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Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics

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2014 Best Book of Spirituality-Academic, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore Ever since Richard Foster wrote Celebration of Discipline in 1978, evangelicals have hungered for a deeper and more historic spirituality. Many have come to discover the...


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2014 Best Book of Spirituality-Academic, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore Ever since Richard Foster wrote Celebration of Discipline in 1978, evangelicals have hungered for a deeper and more historic spirituality. Many have come to discover the wealth of spiritual insight available in the Desert Fathers, the medieval mystics, German Pietism and other traditions. While these classics have been a source of life-changing renewal for many, still others are wary of these texts and the foreign theological traditions from which they come. The essays in this volume provide a guide for evangelicals to read the Christian spiritual classics. The contributions fall into four sections. The first three answer the big questions: why should we read the spiritual classics, what are these classics and how should we read them? The last section brings these questions together into a brief reading guide for each of the major traditions. Each essay not only explores the historical and theological context, but also expounds the appropriate hermeneutical framework and the significance for the church today. Together these essays provide a comprehensive and charitable introduction to the spiritual classics, suitable for both those who already embrace them and those who remain concerned and cautious. Whether you are a newcomer to historic spirituality or a seasoned reader looking to go deeper, you will find this volume to be a reliable resource for years to come.
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Kyle Strobel (Ed)

Kyle Strobel (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is assistant professor of theology at Grand Canyon University, USA and research associate at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein). He is also the author of Jonathan Edwards's Theology: A Reinterpretation.

  • <ul> <li>2014 Best Book Of Spirituality-academic, From Byron Borger, Hearts And Minds Bookstore</li> </ul> Ever Since Richard Foster Wrote <em>celebration Of Discipline</em> In 1978, Evangelicals Have Hungered For A Deeper And More Historic Spirituality. Many Have Come To Discover The Wealth Of Spiritual Insight Available In The Desert Fathers, The Medieval Mystics, German Pietism And Other Traditions. While These Classics Have Been A Source Of Life-changing Renewal For Many, Still Others Are Wary Of These Texts And The Foreign Theological Traditions From Which They Come. The Essays In This Volume Provide A Guide For Evangelicals To Read The Christian Spiritual Classics. The Contributions Fall Into Four Sections. The First Three Answer The Big Questions: <em>why</em> Should We Read The Spiritual Classics, <em>what</em> Are These Classics And <em>how</em> Should We Read Them? The Last Section Brings These Questions Together Into A Brief Reading Guide For Each Of The Major Traditions. Each Essay Not Only Explores The Historical And Theological Context, But Also Expounds The Appropriate Hermeneutical Framework And The Significance For The Church Today. Together These Essays Provide A Comprehensive And Charitable Introduction To The Spiritual Classics, Suitable For Both Those Who Already Embrace Them And Those Who Remain Concerned And Cautious. Whether You Are A Newcomer To Historic Spirituality Or A Seasoned Reader Looking To Go Deeper, You Will Find This Volume To Be A Reliable Resource For Years To Come.
  • <strong>section I: Approaching Spiritual Classics</strong>
  • Steve L. Porter, <em>why Should We Read Spiritual Classics?</em>
  • John H. Coe, <em>temptations In Reading Spiritual Classics</em>
  • Betsy Barber, <em>the Value Of Spiritual Classics In Soulcare</em>
  • <strong>section Ii: The Spiritual Classics Tradition</strong>
  • Evan Howard, <em>the Schools Of Christian Spirituality</em>
  • Greg Peters, <em>spiritual Theology: An Historic Overview</em>
  • James M. Houston, <em>engaging "classic" Literature: Genre, Use, Value</em>
  • <strong>section Iii: Reading Evangelically</strong>
  • Bruce Demarest, <em>reading Catholic Spirituality</em>
  • James R. Payton, Jr., <em>reading Orthodox Spirituality</em>
  • Fred Sanders, <em>reading Spiritual Classics As Evangelical Protestants</em>
  • <strong>section Iv: How To Read The Spiritual Classics</strong>
  • Michael Glerup, <em>the Church Fathers And Mothers</em>
  • Gerald Sittser, <em>the Desert Fathers</em>
  • Greg Peters, <em>the Medieval Traditions</em>
  • Timothy George, <em>the Reformation Traditions</em>
  • Tom Schwanda, <em>the Puritan And Pietistic Traditions</em>

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