Today's culture of distraction offers a hostile environment for the spiritual life---a formless "busyness" threatens to suffocate us. Learn to survive and thrive in the struggle for The Shape of Living. Cambridge theologian David Ford explains the nature of work and calling, the formation of personal virtues, the stewardship of time and resources, and the disciplines of spiritual growth. An eloquent gem of "thinking spirituality." 208 pages, softcover, Baker.
In our culture of distraction it can be hard to focus on spiritual matters. Work, finances, and uncertain futures are just a few things that overwhelm us daily. Discover how to overcome and develop an everyday spirituality that will guide your actions and bring meaning to your hectic life.
"Ford provides a way beyond distraction to joy and buoyancy."--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Amidst the glut of books on the devotional life that seek to be relevant and are only contemporary, this book is already a classic on the 'spirituality of everyday life.' I could hardly put it down."--Ray Anderson, Fuller Theological Seminary
"A wise book that concentrates on the principle aspects of our lives that we so often get wrong because we lack wisdom."--Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School
"Offers far greater wealth than even several readings can probe."--Books & Culture
"Profound and reflective . . . yet always concrete, and never dishonest or evasive. A jewel of the spiritual life in its everyday manifestations."--Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale Divinity School
"These reflections ought to be read by laity and clergy alike, for they offer the spiritual renewal we desperately need."--L. Gregory Jones, Duke University Divinity School
"The Shape of Living is like a friend's invitation to a dinner at which you encounter some unexpected guests and hope for some life-shaping consequence. By all means, accept."--The Christian Century
David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University, is the author and editor of many books, including Reading Texts, Seeking Wisdom
David F. Ford is Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He is the author or editor of many books, including The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology in the Twentieth Century.
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