Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us

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InterVarsity Press, Sep 20, 2009 - Religion - 292 pages
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Fasting. Solitude. Contemplative prayer. Lectio divina. Have you heard about these practices and wanted to try them? Have you wandered from one practice to another not sure quite what to do? Are you overwhelmed by all the to-dos of your spiritual life? We have good desires—for a more intimate prayer life, perhaps, or deeper insight from God's Word—but we don't know how to get there. So we give up our pursuit, tired from wandering aimlessly, and end up feeling guilty and more distant from God instead of closer. In the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook Adele Calhoun gives us directions for our journey toward intimacy with Christ. While the word discipline may make us want to run and hide, the author shows how desires and discipline work together to lead us to the transformation we're longing for—the transformation only Christ can bring. Instead of just giving information about spiritual disciplines, this Handbook is full of practical, accessible guidance that helps you actually do them. Mothers, fathers, plumbers, nurses, students—we're all on a journey. And spiritual disciplines are for all of us who desire to know Christ deeply and be like him. Here is direction for our desire, leading us to the ultimate destination: more of Christ himself.
 

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promotes occultism

User Review  - Sahl - Christianbook.com

Yet another pop christian publication promoting occultism. You can't take occult practices like Hindu yoga breathwork, Trancendental Meditation, and Anciet Greek occult labyrinths, and just paint them ... Read full review

User Review  - Grandma Pat - Christianbook.com

This book was recommended to me by a friend...I would pass this recommendation on to others. What I have read so far of the devotions and practices is good. Obviously inspired by the Holy Spirit for today's disciples. Read full review

Contents

Part Five
163
Bible Study
165
Devotional Reading
168
Meditation
173
Memorization
177
Part Six
179
Care of the Earth
181
Compassion
184

Sabbath
41
Worship
45
Part Two
47
Contemplation
49
Examen
53
Journaling
57
Practicing the Presence
60
Rest
64
Retreat
67
SelfCare
71
Simplicity
75
Slowing
79
Teachability
83
Unplugging
86
Part Three
89
Confession and SelfExamination
92
Detachment
96
Discernment
100
Secrecy
105
Silence
108
Solitude
112
Spiritual Direction
116
Submission
119
Part Four
121
Accountability Partner
123
Chastity
127
Community
130
Covenant Group
133
Discipling
136
Hospitality
139
Mentoring
142
Service
145
Small Group
149
Spiritual Friendship
152
Unity
156
Witness
160
Control of the Tongue
187
Humility
191
Justice
194
Stewardship
197
Truth Telling
201
Part Seven
203
Breath Prayer
205
Centering Prayer
208
Contemplative Prayer
212
Conversational Prayer
216
Fasting
219
FixedHour Prayer
224
InnerHealing Prayer
228
Intercessory Prayer
232
Labyrinth Prayer
236
Liturgical Prayer
240
Prayer Partners
243
Praying Scripture
246
Prayer of Recollection
250
Prayer Walking
254
Appendix 1
256
Appendix 2
264
Appendix 3
265
Appendix 4
267
Appendix 5
269
Appendix 6
272
Appendix 7
276
Appendix 8
278
Appendix 9
281
Appendix 10
283
Glossary
290
Bibliography
291
Index of Spiritual Disciplines
293
Transforming Resources
294
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295
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Adele Ahlberg Calhoun (MA, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) has worked in Christian ministry for over forty years and is currently copastor, with her husband, Doug, of Redeemer Community Church in Needham, Massachusetts. She was formerly pastor of spiritual formation at Christ Church in Oak Brook, Illinois. She is the author of Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Invitations from God and the coauthor of True You and Women & Identity. A retreat speaker and trained spiritual director, she has taught courses at Wheaton College and Northern Seminary. In the early 1970s she helped pioneer student work with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She has also worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in New England and Canada and with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in the West Indies and South Africa.

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