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Spirituality and the Awakening Self: The Sacred Journey of Transformation Paperback – February 1, 2012
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"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
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Top Customer Reviews
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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Benner is seen as a Christian. He advertises himself as a Christian.
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Christianity has always been more than propositions. It is most certainly a propositional faith, but those essential propositions transform. Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by Jacob Sweeney