Today

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  • ISBN13:

    9780806638065

  • ISBN10:

    0806638060

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-12-01
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Pub

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Summary

The author says, "I understand spirituality as the attitudes, convictions, and practices that give a definite shape to religious faith. Spirituality is experiential and practical, for it concerns the specific forms by which faith is expressed and nurtured". The book describes the special emphases of Lutheran spirituality and recommends practices that nurture a vital spirituality. After an introductory chapter on the contemporary context, each of the seven chapters explores a major theme of Lutheran spirituality. A final chapter speculates on the future of Lutheran spirituality. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and group and individual practices. An Appendix gives suggestions for group use.

Author Biography

Bradley Hanson is Professor of Religion at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Context Present and Past
1(20)
Our Human Condition
21(17)
Trust in God's Merciful Grace
38(27)
Reliance on the Word of God
65(20)
Meeting God in Physical Symbols
85(19)
Christian Spirituality and the Church
104(26)
Church Traditions
130(16)
Service in Daily Life
146(22)
Taking Stock
168(23)
Notes 191

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