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(PUBAbingdon)Now in softcover! ''Highly recommended as both a history of spirituality and for practical exercises,''---ADRIS Newsletter. Leading experts consider patristic, devotio moderna, Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, Wesleyan, Ignatian, Carmelite, monastic, African-American, and feminist styles of piety. 464 pages.
This volume offers a comprehensive intellectual and experiential introduction toChristian spirituality. It embraces spiritual traditions from the Patristic periodto the present day. Part I, "The Roots of Contemporary Western Spirituality," coversspiritual types that have been fundamental in shaping spiritual practice. Part II, "Distinctive Spiritual Traditions," offers major introductory essays on spiritualtraditions formed by such notable figures as Luther, Wesley, Ignatius, and John ofthe Cross, as well as ecclesiastical traditions such as Anglicanism. Part III, "TheFeminine Dimension in Christian Spirituality," is devoted to Marian Spirituality, holy women, and feminism. Each of the fourteen chapters is followed by a practicumwhich enables readers to assimilate the practice prescribed into their owndevotional life .
Robin Maas is associate professor of Christian education, Wesley Theological Seminary.
Gabriel O'Donnell is associate professor of spiritual theology and liturgics, Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC.