Top positive review
February 3, 2013
This is an interesting and helpful resource that could be used by anyone interested in understanding more about spiritual types. It has helpful resources that can be used with congregations/synagogues, too, so it could be an interesting study for church leaders or a whole congregation to use. Dr. Ware presents four quadrants and suggests that each individual and individual worshiping body fits more into one than the others, and then looks at ways to work with the strengths of that type, how to grow more deeply, and common extremes to avoid.
I adapted much of what was in here for part of a retreat that I led for a group of church Elders, and it was a good conversation partner as part of the overall retreat. It would be nice to have even more questions for the inventory, and a greater level of detail in the questions, but the descriptions of each type help to fill out some of what is missing from the inventory. The author's instructions for the inventory invite as many responses in each category as one chooses, and it could be helpful to go back and do a forced response test, as well, to give inventory takers a clearer sense of which quadrant is their dominant quadrant. As more individuals have increasing exposure and connection to different worshipping communities, my sense is that more people will find themselves all over the wheel, which is a good thing. Even so, many churches continue to reside in one quadrant, so this could be a helpful tool for looking at ways to be more responsive or welcoming to various spiritual types.