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Product Details

  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; Cmb Rev edition (November 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830810927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830810925
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A moving, inspiring, easy-to-read testimony to the pure goodness of God. By posing pertinent questions, Trevor Hudson takes us into the transforming, healing presence of God. Individuals and groups desiring to grow in grace and go deeper into God could benefit enormously from applying themselves to this profound and powerful book." (Joyce Huggett, author of The Joy of Listening to God)

"From his long-time pastoral heart and skills, Trevor invites us to be shepherded and strengthened with practices that immerse us in God and lead us into Christlikeness." (Jan Johnson, spiritual director and author of Invitation to the Jesus Life and Spiritual Disciplines Companion)

"I consider Trevor Hudson to be a wonderful friend. He must be because even after my wife started using one of his books (instead of mine) for a college course she was teaching on spiritual formation, I still like him. And she's certain to begin using Discovering Our Spiritual Identity, because I can hardly imagine a better resource for Christ-following; like the author, it is practical and profound." (Gary W. Moon, M.Div., Ph.D., vice president, Richmont Graduate University, and author of Apprenticeship with Jesus)

"I met Trevor Hudson one sunny day in his home country, South Africa. The moment I met him I knew him to be a profoundly spiritual person, and our lengthy conversation that day confirmed my initial impression. Trevor Hudson is one of South Africa's contemporary spiritual masters. The book in your hands contains the wisdom of a gentle pastor guiding each of us into a deeper walk with a God who heals. If I had one person I'd choose to be a pastor to my children, it would be Trevor Hudson." (Scot McKnight, author of Jesus Creed and blogger at www.patheos.com)

"To those who have already discovered him, Trevor Hudson is a much loved and trusted spiritual guide who is known for his practical books on the Christian spiritual journey. Organized around sixteen signposts toward a renewed spirituality that is centered in Jesus, Discovering Our Spiritual Identity presents a series of what he calls 'holy experiments'—time-tested practices that hold the potential of transforming hearts and minds, attention and awareness, willing and doing. Don't just read this book; take the time to live it, to make space in your life for these experiments to gain a foothold. It will leave you forever changed." (Dr. David G. Benner, author of Opening to God and The Gift of Being Yourself)

About the Author

Trevor Hudson has been in the Methodist ministry for the past thirty odd years, spending most of this time in and around Johannesburg, South Africa. Presently he is part of the pastoral team at Northfield Methodist Church in Benoni where he preaches and teaches on a weekly basis. He has written nine books, including A Mile in My Shoes and Listening to the Groans, which have recently been published in the U.S. Much of his ministry has been shaped by two passions: helping ordinary people experience the transforming presence and power of Jesus in their everyday lives and helping people build the kind of local faith community which seeks to take seriously the suffering of those around them. His interests include watching sports, walking and running, discovering new places, reading and writing.

Dallas Willard (1935-2013) was a professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for over 40 years. A highly influential author and teacher, Willard was as celebrated for his enduring writings on spiritual formation as he was for his scholarship. His books include The Divine Conspiracy (Christianity Today’s Book of the Year in 1998), The Spirit of the Disciplines, Hearing God, Renovation of the Heart and others. His books have received numerous Christianity Today Annual Book Awards and other recognitions. Willard served on the boards of the C.S. Lewis Foundation and Biola University, and was a member of numerous evaluation committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. He received bachelor’s degrees from both Tennessee Temple College and Baylor University and a graduate degree at Baylor University, as well as a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Philosophy and the History of Science.

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A great book for individuals or study groups.
Sondra
The book is full of short application exercises which help one understand the Biblical concepts described in the book.
Walter L. Kelly
A top pick for lost Christians, "Discovering Our Spiritual Identity" is very highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Borden VINE VOICE on March 1, 2011
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This is a superb book. Not only is it insightful with its presentation of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, it provides deeply life-changing exercises and practices that will help any "follower" along the way. I have read and worked through the exercises of many, many spiritual formation/disciplines books and I think this one has been one of my favorites. Maybe it was the way the author, Trevor Hudson, writes... maybe it is the formatting of the book, or maybe it is simply the exercises themselves. Maybe it is all of the above. In any event, this has been a delightful read. I continue to think about the concepts introduced in the exercises, and as such, my thoughts are continually brought back to focus on the object of those thoughts, Christ Jesus. I believe this is the resultant objective of the book, Discovering our Spiritual Identity, and that would qualify it as a success to my thinking.

The book is sectioned into sixteen sessions consisting of an objective idea (aka Holy Experiment), a reading to introduce the idea-experiment, a written assignment or two, and practical assignments with discussion points. While the book (workbook) is certainly capable for individuals, I think it would be best served working through it with a partner or in a group of 3-5 people.

As I mentioned, I have participated in workbooks teaching spiritual disciplines and I have taught them in groups as well. I am thankful for this resource as it has provided me with another means of expressing with "utter simplicity and clarity the profound truths of Jesus Christ" (Dallas Willard).

Trevor Hudson concludes the workbook and exercises with pastoral gentleness, but somber warning and reminder; "Spiritual disciplines are not a way of earning salvation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Walter L. Kelly on March 4, 2014
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This is another book I bought for a class at church. Hudson does a good job in showing how Scripture declares who we are in Christ Jesus and how precious we are in God's sight. The book is full of short application exercises which help one understand the Biblical concepts described in the book. A good choice for those who are struggling with what the Bible says about our Spiritual Identity.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 10, 2010
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Losing touch with God is losing touch with the spirit. "Discovering Our Spiritual Identity: Practices for God's Beloved" is a spiritually charged guide to remembering one's bonds to God and finding one's place in His domain once more. Designed to help readers find their own faith, Trevor Hudson offers many helpful questions to guide readers. A top pick for lost Christians, "Discovering Our Spiritual Identity" is very highly recommended.
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By CarolynJ on May 28, 2014
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We used this in our small group, selecting chapters each session. It worked out well. Generally I don't like books for small group study. I find them superficial. This was not. It has depth, yet easy enough for newer believers to read. I thought it was well written and worthwhile.
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Taking a Spiritual Formations course at the church & reviewing most chapters. We apply personal experiences to the Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
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The content of this book is wonderful. The digital formatting is disastrous with major flaws mostly in the Table of Contents, and major topic headings as well as inserted comments. Is makes reading difficult and distracting.

Amazon was most gracious when this was reported and said it would be corrected in a week or two and then I could have the corrected formatting. It has been a week or two and no correction as yet that I have seen. Since my wife has a paperback copy, I can cross reference for now, but that does defeat the reason for having a digital copy.

I am looking forward to the corrections.The I can add many stars to my rating.
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I love this book! it has practical, thoughtful exercises that help reveal how you see God, how he sees you, and how to grow closer to him. Nothing vague in this book. If you follow the steps, your level of spiritual revelation will increase.
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Our small group of women went through this study last year. We loved it so much! It brought us closer together, and the teachings and questions were just the right size for working women. It was nice to do a study from another country. It made me think. It encouraged all of us to think about how we were living Kingdom life.
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