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"Offers deep insight about the sacred journey of transformation"

"David Benner offers deep insight about the sacred journey of transformation of the unfolding self, emphasizing learning from the Christian mystics and the essential nature of contemplative stillness. There are also helpful appendixes on dreamwork, meditation, prayer, and awakening."
--Siang-Yang Tan, professor of psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary; author of Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective

"Once again David Benner has seamlessly woven together his gifts and skills as psychotherapist and spiritual guide. As one of the wise voices of our time, his words deserve to be kept and savored."
--Margaret Guenther, professor emerita of ascetical theology and former director of the Center for Christian Spirituality, General Theological Seminary

"Benner's personal quest for the deepest awareness and truth of human life as it is lived in relation to the transcendent feeds the authenticity and insights of this book. I could not recommend it more highly as a framework for understanding the transformative levels of our journey into the way, the truth, and the life."
--Tilden Edwards, founder and senior fellow, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation

"Benner offers us a highly readable book--grounded in historic Christology and developmental psychology--in which he develops a psycho-theology of growth. This is the best of Benner's books!"
--J. Harold Ellens, author of numerous books, including The Healing Power of Spirituality and Christian Perspectives on Human Development

"David Benner is a trusted companion who helps us navigate the complex possibilities of personal awakening, of becoming more than we are, of movement beyond changed behaviors into changed being. This book guides us into life as truer persons and communities immersed in God."
--John Kiemele, founder and executive director, Selah Center, Woodway, Washington

About the Author

David G. Benner (PhD, York University; postdoctoral studies, Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis) is an internationally known depth psychologist, author, spiritual guide, and personal transformation coach who lives in Toronto, Ontario. He is a faculty mem
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158743296X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587432965
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Johnson on February 5, 2012
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I'm drawn to contemplative spiritual practices because of the fruit I see in the lives of the contemplatives I know. But, when I've asked questions of contemplative friends, their answers haven't been particularly satisfying. They talk about the early church - the desert fathers and mothers - and their personal experience of contemplative prayer. But, they haven't been able to ground their practices in Scripture, at least not to my conservative, evangelical satisfaction.

In this brilliant book, David Benner does exactly that. Drawing on Scripture, theology, philosophy, and psychology, Dr. Benner explains what it means to be "in Christ," as well as the role of contemplative spirituality in a Christian's spiritual formation. With depth and clarity of thought, he describes the processes of spiritual formation and the place of the body, mind, soul, and spirit in our transformation. Most importantly, he gives the reader a rich and beautiful understanding of the many Scripture passages that reference our living and moving and existing in God.

Not everything David Benner says in this book is consistent with my beliefs, but Spirituality and the Awakening Self is nonetheless a gift from God for which I'm very grateful. I highly recommend it.
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I savored every aspect of this book. It was not just a read; it was my morning spiritual meditation. David’s thoughtful and insightful ability to weave our psychology and spirituality—though not separate—is rich, evocative and profoundly beneficial for a serious seeker of a soulful life.
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Wow. Just what I was looking for. I currently define myself as a progressive christian who is longing for a deep connection to God. I want to explore God. I want to get to know Him. I want to experience Him. This book has helped me awaken. I will gently release my fears. I will slowly move forward and trust God to lead. I will try to be still and attentive and let His spirit lead me. Thanks for this wonderful book.
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If you want to have a conceptual framework of human transformation from a Christian viewpoint, this book is one you should read. David Benner is a favorite author of my mine. I have read many of his books and he writes with clarity to make complex topics more understandable for the layman.
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By Art Guina on March 12, 2013
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this is probably David Benner's best work as it seems to be the synthesizing of all his works so far on transformation.
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GREAT READ, VERY UPLIFTING, AND INSIGHTFUL, EASY TO READ AND UNDERSTAND, WOULD RECOMMEND. OPENS UP TO SPIRITUAL JORNEY OF TRANSFORMATION
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