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 facilitate deep and formative spiritual growth through spiritual disciplines and tools like the Enneagram.

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Journey with Jesus
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Journey with Jesus

Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

by Larry Warner

In Journey with Jesus, spiritual director Larry Warner guides us through the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, similar to the way he's been leading people through them in person. Ignatius wanted to help everyone, no matter what age or stage of life, experience Jesus. Through prayers and Scripture readings that largely focus on the life of Christ, the Spiritual Exercises that have been so powerful and growth-inducing for so many, including Warner, can be a tool for transformation in you as well.

Learning from Henri Nouwen and Vincent van Gogh
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Learning from Henri Nouwen and Vincent van Gogh

A Portrait of the Compassionate Life

by Carol A. Berry
Foreword by Sue Mosteller CSJ

Including unpublished material recorded from Henri Nouwen's lectures, this book comes at the request of the Henri Nouwen's literary estate from someone who knew him as a teacher and friend. Carol Berry brings her own experience in both ministry and art education to bear as she unpacks the much misunderstood spiritual context of Vincent van Gogh's work, and reinterprets van Gogh's art in light of Nouwen's lectures.

Learning to Be
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Learning to Be

Finding Your Center After the Bottom Falls Out

by Juanita Campbell Rasmus
Foreword by Tina Knowles Lawson

When everything in her life came to a stop, Pastor Juanita Rasmus found that she had to learn to be—with herself and with God—all over again. Offering both practical and spiritual insights, she shares a wise, frank, and witty account of her own story of exhaustion and depression, acting as a trustworthy companion through dark days.

Life Together in Christ
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Life Together in Christ

Experiencing Transformation in Community

Transforming Resources

by Ruth Haley Barton

We've all been let down by so-called community. Why is it so hard for us to connect and grow together for the long haul? Veteran spiritual director Ruth Haley Barton helps us get personal and practical about experiencing transformation together. This interactive guide allows us to grow through and by the experience of transforming community.

Life Together in Christ
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Life Together in Christ

Experiencing Transformation in Community

Transforming Resources

by Ruth Haley Barton

We've all been let down by so-called community. Why is it so hard for us to connect and grow together for the long haul? Veteran spiritual director Ruth Haley Barton helps us get personal and practical about experiencing transformation together. This interactive guide allows us to grow through and by the experience of transforming community.

Liturgy of the Ordinary
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Liturgy of the Ordinary

Sacred Practices in Everyday Life

by Tish Harrison Warren
Foreword by Andy Crouch

Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices, and habits that form us. Each chapter looks at something author Tish Harrison Warren does in a day—making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys—and relates it to spiritual practice as well as to our Sunday worship.

Living in Christ's Presence
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Living in Christ's Presence

Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God

by Dallas Willard

Dallas Willard explores what it means to live well now in light of God's kingdom. Now in paperback, this book is adapted from the talks given at the February 2013 Dallas Willard Center "Knowing Christ Today" conference. Each chapter is followed with an illuminating dialogue between Dallas Willard and John Ortberg.

Living the Christian Year
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Living the Christian Year

Time to Inhabit the Story of God

by Bobby Gross

Bobby Gross presents chapters on each season of the liturgical year, accompanied by weekly devotions based on the Sunday readings of the lectionary cycle. His book offers a flexible weekly format, designed to let you break the devotions down any way you want to.

Living the Lord's Prayer
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Living the Lord's Prayer

The Way of the Disciple

by Albert Haase OFM
Foreword by Gerald L. Sittser

In this book Father Albert Haase follows the lines of the Lord's Prayer, showing how the ideas have been understood by great people of faith, including Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, Thérèse of Lisieux and others, and revealing how God can use this ancient prayer to transform your very soul and teach you to walk in the way of a true disciple of Christ.

Longing for God
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Longing for God

Seven Paths of Christian Devotion

by Richard J. Foster and Gayle D. Beebe

Do you long for the closeness with God that you've tasted in fleeting moments? You can begin to fill that longing by developing your capacity to receive and respond to God's love. In this rich resource Richard Foster and Gayle Beebe introduce you to people from the past who have known God deeply and model the seven paths to intimacy with God from Christian history.

Longing for More
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Longing for More

A Woman's Path to Transformation in Christ

Transforming Resources

by Ruth Haley Barton
Foreword by Lynne Hybels

Ruth Haley Barton looks at the complexity of women's lives and how women experience spiritual transformation. Underneath all the confusion is a longing for freedom—not the freedom to do as we please, but the freedom to discover our full identity in Christ and use our gifts to serve him.

Luminous
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Luminous

Living the Presence and Power of Jesus

by T. David Beck

When pastor David Beck went to Haiti with a ministry team he found himself deeply experiencing the power of being Christ's own hands and feet. Luminous explores what it means to live out the reality of the incarnation, emphasizing the purpose, presence, power and peace Christ offers us and we in turn extend to the world.

Meeting God in Scripture
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Meeting God in Scripture

A Hands-On Guide to Lectio Divina

by Jan Johnson

Would you like to enter Scripture in a way that draws you deeper into the very presence of the Holy? These forty guided meditations from experienced Bible teacher Jan Johnson open us to the experience of God's Word speaking into our lives, giving individuals and groups the tools we need to encounter Christ with lectio divina.

Mindful Silence
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Mindful Silence

The Heart of Christian Contemplation

by Phileena Heuertz
Foreword by Richard Rohr
Afterword by Kirsten Powers

The hallmarks of contemplative spirituality—solitude, silence, and stillness—have never been more important for our fast-paced society. Filled with insights and wisdom from personal experiences, Phileena Heuertz introduces us to themes and teachers of contemplative spirituality, as well as several prayer practices, and invites us to greater healing and wholeness by learning to practice faith through prayer.

Mirror for the Soul
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Mirror for the Soul

A Christian Guide to the Enneagram

by Alice Fryling

The Enneagram is like a mirror, reflecting dimensions of ourselves that are sometimes hard to see. In this helpful guide, spiritual director and Enneagram teacher Alice Fryling offers an introduction to each number of the Enneagram, with questions and meditations to lead you into deeper self-awareness and reveal how you can experience God's love more abundantly.

Opening to God
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Opening to God

Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer

by David G. Benner

Prayer is not merely something we do; prayer is what God does in us. Using the four movements of lectio divina, spiritual director David Benner invites us to discover openness to God as the essence of prayer, spirituality, and the Christian life. This expanded edition explores prayer as attending, pondering, responding, and being, opening us to a world of possibilities for communion with God.

Pilgrimage of a Soul
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Pilgrimage of a Soul

Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life

by Phileena Heuertz
Foreword by Shauna Niequist

Activists can only go so far for so long before burning out. Including extended spiritual practices in this revised edition, Phileena Heuertz offers her story and helps us see that contemplation is not just a luxury, it is essential—not only to a life of sustained commitment to justice, but to the fully human life in the Holy Spirit.

Practicing the Way of Jesus
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Practicing the Way of Jesus

Life Together in the Kingdom of Love

by Mark Scandrette

We tend to think about God in isolation, but Mark Scandrette contends that Jesus offers something more. Here Scandrette draws from his experience as a spiritual director and leader of an intentional community, plus the best thinking on kingdom spirituality, to help your group experience a vibrant life lived together, in the way of Jesus.

Prayer in the Night
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Prayer in the Night

For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep

by Tish Harrison Warren

How can we trust God in the dark? Framed around a nighttime prayer of Compline, Tish Harrison Warren explores human vulnerability, suffering, and God's seeming absence as she recalls her own experience navigating a time of doubt and loss. This book offers a prayerful and frank approach to the difficulties in our ordinary lives at work, at home, and in a world filled with uncertainty.

Pursuing God's Will Together
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Pursuing God's Will Together

A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups

Transforming Resources

by Ruth Haley Barton

Church boards and other Christian leadership teams have long relied on secular models for leadership practice. Ruth Haley Barton, president of the Transforming Center, helps teams transition to a much more fitting model—the spiritual community that practices discernment together.

Remember Me
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Remember Me

A Novella about Finding Our Way to the Cross

by Sharon Garlough Brown

In this sequel to Shades of Light, Katherine Rhodes finds her own grief tapped by Wren Crawford's struggles with depression and loss. Katherine reflects on the meaning of Christ's suffering and shares her own story of finding hope, while Wren moves forward in her commitment to paint the stations of the cross. Readers are invited into a similar journey of reflection through Katherine's words and Wren's paintings.

Renovation of the Church
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Renovation of the Church

What Happens When a Seeker Church Discovers Spiritual Formation

by Kent Carlson and Mike Lueken
Foreword by Dallas Willard

Copastors Kent Carlson and Mike Lueken tell the decade-long story of how God took their thriving, consumer-oriented church and transformed it into a modest congregation of unformed believers committed to the growth of the spirit—even when it meant a decline in numbers.

Room of Marvels
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Room of Marvels

A Story About Heaven that Heals the Heart

by James Bryan Smith
Foreword by Dallas Willard

Three deaths in three years. His mother. His best friend. And now, his two-year-old daughter. In this moving story a Christian author goes to a retreat center to grieve and face the hard questions about God that he is asking in the wake of these losses. This expanded edition of the beloved book is a masterful, dream-like tale that speaks to the eternal in the midst of our most painful earthly losses.

Run with the Horses
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Run with the Horses

The Quest for Life at Its Best

by Eugene H. Peterson
Preface by Eric E. Peterson

How do we learn to risk, to trust, to pursue wholeness and excellence—to run with the horses and live life at its best? In a series of profound reflections on the life of Jeremiah the prophet, Eugene Peterson explores the heart of what it means to be fully and genuinely human. This special commemorative edition includes a new preface from Peterson's son and a six-session Bible study guide.

Sabbath Keeping
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Sabbath Keeping

Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of Rest

by Lynne M. Baab

Let's face it: our times of rest need work. And God calls us to rest, and even shows us through his own example. With collected insights from sabbath keepers of all ages and backgrounds, Lynne M. Baab offers a practical and hopeful guidebook that encourages all of us to slow down and enjoy our relationship with the God of the universe.


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