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The Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality
Brazos Press / 2008 / Hardcover
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Providing an accessible interdisciplinary overview of spiritual formation in the Protestant, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox traditions, Howard offers a comprehensive perspective---from historic to postmodern---on what relationship with God looks like for Christians. Includes chapter outlines, objectives, and summaries; questions for further exploration; readings from the history of spirituality; plus sidebars, focus boxes, charts, illustrations, and a glossary. 320 pages, hardcover.
Evan Howard provides a solid and comprehensive overview of spiritual formation in the Protestant, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox traditions in The Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality. In short, Howard desires to answer the following question for readers: "What does relationship with God look like for Christians?" The book is interdisciplinary in its approach, drawing from fields such as theology and psychology. What makes this book especially accessible are its chapter outlines and objectives, sidebars, focus boxes, charts, pictures, cartoons, chapter summaries and questions, and glossary, all of which present the material in an easily digestible format for the curious layperson.
Evan B. Howard (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) founded and directs the Spirituality Shoppe, an evangelical center for the study of Christian spirituality. In addition, he is a lecturer in philosophy and religion at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, as well as the author of Affirming the Touch of God: A Psychological and Philosophical Exploration of Christian Discernment and Praying the Scriptures: A Field Guide for Your Spiritual Journey.
"Evan Howard has written a truly foundational work on Christian spirituality. To answer the question: 'What does relationship with God look like for Christians?' Howard moves systematically through the basic issues that undergird the study and practice of Christian spirituality, illustrating each topic from the breadth of the Christian spiritual tradition. This book will be in the hands of my students as soon as possible!" -Elizabeth Liebert, San Francisco Theological Seminary
"Here is a textbook that makes a new kind of course possible. Even better, it offers the church's wisdom about what makes transformed lives possible. May it turn our seminaries and sanctuaries into schools for conversion and give substance to the next Great Awakening." -Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Free to Be Bound and New Monasticism
"With a unique format and comprehensive approach, The Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality is an essential read for all who seek to experience Christian faith and practice it in its fullness." -Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline and Streams of Living Water
"Evan Howard has provided us with a clear and comprehensive overview of Christian spirituality. He pays attention to the breadth of Christian spirituality in a way that is fair and at the same time does not leave the reader merely overwhelmed with options. The book is masterfully organized and readers will appreciate the sidebars with charts, summaries, case studies, and a comprehensive glossary. The intention of the book is to provide an overview of Christian spirituality, but the volume contains the elements necessary for a comprehensive program of Christian formation." -James C. Wilhoit, Wheaton College; author of Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered
"Here is a rich quilt work of biblical, theological, and philosophical reflection on the dynamics of the with-God life. Howard's book arguably is the most comprehensive treatment of spirituality from an evangelical perspective in the English language." -Bruce Demarest, Denver Seminary
Christian spirituality is in vogue in the postmodern twenty-first century. Both colleges and seminaries now offer courses---even advanced degrees---on spiritual formation and spiritual disciplines; for this reason, a straightforward, comprehensive textbook is needed. Enter The Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality by Evan B. Howard.
This book offers a broad-minded approach that covers Protestant, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox traditions. In addition, it is interdisciplinary in its approach, drawing from fields such as theology and psychology. What makes this book especially accessible are its chapter outlines and objectives, sidebars, focus boxes, charts, pictures, cartoons, chapter summaries and questions, and glossary. In brief, this work is informative, illuminating, interesting, and ecumenical.
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