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.
Want to go deeper into the Enneagram? This content-rich companion to The Road Back to You features helpful tools for growth, new material about triads, five study sessions, and additional personal reflections about each type. Whether you are on your own or in a group, this guide will help you to grow in knowledge of yourself, compassion for others, and love for God.
Number of Studies: 5
For writer, professor, and activist Marlena Graves, formation and justice always intertwine on the path to a balanced life of both action and contemplation. Drawing on the rich traditions of Eastern and Western Christian saints, she describes the process of emptying herself that allows her to move upward toward God and become the true self that God calls her to.
Pastor Jeff Tacklind knows that the spiritual journey can be winding and halting rather than a constant ascent of growth—full of paradox, tension, and surprises. Drawing from the natural world and following guides such as C. S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, and Søren Kierkegaard, Tacklind's honest and meditative account will inspire those on the winding path of following God.
The spiritual journey continues for Hannah, Meg, Mara and Charissa, the characters we met in the bestselling book Sensible Shoes. Sometimes life feels like two steps forward and one step back. Find your own spiritual journey reflected in the lives of these women and discover the way forward.
The women of Sensible Shoes encounter new adventures and roadblocks in their spiritual journeys in Two Steps Forward. In this eight-week study guide you'll find daily Scripture readings, reflection questions, and spiritual practices, as well as discussion questions and suggested practices for reading groups to do together.
Number of Studies: 8
Jason Gaboury has wrestled with loneliness ever since he can remember. But when he was challenged to see loneliness as a context for friendship with God, things began to change. In these pages God invites you to stop and wait with him in your own moments of isolation and anxiety, journeying from loneliness into a deeper life with God.
Providing a historical and modern context for the unique spiritual discipline of walking a labyrinth, Travis Scholl weaves his own journey with a prayerful study of the Gospel of Mark, guiding readers to powerful encounters with God, even in the midst of quiet solitude, repetition and stillness. These 40 reflections are ideal for daily reading—during Lent or any time of the year.
In this practical, personal book Gem and Alan Fadling outline eight key questions that offer deep insight into how we experience soul change and spiritual transformation. These questions help us unpack where we are stuck and also reveal the path to joy and to the heart of God. Spiritual inventories and exercises will guide you, along with stories from Gem and Alan's lives and ministry.
How can I more clearly recognize God's nearness and initiative in my life? As spiritual directors, Beth and David Booram have guided many people into deeper awareness of this living, present God at work within their lives. In this book they will help you learn to recognize God in and around you, reflect on your experience, and respond faithfully to God's presence and action in your life.
Through a decade of challenging hikes up Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, the Fourteeners, with his father, Richard J. Foster, Nathan Foster navigated his twenties - finishing college, choosing a career, a possible cross-country move, the early years of marriage and a major personal crisis. Along the way he would discover the wisdom - and love - his father could offer him. Here is their story together. Includes an afterword by Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline and coauthor of Longing for God.