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Spiritual Disciplines Handbook

Practices That Transform Us

Fast­ing. Soli­tude. Con­tem­pla­tive prayer. Lec­tio div­ina. Have you heard about these prac­tices and want­ed to try them? Have you wan­dered from one prac­tice to anoth­er not sure quite what to do? Are you over­whelmed by all the to-dos of your spir­i­tu­al life? We have good desires – for a more inti­mate prayer life, per­haps, or deep­er insight from God’s Word – but we don’t know how to get there. So we give up our pur­suit, tired from wan­der­ing aim­less­ly, and end up feel­ing guilty and more dis­tant from God instead of clos­er. In the Spir­i­tu­al Dis­ci­plines Hand­book Adele Cal­houn gives us direc­tions for our jour­ney toward inti­ma­cy with Christ. While the word dis­ci­pline may make us want to run and hide, the author shows how desires and dis­ci­pline work togeth­er to lead us to the trans­for­ma­tion we’re long­ing for – the trans­for­ma­tion only Christ can bring. Instead of just giv­ing infor­ma­tion about spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­plines, thisHand­book is full of prac­ti­cal, acces­si­ble guid­ance that helps you actu­al­ly do them. Moth­ers, fathers, plumbers, nurs­es, stu­dents – we’re all on a jour­ney. And spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­plines are for all of us who desire to know Christ deeply and be like him. Here is direc­tion for our desire, lead­ing us to the ulti­mate des­ti­na­tion: more of Christ himself.

2005

Recommendations

A practical guide to a wide range of disciplines from the classical practices of prayer, worship, meditation, and scripture study to more contemporary disciplines such as mentoring, journaling, unplugging, and accountability partners. A readable and accessible introduction to the practice of the spiritual disciplines.
Elizabeth R. Pearson, The Christian Librarian

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