Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Jesus  -     By: Paul Pettit
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Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Jesus

Kregel Publications / 2008 / Hardcover

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More than a half a dozen seminary professors have compiled this comprehensive handbook on the nature and practice of spiritual formation. Pastors and church leaders will gain valuable insight into the incorporation of spiritual formation into the life of the church.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0825434696
ISBN-13: 9780825434693
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"Foundations of Spiritual Formation" takes a unique approach to its subject, arguing that we become like Christ in the context of authentic, Christian community. Without undermining individual Bible study, private prayer, and meditation, the authors emphasize these pursuits for the purpose of both personal and community enrichment-that the whole body, as well as the individual, may be built up.

Part 1 lays the groundwork of spiritual formation. Jonathan Morrow develops a distinctively evangelical theology, while Richard Averbeck writes about worship. Then Gordon Johnston and Darrell Bock delve into the text of Scripture, grounding the pursuit of spiritual formation in revealed truth.

Part 2 focuses on functional aspects of spiritual formation. Klaus Issler emphasizes the importance of the heart in spiritual formation, while Reid Kisling illustrates the vital connection between character development and spiritual formation. Bill Miller explores love's role as the motivation for spiritual formation. Andrew Seidel examines servant leadership, and George Hillman extends the discussion to include the significance of calling. Gail Seidel discusses personal narrative as a catalyst for spiritual formation, and in closing, Harry Shields advocates the public preaching of the Word as a tool for spiritual formation.

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Author/Artist Review

Author: Paul Pettit
Located in: Dallas, Texas
Submitted: October 23, 2008

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I teach at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. I am the Director of Spiritual Formation and I also teach in the Pastoral Ministries Department.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  There is much mysticism and heresy in some spiritual formation circles. We wanted to write a theologically conservative approach to the topic and attempt to keep it grounded in Scripture.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  It is a wonderful introduction to the topic of Spiritual Formation.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I asked several scholars to write a chapter, so this was a joy for me to interact with them and edit their work. It was my good fortune to get to know them and assist them in this small way.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Howard Hendricks, Chuck Swindoll, Mark Bailey, Erwin Lutzer, Dallas Willard, Larry Crabb, David Platt, Roger Raymer, Jim Congdon, Charlie Dyer, Darrell Bock, Rich Mullins, Steven Curtis Chapman, Steve Stroope, and many more.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Living the Christ-centered life is a wild and woolly adventure. There are no cookie-cutter approaches to following Jesus that really last. Keep your eyes on the Savior and your nose in the Good Book.

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