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Shaped by the Word

The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation

by M. Robert Mulholland, Jr.

Here is a new way to read scrip­ture — a way that allows scrip­ture to shape your spir­i­tu­al life. Learn to

  • lis­ten for the voice of God in the Bible,
  • move from infor­ma­tion­al read­ing to for­ma­tion­al read­ing of the Bible,
  • give up con­trol” over the text and let God lead your read­ing and understanding.

An empha­sis on the cog­ni­tive, pure­ly ratio­nal approach to read­ing erects bar­ri­ers to spir­i­tu­al read­ing of Scrip­ture. We have lost the abil­i­ty to med­i­tate upon the Word — to lis­ten to God in scrip­ture with the deep­est core of our being.

In Shaped By The Word, Robert Mul­hol­land invites you to read scrip­ture anoth­er way. He demon­strates how to release con­trol of the text, which is based on today’s typ­i­cal infor­ma­tion­al approach and to allow God to speak to the spir­i­tu­al self — the for­ma­tion­al approach. The meth­ods Mul­hol­land explores are clas­sic Chris­t­ian paths to spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion through scrip­ture read­ing, meth­ods that have been fore­shad­owed by a bias for ana­lyt­i­cal Bible study.

This kind of med­i­ta­tion on the Word can bring you to a more vibrant rela­tion­ship with God. Only through such for­ma­tion­al read­ing of the Bible will you find your­self shaped by the Word.

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