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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.