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 .