Deep-Rooted in Christ
Come. Accept pastor Joshua Choonmin Kang's invitation 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.
In this book you'll encounter fifty-two brief readings, ideal for weekly sabbath reflection or daily devotional use. They point to the path of peace in the midst of life's turmoil, to hope in the midst of brokenness, where you'll become "like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither" (Ps 1:3). It's the path to becoming deep-rooted in Christ.
"Western readers will be blessed by this book. The thought and writing are simple and fresh. Pastor Joshua Choonmin Kang brings his own insight and gentle spirit to Christian life. His work will regenerate and enliven us as he teaches us how to become 'deep people.'"
"Deep-Rooted in Christ . . . is a treasure. It reminds me of the gentle spiritual direction of the classic spiritual writers. On the Protestant side, the writings of Andrew Murray and A. W. Tozer and Oswald Chambers. On the Catholic side, François Fénelon and Thomas à Kempis and the letters of Francis of Assisi to Sister Clare. That is to say, Pastor Kang's book is spiritual wisdom literature of the highest order.
"Deep-Rooted in Christ speaks to the heart. It urges, gently but ever so persistently, that our hearts should always be turning, turning into the light of Christ, turning toward the Lover of our souls, turning into the Way and the Truth and the Life--'till by turning, turning we come round right.' At the same time this book warms the heart, constantly drawing and encouraging, never pushing and condemning."
Kang invites us to walk slowly, paying attention to God's work in and around us, to walk intentionally, using spiritual disciplines to develop Christ-like character, to walk purposefully, experiencing deeper grace and vision.
Divided into eight parts for easy devotional reading and written in short, theme-based chapters, Deep-Rooted is a welcoming companion for growth in faith. With chapters on just about every necessary topic for basic Christian growth, Kang offers a gentle challenge to build faith from the ground up, and to precede spiritual filling with self-emptying. Deep-Rooted holds the warmth of an inspirational read, while maintaining its credible foundation in Scripture. Thanks to its foundational writing and gentle tone, Deep-Rooted is a book that can minister to every spiritual age in Christianity.
. . . a good starter for anyone who needs to think through why their lives lack the peace, harmony and real fruitfulness which they think they should have. Many in our churches could benefit greatly from it.
Kang?s sensible wisdom and quiet emphasis on depth over superficiality on the path toward change make this book a refreshing return to themes of classic Christian spirituality.
Foreword by Richard J. Foster
Part 1: Beginning
1 Begin with Emptiness
2 Let Yourself Be Filled
3 Send the Roots Deep
Part 2: Becoming Rooted in Jesus
4 Can Bad Roots Bring Good Fruit?
5 Becoming Rooted in Jesus
6 Christ Is the Firm Foundation
7 Minding the Inner Life
8 Spiritual Discipline and the Deep Well
Part 3: Growing in Grace
9 Plumbing the Depths
10 Growing Through Grace
11 Put Away Childish Things
12 Growth That Matches Knowledge
13 Grow Through In-Depth Understanding
14 Sharpening Our Spiritual Vision
15 Growing from a Lamb to a Lion
16 Training to Grow in Grace
Part 4: Wilderness--A Preparation
17 God Makes Us Servants in the Wilderness
18 Training by Anticipation
19 Discerning God?s Time Frame
20 Discipline of Solitude
21 Discipline of Hearing God
22 Discipline of Prayer and the Word
23 Discipline of Self-Shattering
24 Discipline of Self-Denial
25 Discipline of Shepherding
26 Discipline of Serving
27 The Wilderness School of the Holy Spirit
Part 5: Soul Caring
28 Take a Step Back for Soul Care
29 Fine-Tune the Soul Through Quiet
30 Soul Enrichment
31 Tend the Inner Garden
32 Harmonize the Inner and Outer Worlds
Part 6: Ways to Fruitfulness
33 What Is God Looking For?
34 Bear Fruit by Christlike Descending
35 Be Fruitful by Putting Self-Interest Aside
36 We Shatter Ourselves to Bear Fruit
37 We Are Fruitful Through Close Friendship with God
Part 7: Righteousness Has a Heart
38 A Vessel for the Power of God
39 Deeper Spirituality and Pain
40 Righteousness Has a Heart
41 Influencing Others Through Righteousness
42 Our Goal in Righteousness
43 Discipline in Righteousness Is Life Long
Part 8: The Way of Transformation
44 See Your True Identity
45 The Guideline of Patience
46 Discovering Self-Control
47 Skill in Language
48 Satisfied in Spirit
49 Have a Heart Like Jesus
50 Embracing One and All
51 Uncomfortable and Abundant
52 The Way of Transformation
Afterword by Emilie Griffin