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Minding the Heart: The Way of Spiritual Transformation Paperback – September 19, 2013
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“The great Puritan divine William Ames defined theology as the science of living in the presence of God. That’s what this book is about: a biblical examination of Christian interiority, what it means to know and love Jesus Christ from the inside out, with one’s whole heart. A great introduction to spiritual theology.” (Timothy George, Dean Beeson Divinity School 2013-11-01)
“Any doctor will tell you the key to physical life is the heart. If it is not beating, you are dead. The same is true of the spiritual life. At the center of spiritual growth and transformation is the heart. This wonderful study by Robert Saucy shows you just how important the heart is and that eternal life is a life of quality drawing upon a transformation from deep within.”― (Dr Darrell L Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies Dallas Theological Seminary 2013-11-01)
About the Author
Robert L. Saucy (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. A former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, he has authored a number of works on biblical and theological subjects.
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Saucy's singular focus is in the title to this delightfully refreshing book; Minding the Heart. The author takes you on a journey through scripture to uncover the meaning of "Heart" in all of it's uses. The ideas shown in the book from scripture may feel a little strange to the modern mind set, but with the helpful explanation of the author the spiritual significance comes to light. There are thirteen pages of a triple column scripture index at the back of the book that may well be worth the price of the book. I know I will be referring to it often.
Robert Saucy takes you on a journey of the heart in scripture. You will learn what the heart is, what is it's nature, what is a heart that God desires, and what all this means for you. This journey is not pop psychology but scripture. It is well worth the effort and will have a profound affect on your life. This work is a great gift from the author to the church at large.
The book I believe should be read by the widest possible audience. Church leaders and lay-persons alike will find it well worth the time. I would say that the only drawback is that the author is so well organized that I found I needed to slow down my reading pace. There are about 280 pages of actual text but each one is concentrated and deserves some reflection. The author builds on his ideas so I would recommend reading it straight through the first time.
Many thanks to Kregel Academic & Ministry for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review.
The most surprising part of this book is the lack of expected evangelical cliches. Saucy is a distinguished professor at Biola University, a noted evangelical school, so I expected the usual round of condemnation and basest explanation of what a life in Christ is about. I admit I was wrong, and more, astonished when I read "(t)he message of Scripture is that our life in Christ is more than forgiveness of sins, more than escape from God's condemnation, but a new way to live, a new source of zest that thirsts and hungers for more." (18) Indeed, a life in Christ is more about experience than what many like to acknowledge, but the experience of Christianity is essential to being a Christian. Further, his continued reference to the journey (rather than a momentary event) of the Christian must make every Wesleyan-heart warmed. With such a solid foundation laid, and my mind open to Saucy's goal, the rest of the book really begins to take hold.
The book is divided between fourteen chapters with an introduction and a conclusion as bookends.Read more ›
Robert L. Saucy's latest book is on spiritual transformation!! Yes, you read that correctly. Saucy has entered into the world of practical theology and written a book that addresses a subject of tremendous importance for Christians... Minding the Heart: The Way of Spiritual Transformation.
So what's Minding the Heart about? Saucy starts by stating that "this book is about the personal transformation of life that the Bible teaches is for everyone who believes in the gospel of Jesus Christ" (p.9). He goes on to tell his readers that much of the content of this book has been "simmering" for a long time, though his interest grew after co-teaching a class with several psychology professors. While reading through Minding the Heart, it is apparent that this is the work of a seasoned Christian thinker.
Saucy attempts to show his readers how to experience spiritual transformation. His first chapter is a challenge for Christians to move beyond simply "getting saved" to experiencing "abundant life." He then moves into providing what he believes is a biblical explanation of the concept of "heart" and how the "heart" is a "real problem in life.Read more ›
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Awesome book, great read and fabulous author, just wish I could have met him.Published 13 months ago by arna hargrave
Takes a lot of concentration but an amazing book. Should be required reading for all Christians!Published 21 months ago by Gordon
One of the weaknesses of the current resurgence of the movement toward Christian spiritual formation is the lack of biblical moorings to ground and guide the enterprise. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by scott
Robert Saucy of Talbot School of Theology has written a substantive volume on the biblical subject of the heart. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by CTerry
My primary interest these days is spiritual and therefore whole person transformation. I spend a lot of time reading, meditating, and praying about how best to help others become... Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Pat J. Sikora
Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard our hearts with vigilance because from it flow springs of life. Read more