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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Broken Hallelujahs
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Broken Hallelujahs

Learning to Grieve the Big and Small Losses of Life

by Beth Allen Slevcove

The losses in our lives are both big and small. We leave home. We experience physical illness. We struggle with vocation. We may long for a spouse or child. We lose people we love to addiction or death. In this book spiritual director Beth Slevcove offers stories of loss from her own life along with distinctive spiritual practices that can guide us back to God.

Coloring Our Gratitude
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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.

Coming Home to Your True Self
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Coming Home to Your True Self

Leaving the Emptiness of False Attractions

by Albert Haase OFM
Foreword by M. Robert Mulholland Jr.

Albert Haase presents the spiritual journey as a return home. And home is the sacrament of the present moment. It is only living right now, right here, that we discover life and this world awash in the grace of God. We simply need to become aware and grow in greater sensitivity to the divine Presence who dwells within and in whom we dwell.

Contemplative Vision
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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.

Crafting a Rule of Life
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Crafting a Rule of Life

An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way

by Stephen A. Macchia
Foreword by Mark Buchanan

In this practical workbook Stephen A. Macchia looks to St. Benedict as a guide for discovering your rule of life. It takes time and effort; you must listen to God and discern what he wants you to be and do for his glory. But through the disciplines of Scripture, prayer and reflection with a small group you will journey toward Christlikeness.

Deep-Rooted in Christ
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Deep-Rooted in Christ

The Way of Transformation

by Joshua Choonmin Kang
Foreword by Richard J. Foster

With fifty-two brief readings ideal for weekly reflection, this devotional from pastor Joshua Choonmin Kang invites you to walk slowly, paying attention to God's work in you and around you, to walk intentionally, using spiritual disciplines to develop Christlike character, and to walk purposefully, experiencing deeper grace and vision.

Desiring God's Will
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Desiring God's Will

Aligning Our Hearts with the Heart of God

The Spiritual Journey

by David G. Benner
Foreword by Thomas H. Green

How do we become both willing and able to do what God asks of us? In this expanded edition of a spiritual formation classic, psychologist and spiritual director David G. Benner explores the transformation of the will in Christian spirituality, examining why our desires are disordered and how we can align our hearts with God's.

Discovering Lectio Divina
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Discovering Lectio Divina

Bringing Scripture into Ordinary Life

by James C. Wilhoit and Evan B. Howard

James Wilhoit and Evan Howard suggest that the special nature of the Bible invites us to develop special habits of reading. In this step-by-step introduction to lectio divina, you will learn what it means to read your way to intimacy with God.

Discovering Our Spiritual Identity
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Discovering Our Spiritual Identity

Practices for God's Beloved

by Trevor Hudson
Foreword by Dallas Willard

Each chapter in this workbook by Trevor Hudson is peppered with "holy experiments," simple practices that bring you into God's presence and help you experience life as his beloved. At the end of each chapter is a set of questions which are ideal for discussion with one or two spiritual friends or a small group. A Renovaré Resource.

Embracing the Body
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Embracing the Body

Finding God in Our Flesh and Bone

by Tara M. Owens

What is God trying to do through your skin and bones? Spiritual director Tara Owens invites you to listen to your thoughts about your body in a way that draws you closer to God, calling you to explore how your spirituality is intimately tied to your physicality. Your body is not an inconvenience—it is a place where you can meet the Holy in a new way.