Sacred Rhythms

Sacred Rhythms

Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

The IVP Signature Collection

by Ruth Haley Barton

Sacred Rhythms
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5000 × 8.5000 in
  • Published: February 15, 2022
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4875-1
  • Item Code: 4875
  • Case Quantity: 56

Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire a greater intimacy with God? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it?

Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God's transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a "rule of life" that allows for regular space for the practice of spiritual disciplines, Ruth Haley Barton takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life. Each chapter includes exercises to help you begin the practices—individually and in a group context. The final chapter puts it all together in a way that will help you arrange your life for spiritual transformation.

This spiritual formation classic is now available as part of the IVP Signature Collection, which features special editions of iconic and bestselling books in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of IVP.

"If you desire more of God, if you thirst for a more authentic spiritual life, Sacred Rhythms is a reliable path and Ruth Haley Barton is a trusted and cherished guide. I have long admired Ruth and her work, and I am thrilled to see Sacred Rhythms released for a new generation."

Todd Hunter, Anglican bishop and author of Deep Peace: Finding Calm in a World of Conflict and Anxiety

"As a rule, books seldom become a classic during the author's lifetime. Ruth Haley Barton's book Spiritual Rhythms is a deserving exception—full of beauty, depth and human realities that shape the soul. My own copy of Spiritual Rhythms is dog-eared, notes scribbled in margins and pages covered with highlighters. Ruth sees the terrain of conversion as a daily experience of self-awareness and need for God. This experience begs the question, What do I do with what I see about myself? Ruth answers with spiritual rhythms that can transform us into our true Christ-in-me self. Sacred Rhythms invites you to lean in and become people who incarnate the presence of Jesus in families, communities, churches, societies, workplaces, and the world."

Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, copastor of spiritual formation at Highrock Church in Arlington, Massachusetts, and author of Spiritual Disciplines Handbook

"The world desperately needs wholehearted leaders who live and lead from the soul. Sadly, far too many leaders have lost their souls while doing the work of saving souls. If we have learned anything from Ruth Haley Barton over the many years of shared friendship and ministry, it is this: dry and weary souls are in desperate need of sacred rhythms. This book is not only essential reading but an essential practice for any person committed to a thriving and transforming relationship with God. We have not only been blessed by Ruth's writing and teaching on sacred rhythms over the years, but we have also seen her live it. We pray that you will have the courage to put these sacred rhythms into practice in your life—your soul is worth it!"

Jarrett and Jeanne Stevens, founding lead pastors of Soul City Church, Chicago


Table of contents forthcoming

Ruth Haley Barton

Ruth Haley Barton is founding president of the Transforming Center, a spiritual formation ministry to pastors and Christian leaders. A trained spiritual director, teacher, and retreat leader, she is the author of multiple books, including Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Sacred Rhythms, and Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership.