Christian Spiritual Formation
This comprehensive theory and practice of Christian spiritual formation weaves together biblical and theological foundations with interdisciplinary scholarship, real-world examples, personal vignettes, and practical tools to assist readers in becoming whole persons in relationship with God and others.
"In this book students of Christian spirituality will find a helpful resource jam-packed with scholarly insights and practical help. Diane Chandler introduces students to a wide range of Christian thought and contemporary scholarship. She constructs a holistic approach to Christian spiritual formation on the cornerstones of Christian discipleship, such as the imitation of God and Christ, the love of God, imago Dei and stewardship. Perhaps the book's greatest strength is its stubborn refusal to segregate holiness and spirituality from 'real world' arenas such as finances, food, family and friendship."
"This well-researched study grounds Christian spiritual formation on a trinitarian and biblical foundation that expands to cover the basic formative dimensions of life. Particularly helpful are the often-neglected areas of vocation and physical health as they relate to Christian spirituality. Chandler is to be commended for this valuable resource that is appropriate for both the classroom and the church."
"Using an integrated and multidisciplinary approach, Chandler discusses seven dimensions of personal growth in conformity to the image and likeness of God. She does it with amazing clarity and theological integrity. The result is a book that covers about every conceivable aspect of Christian spiritual formation and could well serve as a handy reference on the subject. A remarkable achievement!"
"Diane Chandler has provided a much-needed service in the field of Christian formation by integrating the spiritual dimension of formation with the larger elements of human existence. While writings in each of the seven areas of human formation are plentifully available, I know of no resource that attempts the integration Chandler has provided."
"The book is effective in presenting Christian spiritual formation as an integrated approach. It is practical and can be a valuable resource in practical theology. The material is understandable and presents meticulous research as evidenced by her use of varied sources."
"Although this book is best suited for graduate level, spiritual formation courses, it would be well suited for anyone interested in a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach to Christian formation."
"Diane Chandler . . . has written a comprehensive treatise exploring the process of God's sanctifying work in human persons. The very title of the book—Christian Spiritual Formation—is evidence of the current emphasis on viewing sanctification as an internal process rather than external behaviors, knowledge or skill. Those who are practitioners in Christian formation with emerging adults will connect with the author's holistic approach. The ongoing battle for those working with millennials is finding an objective center for ethical living; Chandler provides that center by connecting all spiritual growth to the Imago Dei."
List of Figures
2 The Birthplace of Christian Spiritual Formation: The Imago Dei
3 The Love of God: The Starting Place
4 Spirit: Our Faith
5 Emotions: Our Feelings
6 Relationships: Our Social Connectedness
7 Intellect: Our Minds
8 Vocation: Our Life Purpose and Calling
9 Physical Health: Our Bodies
10 Stewardship: Our Resources
11 Formation Synthesis: Our Ethical Living
12 Christian Spiritual Formation Summary
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