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"A gem. . . . If you have time to read only one book on spiritual formation, this is a good candidate." (Christian Counseling Today)

"You will not be disappointed with this already very popular book." (Evangelical Journal)

About the Author

M. Robert Mulholland Jr. (Th.D., Harvard) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of several books, including Shaped by the Word (Upper Room), Revelation (Zondervan), and the landmark spiritual formation book Invitation to a Journey (IVP).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 173 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (July 7, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830813861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830813865
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M. Robert Mulholland Jr. (Th.D., Harvard) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of several books, including Shaped by the Word (Upper Room), Revelation (Zondervan), and the landmark spiritual formation book Invitation to a Journey (IVP).

Customer Reviews

It is a very interesting book, although dry at points.
R. Paoni
This is a great book on spiritual formation; I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a deeper walk with the Lord or to the new Seeker.
Deborah Whitney
I gave it five stars because it is well written and informative.
nuri

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
This easy-to-read book provides sound, practical guidance for the development of a personal practice of spirituality. Dr. Mulholland recognizes the individual ways each of us approaches God, and he encourages us to develop these methods to their fullest measure. He also challenges us to explore spiritual disciplines with which we are less comfortable as a way to add depth to our relationships with God. His discussion on the nature of prayer weaves its way throughout the book and provides the foundation upon which spiritual disciplines are built. This book will prove useful to spiritual leaders who wish to introduce spiritual disciplines to others, as well as to individuals who want to explore ways to practice spiritual disciplines in everyday life.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Phillip H. Steiger VINE VOICE on June 25, 2007
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This book was a wonderful surprise to me when I picked it up. It was given to me as a textbook for a class I was teaching, and I honestly began to read it without any particular expectation. It has turned out to be one of the more practically helpful and insightful books on spiritual formation I have read. It is well organized, and very accessible.

Two strengths in particular stand out to me. First is the author's definition of spiritual formation: "Spiritual formation is a process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others" (pg. 12). The "for the sake of others" provides a kind of focal point for much of what the book has to say about being conformed. Second is Mulholland's emphasis on the need for believers to be conformed in areas of their lives where they are most unlike Christ. Once that is said, it seems obvious enough: it just isn't said all that often.

If you are looking for good books on spiritual formation, I recommend this one highly.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. Paoni on January 29, 2003
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I think that Mulholland did an excellent job stating and formulating his ideas on growth and spiritual formation. I found the section, that utilized the pyschologist Carl Jung and the Meyers-Brigg's type indicator extremely facinating and useful. I am currently enrolled in a graduate level Leadership class that utilizes these type indicators. Mulholland identified many things that I am dealing with spiritually, that relate to my personality, that I never have pin-pointed before (e.g. because I am an extrovert, I need to focus more on quite time and reflection in regards to spiritual growth rather than my natural tendency to study in larger groups).
It is a very interesting book, although dry at points. I would definately recommend that you read it for your self.
If you dont know what personality type you are, check out [the humanmetrics website] and click on the myers-brigg type indicator.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniel E. Whitney on September 13, 2004
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Mulholland does an excellent job of setting the stage for spiritual formation. He helps readers understand that the work of formation belongs to God, that we cooperate with God's grace, and that the context of the work is as important as the work itself. This is especially important for Americans who tend to be so self-centered that we automatically assume that our growth in grace is all about us. Mulholland stresses that this journey is a community journey and that, absent the community, it is artificial on a very practical level. The MBTI/Jungian stuff is helpful to give perspective on the diversity of paths that lead to the renewed image of Christ in us. This aspect of the book is liberating.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. Lambeth on November 25, 2007
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I feel a little gruff in only giving this book three stars, but that is largely due to the fact that if someone were to ask me what the book was about, I would scratch my head and be able to say little more than, "Spiritual Formation" and hope that the other person knew what that was. Mulholland's book was well written enough, but I found that the book did not hold my attention very well, even amidst a quiet environment. I re-read page after pager trying to glean something that would stick with me after I set the book down.

These "sticking points" were few and far between. However, some of its more salient features included the idea that Christians are not converted in one, fell swoop going from zero to 60 in nothing flat, but that they undergo multiple conversions as God increases in their lives (and as they seek to let him do so).

I liked Mulholland's urging contemporary Christians to try and measure themselves as God sees them (both better and worse) and not by what spiritual disciplines THEY are doing. I also appreciated his insights on how to read for "formation" (not just for information) and every Christian's need for a community of believers. Many of us neglect these important aspects.

What hit closest to home for me was just a few, brief sections on doubt and the mystery we encounter with God. Mulholland says that, "If there is no mystery, there is no room for God, because God is the ultimate mystery" (P. 148). I appreciate this honesty in a sea of Christians who would otherwise have us believe that they have it all figured out.
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