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There is an increased interest in spirituality in our world lately, people have a deep hunger and thirst towards something that transcends them. In Spiritual Formation, Maddix and LeClerc provide a definition of Christian spiritual formation within the Wesleyan paradigm and how faithful disciples can grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. In simple terms, this book explains that Spiritual formation refers to the transformation of people into, what C.S. Lewis calls, "little Christs." The book focuses on how people can grow in Christlikeness by participating in reading of Scripture, the "means of grace," the sacraments, and spiritual disciplines. It also provides guidance in matter of self care, spiritual direction, and mentoring, while displaying practical guidelines for adolescents, families, and college students.
Diane Leclerc is professor of historical theology at Northwest Nazarene University. She received her BA at Eastern Nazarene College, her MDiv at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and her PhD at Drew University. She has published many articles and four books, including Discovering Christian Holiness: The Heart of Wesleyan-Holiness Theology. She has served as president of the Wesleyan Theological Society and is a member of Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy. Mark A. Maddix is professor of Christian education and dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministries at Northwest Nazarene University. He earned his BA at Asbury University, his MDiv at Asbury Theological Seminary, and his PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the coauthor of Discovering Discipleship.
Table of Contents
|Living the Life: Spiritual Formation Defined||p. 9|
|Knowing the Scriptures: How to Study the Bible as a Spiritual Practice||p. 18|
|Eating the Word: How to Read the Bible as Food for the Soul||p. 30|
|Following the Example: Using the Psalms for Spiritual Formation||p. 39|
|Being Whole: Holiness and Sanctification as a Wesleyan Paradigm for Spiritual Formation||p. 48|
|Attaining Perfection: Love for God and Neighbor||p. 65|
|Finding the Means to the End: Christian Discipleship and Formation Practices||p. 74|
|Building the Body: The Church as a Means of Grace||p. 87|
|Worshipping as Created: God's Gift of Communal Worship and the Sacraments||p. 97|
|Making Time Stand Strong: Spiritual Formation Day by Day||p. 107|
|Breathing Faith: Christian Prayer and Contemplation||p. 116|
|Recognizing Our Limitations: The Wisdom of Self-Care||p. 127|
|Hearing Between the Lines: The Practice of Listening for God||p. 138|
|Dialoguing as Transformation: Formation Through Encounters with "The Other"||p. 147|
|Walking the Journey Together: Spiritual Direction and Mentoring||p. 157|
|Crossing the Boundaries: Spiritual Formation and Cross-Cultural Ministry||p. 167|
|Displaying Genuine Compassion: Spiritually Transforming the World||p. 176|
|Laying the Foundation: Spiritually Forming Families||p. 184|
|Developing True Faith: Spiritually Forming Adolescents||p. 193|
|Integrating Christlike Character: Spiritually Forming College Students||p. 201|
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