From Publishers Weekly
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.