Invitation to a Journey (Expanded)
:M. Robert Mulholland Jr. defines spiritual formation as "the process of being formed in the image of Christ for the sake of others." Compact and solid, this definition encompasses the dynamics of a vital Christian life and counters our culture's...
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:M. Robert Mulholland Jr. defines spiritual formation as "the process of being formed in the image of Christ for the sake of others." Compact and solid, this definition encompasses the dynamics of a vital Christian life and counters our culture's tendency to make spirituality a trivial matter or reduce it to a private affair between "me and Jesus."In Invitation to a Journey, Mulholland helps Christians new and old understand that we become like Christ gradually, not instantly. Not every personality is suited to an early morning quiet time, so Mulholland frees different personality types to express their piety differently. He reviews the classical spiritual disciplines and demonstrates the importance of undertaking our spiritual journey with (and for the sake of) others.This road map for spiritual formation is profoundly biblical and down to earth. In the finest tradition of spiritual literature, it is a vital help to Christians at any stage of their journey.This edition is revised and expanded by Ruth Haley Barton with a new foreword, spiritual practices and study guide, to provide spiritual direction for individuals and groups seeking spiritual companionship for one another on the journey of transformation.
Ruth Haley Barton is co-founder and president of The Transforming Center (www.thetransformingcenter.org), a ministry dedicated to caring for the souls of pastors and Christian leaders. A teacher, spiritual director, and retreat leader, she has served on the pastoral staff of several churches including Willow Creek Community Church and is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life including Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, Sacred Rhythms, Longing for More, Equal To The Task and Invitation to Solitude and Silence.
Steve Harper, PhD, is vice president and professor of spiritual formation at the Florida campus of Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous magazine articles and has written twelve books, including Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition and Praying through the Lord's Prayer. Dr. Harper and his wife, Jeannie, live in Orlando, Florida. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.
- :foreword By Ruth Haley Bartonprologue
- <strong>part I. The Road Map: The Nature Of Spiritual Formation</strong>
- 1. The Process2. Being Formed3. The Image Of Christ4. For The Sake Of Others
- <strong>part Ii. The Vehicle: Personality And Piety</strong>
- 5. Creation Gifts6. One-sided Spirituality7. Holistic Spirituality
- <strong>part Iii. The Journey: Spiritual Disciplines</strong>
- 8. The Classical Christian Pilgrimage9. Classical Spiritual Disciplines10. The Nature Of The Spiritual Disciplines11. The Inner Dynamics Of The Spiritual Disciplines
- <strong>part Iv. Companions On The Way: Corporate And Social Spirituality</strong>
- 12. Corporate Spirituality13. Social Spirituality
- Study Guideacknowledgmentsnotes