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NIV Spiritual Formation Bible Paperback – May 1, 1999
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An Invitation to Intimacy with God A spiritual renaissance is taking place as believers rediscover the devotional disciplines that Christians have practiced for hundreds of years. In response to this growing interest, The Spiritual Formation Bible is designed for both head and heart. Developed in conjunction with The Upper Room--the publisher for the last 40 years of a popular devotional weekly--this Bible encourages deep reflection on Scripture, offering transforming practices that help men and women worship God more fully in body, mind, and spirit. Instead of a cut-and-dried study approach, The Spiritual Formation Bible enables readers to encounter Scripture in a more enlightening and personal way. Relating the Bible text to the transforming practice of meeting God in the Created Order, in Everyday Life, in Worship, Scripture, Service, and Community, this unique Bible offers hundreds of Entry Point meditations to help readers reflect on the meaning of the text. Five different styles of Entry Point articles include: Lectio divina: readers make the Word of God a part of their lives by reading and meditating on the text, praying the Scripture back to God, and resting so God can speak. Ignatian: encourages the reader to allow his or her imagination to see, hear, taste, smell, and feel the story or text in a way that allows God to speak afresh. Franciscan: emphasizes the sacred in the ordinary and helps the reader encounter God through creative actions, such as writing or art as meditation. Fivefold Question: prompts the reader to ask five questions that will make the meaning of the text more personal. Quotations from respected Christians, old and new, offer perspective and encourage contemplation of the Scriptures. The Spiritual Formation Bible features Easy-to-use side-margin format 20 attractive tip-ins with Scripture calligraphy Text choices of either the NIV, today's most popular modern translation, or the NRSV Book introductions and special articles on spiritual formation The Spiritual Formation Bible also includes quotes, a subject index, a list of Scriptures suitable for lectio divina, an index of entry point passages and quotes, and other outstanding features. Together, they present a Bible of exceptional value to Christians interested in spiritual formation. For Christians from all denominations and every walk of life, the Spiritual Formation Bible will be an esteemed guide on the journey of spiritual discovery and growth.
From the Back Cover
If you hunger for greater depth in your relationship with God, the NIV Spiritual Formation Bible offers you the feast you're searching for. Designed to satisfy spirit, mind and emotions, this unique Bible helps you turn your Scripture reading into a transforming encounter with God. One each page of Scripture you'll find an "Entry Point" reflection based on spiritual disciplines that have been practices by Christians throughout the centuries. Five different kinds of "Entry Points," highlighted by beautiful woodcut-style icons, include: 1. Lectio Divina invites you into a time of two-way conversation with God 2. Ignatian reading engages all your senses as you explore the passage 3. Fransiscan reading helps you encounter God through practical and creative acts such as writing and art 4. Fivefold question prompts you to consider what the Biblical passage means to you 5. Quotations from respected Christians, historic and contemporary, illuminate the power of Scripture. Besides the over 1,500 "Entry Points," the NIV Spiritual Formation Bible also features: -Seven articles on the spiritual disciplines to guide you in meeting God in Scripture, Prayer, Worship, Service, the Created Order, Everyday Life, and Community - 66 book introductions - Articles on "Getting Started in Spiritual Formation" - 20 pages of classic quotations in beautiful calligraphy - Easy-to-use single-column, side-margin format - An index to "Entry Points" and "Meeting God" articles to help you focus on topics of special interest - New International version -- today's most popular modern translation - A "How to Use" feature on page v to help you get the most benefit from your Spiritual Formation Bible.
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In my Quaker meeting we call these kind of notes "queries". Questions without answers but that cause us to ponder more fully and explore more deeply our thoughts and feelings. It is sustaining and uplifting to meditate on these queries. They bring the bible alive.
With this bible I look forward to bible reading and what it will bring to my day and my life. I am saddened that it has fallen out of print. I do wish Zondervan would bring it back. I buy used copies whenever I see them to share with friends.
I have both the NIV translation as well as the NRSV. They are both terrific. I am hoping that it will be made available electronically so that I can carry it with me everywhere. I wish I could get this on my Kindle and iPad. It would be great to have it with me always.
I wish I knew how to contact Timothy K Jones to thank him for this fantastic resource.