We are all made with a deep desire to be in God’s presence and to become our true selves in light of God's grace. Books from IVP Formatio follow the rich tradition of the church in the journey of spiritual formation. For spiritual directors, retreat leaders, and contemplative Christians alike, IVP Formatio titles highlight spiritual disciplines and facilitate deep and formative spiritual growth.

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As I Recall
hardcover

As I Recall

Discovering the Place of Memories in Our Spiritual Life

by Casey Tygrett

According to pastor and spiritual director Casey Tygrett, how we hold and carry our memories—good and bad—is a part of what forms us spiritually. In this way we have a common bond with the people of Scripture who also had a sensory life. In these pages Tygrett explores the power of memory and offers biblical texts and practices to guide us in bringing our memories to God for spiritual transformation.

Barefoot
paperback

Barefoot

A Story of Surrendering to God

Sensible Shoes Series

by Sharon Garlough Brown

The spiritual journey takes unexpected turns for the women of Sensible Shoes in this third book of the series. Having been challenged to persevere in hope, can they now embrace the joy of complete surrender? Join these four women in a poignant story that reveals the joy that comes from laying our lives at the feet of God and standing barefoot on holy ground.

Barefoot Study Guide
paperback

Barefoot Study Guide

Sensible Shoes Series

by Sharon Garlough Brown

In this study guide for Barefoot, the third book of the Sensible Shoes series, you'll find twelve weeks of daily Scripture readings, reflection questions, and invitations to prayer, with weekly discussion questions and practices for groups to do together. Each week also features a list of spiritual disciplines used by the characters that you can incorporate into your own life with God.

Number of Studies: 12

Becoming an Ordinary Mystic
paperback

Becoming an Ordinary Mystic

Spirituality for the Rest of Us

by Albert Haase, OFM

Do you ever feel like you are walking in spiritual circles? While we might think it would be different for a Franciscan priest, Father Albert Haase shares the same struggles. Yet he also affirms that we are all called to be ordinary mystics. This book offers a daily path to help us learn to be a mystic—cultivating a life with God in which we draw close, listen, and respond moment to moment.

Becoming Curious
paperback

Becoming Curious

A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions

by Casey Tygrett
Foreword by James Bryan Smith

A little curiosity is essential to growth. In this engaging and interactive book, pastor and spiritual director Casey Tygrett explores the benefits of a healthy curiosity in our spiritual lives. When we make curiosity a spiritual practice, we open up to new ways of knowing God and knowing ourselves as well. Come and discover the power of asking questions.

Becoming Dallas Willard
hardcover

Becoming Dallas Willard

The Formation of a Philosopher, Teacher, and Christ Follower

by Gary W. Moon
Foreword by Richard J. Foster
Afterword by John Ortberg

Dallas Willard was a personal mentor and inspiration to hundreds of pastors, philosophers, and average churchgoers. In Gary W. Moon’s candid and inspiring biography, we read about the development of Willard's personal character, philosophical writing, and spiritual teaching, and how he has inspired some of the most influential books on spirituality of the last generation.

Broken and Whole
paperback

Broken and Whole

A Leader's Path to Spiritual Transformation

by Stephen A. Macchia

Ministry leader Steve Macchia has come to understand his own brokenness. Writing from his own experience, he offers the gifts of love found in 1 Corinthians 13 as the antidote to our brokenness, along with spiritual assessment tools for the leader's personal reflection. By embracing and befriending our own brokenness, we can find wholeness in God's strength.

Coloring Our Gratitude
paperback

Coloring Our Gratitude

The Art of Everyday Thankfulness

by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Illustrated by Lizzie Preston

Gratitude is the path to a more joy-filled life. This collection of beautiful and intricately rendered coloring pages includes new content by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun to guide you deeper into a sense of gratitude. As you color, take the opportunity to notice the gifts around you and then reflect, wonder, pray, and practice thankfulness.

Coloring the Psalms
paperback

Coloring the Psalms

Seeing God's Patterns in Our Lives

by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Illustrated by James Newman Gray

The Psalms provide inspiration and reflection for each of the beautiful designs in this imaginative coloring book. Enjoy the creativity and freedom of adding color to intricate patterns while you explore brief spiritual practices adapted from Adele Ahlberg Calhoun's beloved resource Spiritual Disciplines Handbook.

Contemplative Vision
paperback

Contemplative Vision

A Guide to Christian Art and Prayer

by Juliet Benner

Docent Juliet Benner began showing people how to meditate on Christian art treasures, which led to her much-beloved "O Taste and See" columns from the spiritual formation journal Conversations, now expanded into this book. In each chapter you'll encounter a passage of Scripture and a corresponding piece of art to lead you in a new experience of prayer in God's presence.


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