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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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.

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.

Eternal Living
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Eternal Living

Reflections on Dallas Willard's Teaching on Faith and Formation

Edited by Gary W. Moon
Contributions by John Ortberg, Jane Willard, Richard J. Foster, James Bryan Smith, and J. P. Moreland
Featuring Dallas Willard

Curated by Dallas Willard's long-time colleague and friend Gary Moon, this medley of images, snapshots and "Dallas-isms" moves readers toward deeper experiences of God. Whether influenced by him as a family member, friend, professor, philosopher or reformer, contributors bring refreshing insight into his ideas, what shaped him and also his contagious theology of grace and joy.

God-Soaked Life
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God-Soaked Life

Discovering a Kingdom Spirituality

by Chris Webb

God's kingdom is not far away, a remote and future promise. It is here, now. In this deeply joyful book, Anglican priest and retreat director Chris Webb invites us to live in the reality of God's presence in our everyday lives and experience its freedom. Enter into community, fearless honesty, the daily experience of God, and a new life of love and service in the broken world.

Hearing God
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Hearing God

Developing a Conversational Relationship with God

by Dallas Willard

In this updated and expanded edition of Dallas Willard's beloved book, you'll gain rich spiritual insight into how to hear God's voice clearly and develop an intimate partnership with him. Including new material from Willard's teaching at Renovaré and reformatted for easier reading, this classic is still one of today's best spiritual resources.

Hidden in Christ
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Hidden in Christ

Living as God's Beloved

Apprentice Resources

by James Bryan Smith

James Bryan Smith has found Colossians 3:1-17 to be a rich resource for understanding what it means to have our lives hidden in Christ. Each of the thirty short chapters of this devotional brings out the main truth of just one word or phrase in this rich passage. You'll also find a simple daily practice to take up, reflection questions, and a guide for five weeks of group discussion.

Honest Worship
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Honest Worship

From False Self to True Praise

by Manuel Luz
Foreword by Rory Noland

Drawing from his own experience leading worship in a large congregation and feeling the pull of performance, Manuel Luz guides us on a journey through worship that takes us far beyond style and deep into our own souls. With spiritual practices throughout, he calls us back to an honest worship that moves past facades and pulls us inward toward the true self that God is forming within each of us.

Imaginative Prayer
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Imaginative Prayer

A Yearlong Guide for Your Child's Spiritual Formation

by Jared Patrick Boyd

How do we help our kids connect with God and experience his presence? Jared Patrick Boyd has discovered that children's spiritual formation is rooted in the imagination. This unique resource helps us guide our children through weekly sessions of imaginative prayer, providing a yearlong experience of spiritual formation.

Invitation to Retreat
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Invitation to Retreat

The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God

Transforming Resources

by Ruth Haley Barton

When we choose retreat we make a generous investment in our friendship with Christ. Seasoned spiritual director Ruth Haley Barton gently and eloquently leads us into an exploration of retreat as a key practice that opens us to God, guiding us through seven invitations to retreat. You will discover how to say yes to God's winsome invitation to greater freedom and surrender.

Invitation to Solitude and Silence
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Invitation to Solitude and Silence

Experiencing God's Transforming Presence

Transforming Resources

by Ruth Haley Barton
Foreword by Dallas Willard

Much of our faith and practice is about words—preaching, teaching, talking with others. Yet all of these words are not enough to take us into the real presence of God. This book is an invitation to meet God deeply and fully through solitude and silence. This expanded edition includes a guide for groups to use for both discussion and practice.


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