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What does a relationship with God look like and how do we obtain it? It is vital for church leaders to grapple seriously with this question, for pat answers no longer suffice. Lives well-lived, not just words eloquently spoken, must become our response. The quality of our relationship with God is what will influence the health, potency, and witness of the church in an increasingly complex and hostile world. Designed for use as a college or seminary course, Conformed to His Image helps us build our lives on a fully biblical perspective. Exploring twelve approaches to Christian spirituality in depth, Dr. Kenneth Boa corrects our tendency to pick and compartmentalize. Pointing the way instead to an integrative, whole-life approach, Dr. Boa shows how each spiritual paradigm discussed is just one important facet in the gem of authentic and powerful New Testament living. With chapter overviews and objectives, questions for personal application, a glossary, and a list of key terms, Conformed to His Image will prove a defining text for the student, pastor, and church leader of today . . . and tomorrow. 12 Facets of the Complete Christian Life Relational Spirituality: Loving God Completely, Ourselves Correctly, and Others Compassionately Paradigm Spirituality: Cultivating an Eternal versus a Temporal Perspective Disciplined Spirituality: Engaging in the Historical Differences Exchanged Life Spirituality: Grasping Our True Identity in Christ Motivated Spirituality: A Set of Biblical Incentives Devotional Spirituality: Falling in Love with God Holistic Spirituality: Every Component of Life under the Lordship of Christ Process Spirituality: Being versus Doing, Process versus Product Spirit-Filled Spirituality: Walking in the Power of the Spirit Warfare Spirituality: The World, the Flesh, and the Devil Nurturing Spirituality: A Lifestyle of Discipleship and Evangelism Corporate Spirituality: Encouragement, Accountability, and Worship

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Ken Boa (PhD, New York University; DPhil, University of Oxford) is the president of Reflections Ministries and Trinity House Publishers. His recent publications include Conformed to His Image, Face to Face, Pursuing Wisdom, The Art of Living Well, Wisdom at Work, Living What You Believe, and Sacred Readings.
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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 7.2.2001 edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031023848X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310238485
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James John Hollandsworth, M.D. VINE VOICE on January 25, 2005
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I have been frustrated for years with most books on spiritual growth, because almost invariably they suffer from tunnel vision, seeing only one particular part of the whole spectrum of Christian growth to the exclusion of the rest. I have searched in vain for a comprehensive evaluation of all the philosophies and methods used over the centuries...searched in vain until I read Conformed to His Image by Ken Boa. Despite having a prodigious intellect(2 doctoral degrees including a D.Phil. from Oxford), he is a humble and accessible man of God(I have had the privilege of meeting him at a retreat some years back). In this seminary level textbook he masterfully summarizes and categorizes a broad spectrum of spiritual growth in 12 major areas, from spiritual disciplines to spiritual warfare. I have underlined sentences on almost every one of the 500+ pages; this book is without equal. Its depth and breath are unique in contemporary Christian literature. Highly recommended.
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I am going to be extravagant and almost hyperbolic in what I say in this review. Even though there is the danger of me over-promising on something and it under-delivers, I ignore that possibility and I make a bold proposal and a heartfelt request

Read this book - for it can change your life.
This book can help you discover the life you have always wanted.
It can do that, if you use this book in the right way which I (happily) will just happen to describe in some detail.

First I'll tell you what the book is and what it contains.
Then I'll give you my recommendation on how to use this book.

This is a big book. It can be a bit daunting looking at its size and thumbing through its pages.

This book is a labor of love from Ken Boa.

(Ken - a personal thank-you. I am sure you will write many more books and add them to your list of publications, but this one may be your Magna Opus. If you surpass it with a later book... !).

Boa has sweepingly studied and understood the wide gamut of Christian spirituality in all its many traditions and expressions. And he has nicely summarized his findings in a well organized, biblically rich, pastorally sensitive, spiritually wise offering.

Make no mistake, this book is solid theology and savory spirituality. Boa invites you to think wisely and experience widely of God's manifold richness. It is always grounded in the Scriptures and yet always oriented toward the practical expression of truth.

This book is substantially informed with nuggets of gold from the great spiritual writers and devotional classics, both ancient and contemporary. it is warmly Evangelical and widely Ecumenical in its scope.
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Kenneth Boa defines 12 facets of the Christian life and deals with each one in a thoroughly practical, yet deeply theological way. He does seem to think that Christians can be demon-possessed, a view which I do not hold. In spite of that, I recommend the book to the seasoned Christan. Written in textbook style, it makes for extended Bible studies for mid-week gatherings, home studies, etc. There are a great number of resources from which he cites quotes, and the cost of the book is worth the resource list alone. I particularly enjoyed the facet about the Christian Disciplines. In a day of hyper-faith, wealth, prosperity, and health gospel, this book is a refreshing return to sanity. I wish I had it years ago.
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I ordered this book some time ago. I have enjoyed Kenneth Boa's other books, Praying the Scriptures for Intimate Worship Praying the Scripture for Spiritual Growth. So, this book intrigued me. When I got it, I thought it looked too academic, but I was so wrong! I took it off the shelf last week after owning it for over a year. I wish I had picked it up sooner! This is a wonderfully practical guide to Spiritual Formation. It is so comprehensive, and I couldn't put it down. It was food for my soul!
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Spiritual formation: Even the term itself is esoteric, suggesting this book's likely value only inside the cloistered halls of seminaries. That misunderstanding would be a tragedy. Readers, this outstanding, very well organized textbook is anything but purely academic! It offers a gold mine of wisdom, experience and biblical understanding about a Christian's spiritual journey--in all its various facets. If there is a God in heaven (and there is!), Dr. Kenneth Boa's book should get very broad distribution among Christian laypeople, not just pastors and professors. His book is absolutely fantastic, thoroughly biblical, and even devotional and reverent. It is also very practical and emminently helpful to persons on the pilgrim's path, particularly to those who are looking for more spiritual progress. Perhaps most helpful is the fact that Boa's book gives readers a balanced perspective on those teachers and teachings that suggest that there is only one pathway within orthodox Christianity to proper spiritual formation and an intimate relationship with God. I give Conformed to His Image my highest recommendation!
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According to the apostle Paul the goal of the Christian life is that we would be "conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29)." I have used this book several times now in classes at my church on developing in the spiritual disciplines in the context of community. This book has it all - good theology; historical theology; and excellent study questions and applications throughout. I have used this book along with Grudem's Systematic Theology, Allison's Historical Theology, and Ogden's books on discipleship to try to balance the mentoring and discipleship process of making theologically culturally penetrating disciples of Christ.

Kenneth Boa's prayer in is that a result of reading this book you will:

- develop a greater appreciation for the unique way God has made you;
- become aware of a wider array of options for your spiritual journey;
- get out of a possible spiritual rut;
- desire to experiment with other facets of the faith
- appreciate the manifold legacy that has been bequeathed to us by those who have gone before us;
- expand your horizons and be encouraged to move out of your comfort zone
- have instilled in you a greater passion for Christ and a greater desire to participate in his loving purposes for your life.

Does Boa succeed in the above? A resounding "yes." I have used this book one on one; in small groups of 7-14 people; and larger groups of 20-40 people. In every case the book has proven to be effective in helping all involved to grow in Christ like qualities, and behavior.
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