Seasons of the Soul: Stages of Spiritual Development

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IVP Books #ad - Every christian is on an amazing journey. But the unfortunate truth is that many of us live largely detached from this fact. Days go by, but it can be hard to feel a sense of movement or growth. Using scripture, writings from our rich spiritual tradition and stories of present-day believers walking the same path of faith, Demarest leads us through the three main stages of the journey:putting our faith in Christexperiencing struggles and doubtscoming to deeper faithIn addition, discussion and reflection questions at the end of each chapter help you see where you've been and what stage you're at now.

Sometimes, in periods of doubt and depression, we might feel stuck in the same place for months. Yet the truth remains that from the moment we give Christ control of our life, we set out on the most significant journey that exists: the journey of becoming like Jesus. And throughout the book, you will be reminded of the ultimate destination: perfection, wholeness and eternity with Christ.

Seasons of the Soul: Stages of Spiritual Development #ad - Whether you are struggling and feeling stuck or experiencing a time of great joy, these pages will give you perspective, courage and hope as they guide you on the path of becoming like Jesus. In these pages, spiritual formation professor and New Testament scholar Bruce Demarest helps us grasp the whole picture of the journey we're on that we might live our days with intention and keep moving toward maturity in faith.

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Minding the Heart

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Kregel Publications #ad - Saucy offers insightful instruction on what spiritual transformation is and how to achieve it. It is the very place where God works to change us. The renewing of the heart is an inescapable human need, " writes Saucy, "but the solution lies only within the realm of the divine. Drawing from inspiring bible passages as well as selected scientific studies, Saucy demonstrates how to make lasting change so Christians can finally achieve the joys of becoming more like Christ.

He shows how renewing one's mind through meditation, and community can begin the process of change, action, but ultimately the final change—the change that brings abundant life—can only come through a vital relationship with God. But how does this growth take place? How are Christians to discover the steadfast spirit of David's psalm? In Minding the Heart, Robert L.

Minding the Heart #ad - . Indeed, the heart is the control center of life. The heart is the most important biblical term for the person's nature and actions.

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Beloved Dust: Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth About Yourself

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Thomas Nelson #ad - Beloved dust strikes the rare balance of being rich and deep while remaining practical and engaging. It is a beautiful and gracious exploration of prayer that everyone seeking a truer, deeper, and more authentic life with Christ should read. Jamin goggin and kyle Strobel address our expectations and frustrations about spiritual growth in a hopeful, empowering way.

I am thankful for Jamin and Kyle’s gift to us within these pages. Tsh oxenreider, author of notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World. It’s about abiding in God. If communion with God is your goal, self-help strategies and personal resolutions will fail you. Prepare your heart for the gifts God has for you.

Beloved Dust: Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth About Yourself #ad - Here is great wisdom on spiritual growth and friendship with God; written by two people whose friendship for each is evident—and who will become your friends before the end of the book. John ortberg, author of soul keeping  "This is a important look at the most important aspect of life—what a genuine relationship with God really looks like.

Pastor of central christian church  in a culture of pop Christianity that serves a fast food gospel for consumers wanting drive-by spirituality, Goggin and Strobel defy expectations. But jesus Christ will not. Drawing deeply from scripture and narrating their own experiences, Pastor Jamin Goggin and theology professor Kyle Strobel wrote this book to be a companion for your journey with Jesus in the truth of yourself – as his beloved dust.

But the christian life is not about looking or feeling like a Christian.

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Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards

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IVP Books #ad - And is there a better elder to guide us than Jonathan Edwards?In Edwards, the eighteenth-century Puritan pastor and theologian, we find deep thought balanced with deep passion. No small task! is there someone we can turn to for help? "Wisdom tells us to sit at the feet of our elders rather than the latest ministry fad, " notes author Kyle Strobel.

Here we find a well-rounded account of being formed for the glory of God. Jesus said we should focus our minds and hearts on God above all else. Through his writings and practices, edwards provides us with the tools—the "means of grace"—that make us receptive to God's work in our lives as we learn to abide in Christ.

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The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction

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IVP Books #ad - Listening shapes us and equips us to be more attuned to people in pain and more able to minister to those in distress. Our lives are qualitatively different―indeed, better―when we become listeners. God himself is the god who hears, through Scripture, and we too can learn to hear what God may be saying through creation, through people.

Christianity today's 2017 book of the year award - Spiritual FormationLogos Association Bookstore Award, Best Christian Living Book for 2016Bookwi. Se's favorite books of the year, non-fiction14th Annual Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year, Christian Living"Be quick to listen, slow to speak. James 1:19how would our lives change if we approached every experience with the intention of listening first?In this noisy, distracting world, it is difficult to truly hear.

The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction #ad - . People talk past each other, eager to be heard but somehow deaf to what is being said. Heed the call to the listening life, and hear what God is doing in you and the world. But it is more than that: listening is a way of life. Adam mchugh places listening at the heart of our spirituality, our relationships and our mission in the world.

Listening is an essential skill for healthy relationships, both with God and with other people. By cultivating a posture of listening, we become more attentive and engaged with those around us.

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A Guide to Christian Spiritual Formation: How Scripture, Spirit, Community, and Mission Shape Our Souls

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Baker Academic #ad - A Guide to Christian Spiritual Formation: How Scripture, Spirit, Community, and Mission Shape Our Souls #ad - Evan howard, accessible, a noted authority on Christian spirituality, provides a holistic, and informed introduction to Christian spiritual formation written from a broadly evangelical perspective. The book includes helpful features such as figures, charts, chapter overviews, and formation-focused questions.

Its evangelical-ecumenical and global perspectives will appeal to a wide audience. Howard joins scripture with themes of community, formation, spirit, and mission in a single integrative guide. Resources for professors and students are available through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.

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When the Well Runs Dry: Prayer Beyond the Beginnings

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Ave Maria Press #ad - This work encourages readers to re-examine their perspectives on prayer and argues that prayer has less to do with what readers do or know and more to do with what God does in them. Builds on green's classic and bestselling primer on prayer Opening to God.

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On Prayer - Fire Within: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and the Gospel

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Ignatius Press #ad - Here is an outstanding book on prayer and the spiritual life written by one of the best spiritual directors and retreat masters of our time, and based on the writings of the Church's two greatest mystical doctors. Dubay's many years of study and experience in spiritual direction and in it he synthesizes the teachings on prayer of the two great doctors of the Church on prayer--St.

On Prayer - Fire Within: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and the Gospel #ad - It is meant for every christian and is based on the Gospel imperative of personal prayer and the call to holiness. All the major elements of these great teachers are ordered, commented on and put in the context of their scriptural foundations. Dubay synthesized is not collected from Teresa and John for contemplatives alone.

John of the Cross and St. This book is the fruit of Fr. But the teaching that Fr. Teresa of avila--and the teaching of Sacred Scripture.

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Beauty, Order, and Mystery: A Christian Vision of Human Sexuality Center for Pastor Theologians Series

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IVP Academic #ad - Humans are sexual creatures. Our sexuality can be a beautiful and mysterious expression of what it means to be human. Contributors engage with scripture, pornography, transgenderism, marriage, and delve into current issues in contemporary culture, draw on examples from church history, homosexuality, including embodiment, and gender dysphoria.

Beauty, order, and mystery tackles difficult questions with discernment in order to offer a theological vision of faithful human sexuality for the church. Based on the 2016 annual cpt conference, this volume brings together the reflections of church leaders and academic theologians who seek to answer the urgent questions concerning human sexuality.

Beauty, Order, and Mystery: A Christian Vision of Human Sexuality Center for Pastor Theologians Series #ad - But it can also become distorted and sinful. Perhaps no issue is as urgent for the church today, or confronts it with as many questions, as human sexuality: What does it mean to fulfill God’s will through our sexuality? To what extent should our sexuality define who we are? How can we navigate cultural trends around sexuality while being faithful to Scripture?The Center for Pastor Theologians CPT seeks to assist pastors in the study and production of biblical and theological scholarship for the theological renewal of the church and the ecclesial renewal of theology.

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Resting Place: A Personal Guide to Spiritual Retreats

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IVP Books #ad - We want to slow down but don't know how and don't really believe that we can. Full of quotes to contemplate, questions, jane rubietta leads us to and through times of silence and solitude that will follow us into our everyday world as we learn to allow Jesus to guide, and ideas for creativity, Scripture to meditate on, prayer and journaling ideas, comfort and restore us.

Come to the shepherd, and find the true rest your soul is longing for. A personal retreat. We've never needed it more. And often, the idea of a personal retreat--time for solitude and silence--makes us feel as anxious as all our frenzied rushing. We run from one place to the next--from meetings and appointments to our kid's soccer practice, from class to work to choir rehearsal, from the grocery store to small group--and then drop into bed later than we hoped, exhausted and dreading the morning.

Resting Place: A Personal Guide to Spiritual Retreats #ad - What in the world would we do with an hour, an afternoon or gulp! a whole day of solitude with god?but what is the cost of our frantic pace? What are we missing by not slowing down for reflection and meditation on Scripture? What kind of toll does our anxious running take on those around us--and, even more deeply, wrestling with discontent, on our own soul? In Resting Place, retreat speaker Jane Rubietta addresses soul matters with retreat topics such as dealing with our fear of abandonment, overcoming our attempts to control others and fulfilling our deep desire to be loved.

These retreats help us enter Psalm 23 rest, a place of true rest and trust in our loving, gentle Shepherd.

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Mere Sexuality: Rediscovering the Christian Vision of Sexuality

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Zondervan #ad - What do christians believe about human sexuality?in mere sexuality, Catholic, author and pastor Todd Wilson presents the historic Christian consensus about human sexuality, the Great Tradition of the church for centuries as taught in each of its major expressions - Orthodox, and Protestant. Mere sexuality seeks to guide readers back to the beauty and coherence of this vision of sexuality in the face of an aggressive and all-consuming pagan and secular worldview.

Mere Sexuality: Rediscovering the Christian Vision of Sexuality #ad - Along the way he provides ordinary believers with an introduction to the historic Christian vision of sexuality, yet does so in conversation with some of the twenty-first century’s leading challenges to this vision. In a culture that is deeply confused about human sexuality, Wilson believes it is time for evangelicals to retrieve the historic Christian tradition and biblical teaching on the question of sexuality.

Wilson highlights the stunning shift of opinion on issues of sexuality in the evangelical church and why this break with the historic church is problematic for the future of Christianity.

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