In this classic work of spiritual theology, historian Richard Lovelace presents a history of spiritual renewals in light of biblical models. Drawing from the best of different Protestant traditions, Dynamics of Spiritual Life lays out a comprehensive approach to the renewal of the church.

In the first half of the book, Lovelace surveys awakening movements since the Reformation, particularly emphasizing Jonathan Edwards's theology of renewal. He then goes deeper into specific elements of such movements and their significance for both doctrinal reformation and spiritual renewal.

Lovelace examines such practical issues as renewal of the local congregation, ways revivals go wrong, prospects for closing the "sanctification gap," the historical role of evangelical movements in promoting both unity and division, and Christian approaches to the arts. With scholarly and pastoral insight, he offers a powerful vision of renewal that can unify various models across traditions, combining individual and corporate spirituality, social activism, and evangelism.

For over forty years, this well-loved book has helped Christians understand the spiritual movement they are a part of and guided leaders in planting and pastoring churches. This expanded edition features a new foreword by Timothy Keller.

"Richard Lovelace's Dynamics of Spiritual Life was a rare kind of book when it was first published in 1979—biblically balanced, theologically sober, historically well informed, and pastorally inspiring. Since the need for such a book is now even greater, its re-publication is a godsend. In our age so fixated on stones that cannot satisfy, Lovelace points us to the Bread of Heaven."

Mark Noll, research professor of history at Regent College, coeditor of Evangelicals: Who They Have Been, Are Now, and Could Be


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Richard F. Lovelace (ThD, Princeton) is emeritus professor of church history at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of The American Pietism of Cotton Mather and Renewal as a Way of Life: A Guidebook for Spiritual Growth.

BY Richard F. Lovelace

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