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.
Read more about Formatio's history and how books can form you spiritually in the article "Spiritual Formation and Books" by IVP vice president and associate publisher Cindy Bunch.
Group discussion around Enneagram themes can help us journey toward spiritual and emotional growth together. This six-session companion study guide to Journey Toward Wholeness includes discussion questions, application ideas, and illustrations from people in each number space about how they are learning to bring up their repressed center (doing, thinking, or feeling).
Number of Studies: 6
The Leadership Ellipse by Bob Fryling is designed to help Christian leaders embrace both halves of the tension of being in leadership--our internal relationship with God and our external relationship with others--to find a truly authentic, integrated way to lead.
There is a road to life in the unshakeable kingdom of God, but it's not an easy journey. In this book James Bryan Smith shows us the better road, the road less travelled, but the road full of riches. Along the way he introduces us to new spiritual practices that will provide the sustenance we need for the deepest, most joy-filled journey of our lives—the journey into the heart of God.
What is the story you have been told about the gospel? James Bryan Smith, author of the bestselling book The Good and Beautiful God, brings us this spiritual formation resource full of field-tested material and practices for both individuals and groups. Uncover the magnificent story of beauty, goodness, and truth that will satisfy the ultimate longings of your heart.
The Beatitudes invite us to a new way of life—one of abundance, dignity, truth, and mercy. We've learned to live by striving, competition, and comparison, but what if we all have equal dignity and worth? Mark Scandrette shows how the Beatitudes invite us into nine new postures for life. Whatever your story, whatever your struggle, the ninefold path found in the Beatitudes is available to you.
How do we understand the motivations and dynamics of the different personality types we see in our intimate partners, our friends, or in our professional lives? This book from Suzanne Stabile on the nine Enneagram types and how they experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insights about themselves, their types, and others’ personalities so that they can have loving, mature, and compassionate relationships.
In this high-quality journal from bestselling Enneagram author Suzanne Stabile, you'll find brief quotes from The Path Between Us and The Path Between Us Study Guide as well as fresh insights from Suzanne's teaching and space for you to apply the spiritual wisdom of the Enneagram and to record your deepening self-understanding.
This six-session study guide is a content-rich companion to Suzanne Stabile's The Path Between Us, exploring the nine Enneagram types and how they experience relationships. Individuals and groups will gain deeper insights about themselves, their types, and others’ personalities so that they can have loving, mature, and compassionate relationships.
Number of Studies: 6
We are made by and for relationship with God and others, even discovering and developing our God-given identity through relational connection. Bringing together the study of psychology and spiritual formation, The Relational Soul highlights how a conscious relationship with the Trinity can transform our self-awareness and our connection with other people.
Ignorance is bliss—except in self-awareness. Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile share their Enneagram wisdom and help you grow in knowledge of yourself, compassion for others, and love for God. Witty and filled with stories, this unique approach gives you a peek inside each of the nine Enneagram types, taking you further into who you really are and leading you into spiritual discovery.
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
Elijah Campbell is on the verge of losing everything when he returns home and faces a terrifying decision—keep hiding in secrets or uncover the only thing that can save his marriage: himself. This page-turning novel from psychologist Kelly Flanagan is filled with poignant insights on identity, relationships, and spiritual transformation.
Building on the rich spiritual tradition that spans the diversity of history and theology from Ignatius Loyola to John Wesley to Jonathan Edwards, Gordon T. Smith helps open your ears and heart to the depths of the inner witness of the Spirit. By learning to attend to the Spirit, Smith urges, you will learn to hear and heed the voice of Jesus in everyday life.
Pilgrimage is a spiritual discipline not many consider. In these pages Arthur Paul Boers describes his month-long journey on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a classic pilgrimage route that ends at the cathedral where St. James is buried, opening to us his incredible story of renewed spirituality springing from an old, old path walked by millions before.
With poignant vulnerability, The Way of Grace describes Reverend Glandion Carney's journey from the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease into a new land of God's amazing grace. We too can experience lives full of grace and truth, courageously searching out God's wonders every day.
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.
What does it mean to be a holy person? The answer might surprise you. This delightful yet challenging book from spiritual director Albert Haase provides practical wisdom for becoming holy--right in the midst of "ordinary" life. With brief, engaging chapters that include a few reflection questions, this book is designed to fit into our full lives.
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.