- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books; Revised, Expanded edition (November 19, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830846050
- ISBN-13: 978-0830846054
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"A practical guide to a wide range of disciplines from the classical practices of prayer, worship, meditation, and scripture study to more contemporary disciplines such as mentoring, journaling, unplugging, and accountability partners. A readable and accessible introduction to the practice of the spiritual disciplines."--Elizabeth R. Pearson, The Christian Librarian, vol. 52, 2009
"Encourages and challenges individuals with its specificity and personal tone. Welcome by anyone wishing to enhance life through discipline--especially spiritual discipline."--Carolyn Egolf, Congregational Libraries Today, January/February 2007
"For readers seeking to go deeper into the Christian life, or find renewal, or healing, or fresh insight, Calhoun's handbook will be a needed guide. Both the new Christian and the battle-worn veteran will find thoughtful, original paths to improve their walk with God."--Jim Miller, pastor, Vineyard Church, Nacogdoches, Texas, in the Lufkin Daily News, May 5, 2007
"[The book] gives a wide range of practices that can prove helpful for anyone."--Anita Cain, Aspiring Retail, March 2006
"A treasure of tried and true spiritual practices written well enough for everyone from the novice to the master to use."--Publishers Weekly, September 26, 2005 (starred review)
"We are living at a time when the Prostestant church is rediscovering the truth that transformation in Christ occurs through the disciplines of formation. Finally, Adele Calhoun has pulled all of these together into one volume, complete with clear definitions and practices of a variety of ways that God uses to grow our lives. No longer do you have to root through scattered pieces of paper, nor a chapter here and there to get the big picture of the tried and true disciplines. This is one resource you will want to have at your fingertips."--Greg Ogden, executive pastor of discipleship, Christ Church of Oak Brook, and author of Discipleship Essentials and Transforming Discipleship
"I have long profited from Adele Ahlberg Calhoun's gifts in the field of spiritual development, and I am delighted that she has compiled her experience with spiritual disciplines into book form. I highly recommend it and I look forward to using it as a resource at our church."--Dr. Timothy Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC
"I love this book! Adele has provided a treasure trove of spiritual disciplines that will nourish your soul, striking a delicate balance between accessibility and depth that comes from her own faithful practice. Read it, engage the disciplines and allow God to transform you in the deepest levels of your being."--Ruth Haley Barton, cofounder, The Transforming Center, and author of Sacred Rhythms and Life Together in Christ
About the Author
Adele Ahlberg Calhoun (MA, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) has worked in Christian ministry for over forty years. She and her husband, Doug, currently work with Highrock Church in Arlington, Massachusetts, and work with retreats, the Enneagram, and leader resourcing nationally and internationally. Adele is the author of
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This book contains an encyclopedic introduction to the history, practices, and modern resources available for a variety of spiritual disciplines, as well as assessment and growth tools viable for any denomination and all types of learners and stages of belief. I wish the author used a slightly more historical and less casual translation of the Bible, but other than that it is well-supported, well-organised, well thought-out, and well worth your time.
Well done format: brief enough to be very focused with each practice - comprehensive enough to give a real sense of how the Holy Spirit can use each practice in one's spiritual growth - imaginative enough to appeal to many varied personality types.
It said not to read like a text book, but I found it difficult not to. I am part of women's group of 6 and I have suggested we us this book as a group study that we are going to do starting this fall.
UPDATE: I have continued to use this book several times a week. After reading through the disciplines that most interested me--contemplation, meditation, rest, silence, solitude--I began to branch out into some I was not as keen to read on--submission, compassion,humility. My fear in exploring these areas was that the book would begin to encourage a hyper-self critical attitude that would exacerbate my own tendency to find fault with myself. This fear has thus far been completely unfounded--in each of these areas Calhoun continues to gently encourage self exploration that leads to a much deeper awareness of motives to bring before God and ask for His direction in changing. Really a transformational book.
Tired of the old evangelical way of "quiet times" to connect with God? Did you know that time with Him could look any other way? Adele Ahlberg Calhoun provides a long list of spiritual disciplines that have been used throughout the church ages by those who seek to be transformed by the presence of the living God. Each discipline comes with helpful explanation and extremely practical suggestions for how to practice each one.