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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801071933
  • ASIN: B003YCQH6M
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,681,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nelson, author of 14 books, believes that spiritual journeys are team efforts. He adapts Daniel Goleman's concept of emotional intelligence to Christian life, harnessing it to create teams that assist in developing spiritual lives. Experiencing the spiritual trip with others speeds the journey. Spiritual Intelligence road maps include Bible study and shared experiences of team members and human pathfinders. Nelson is a professional leadership trainer who views nurturing the soul as the mission that can fuel church growth. Spiritual maturity requires an organized effort beyond Sunday worship; it can be attained by creating disciples who then become pathfinders for others. By helping others, the author says, Christians get beyond emotional stumbling blocks and grow in relation to a heavenly parent. His ideas on gathering together, writing a covenant, and maintaining group harmony, activities for which he provides workbook exercises, keep the book moving along. He neatly defines five dominant soul types that the local church encounters and how a church can create teams to work together as spiritual partners. In a world of superficial social networking, Nelson proposes committed relationships. (Jan.)
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From the Back Cover

Take Charge of Your Spiritual Maturity

Many people are active in church their entire lives but never mature as disciples. In Spiritual Intelligence, leadership development specialist and former pastor Alan E. Nelson helps you take charge of your spiritual growth. He shows you how to incorporate methods Jesus used in teaching his disciples. Spiritual intelligence, a person's ability to assimilate faith into everyday life, is the key to lifelong Christian growth. In this practical book, you will assess your own spiritual maturity and learn what steps to take next in your journey of discipleship.

"A clear, comprehensive, and biblical road map for the journey of spiritual formation. This guide will help us avoid ditches of extremes on either side of the road and lengthy excursions that yield no worthwhile destinations."--Steve Stroope, pastor, Lakepointe Church, Rockwall, Texas

"I'm afraid much of what passes for growth and spiritual intelligence in contemporary Christianity resembles what Nelson labels 'faux fruit.' In a world increasingly filled with paid-for experiences, people wishing to truly follow Jesus had better heed the call, embrace these disciplines, and grow in faith, knowing the world offers no better experience."―James H. Gilmore, coauthor, The Experience Economy

Alan E. Nelson (EdD) is a leadership development specialist. He was a pastor for more than twenty years and is the author of fourteen books on personal growth and leadership. He is the founder/CEO of KidLead, an organization dedicated to training effective, ethical leaders.

To learn more, visit www.spiritualintelligence.org.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Warren Rachele VINE VOICE on April 22, 2010
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Spiritual immaturity is one of those problems within the modern Christian church that is known, discussed, and programmed with little fruit to show for all of the myriad efforts. Cultural forces have allowed the intentional pursuit of discipleship to fall from favor in the Church, only to be replaced by a more casual approach, maturity by osmosis. Spiritual muscles have gone soft with a commensurate lack of influence in the world.

Alan Nelson's contribution to the library of spiritual development is his newest book, Spiritual Intelligence. Borrowing loosely from Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, SI is measured by the ability to translate the Christ-likeness that we hear about in sermons, talk about in small groups, and even occasionally encounter when opening our bibles into transformative application in our day to day lives. Just as many social problems are attributable to a low EI, lack of spiritual maturity reflects deficit SI.

Nelson doesn't offer a quick three-step solution to this problem. True spiritual maturity with meaningful depth is not gained by watching a DVD series with your cell group followed by some obligatory conversation and snacks. It requires an intentional workout, one that takes time, effort, and dedication with none of the social status that comes with being seen at 24 Hour Fitness. The path to growth that he advocates mirrors the rigorous investment that Jesus made in His original disciples. The `travel team' is the modern equivalent of Jesus' band of brothers ( now brothers and sisters ), and intentional assembly that are in covenant agreement with one another to travel the challenging terrain of discipleship together.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BrenLou on May 31, 2013
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I found it shallow and uninspiring even though the title had interested me. It has gone into my trash bin.
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