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The Deeper Journey

The Spirituality of Discovering Your True Self

Transforming Resources

Expanded Edition

by M. Robert Mulholland Jr.
Foreword by Ruth Haley Barton

The Deeper Journey
  • Length: 188 pages
  • Published: March 21, 2016
  • Imprint: IVP Formatio
  • Item Code: 9374
  • ISBN: 9780830893744

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As you journey deeper in the Christian pilgrimage, you come to realize that the Christian life is more than merely replicating particular spiritual disciplines or practices. You begin to understand that at the core of Christian faith is the transformation of your very identity.

M. Robert Mulholland Jr. exposes the false selves that you may be tempted to hide behind and helps you to instead discover the true self that comes from being hidden with Christ in God. If the goal of the Christian journey is Christlikeness, then you must reckon with the unhealthy ways that you root your sense of being in things other than God. Along the way, you will discover a growing sense of intimacy and abandonment to God. Not only will you encounter the joy of discovering your own self, you will also find a greater love for others and compassion for the world.

The expanded edition includes a study guide for individual reflection or group discussion.


1. The Goal
2. Into the Jungle: The False Self
3. The Idol in the Box: The Religious False Self
4. Hidden with Christ in God: The False Self and the Christ Self
5. Abandoning the False Self
6. Putting On the New Nature
7. Principles of the Deeper Life
Appendix: Fore Reflection and Discussion
A Seven-Session Discussion Guide to The Deeper Journey
A Single-Session Discussion Guide to The Deeper Journey


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M. Robert Mulholland Jr.

M. Robert Mulholland Jr. (1936-2015) was emeritus professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and the author of several books, including Shaped by the Word, The Deeper Journey, Revelation, and the landmark spiritual formation book Invitation to a Journey. He also served as pastor of Shirley Community Church in Shirley Mills, Maine. During his extensive academic career, Mulholland served as adjunct professor at the Academy for Spiritual Formation and taught at several seminaries and universities around the world, including Wesley Theological Seminary, Harvard University, McMurry University, Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary (Moscow, Russia), West Africa Theological Seminary (Lagos, Nigeria), and Baltic Mission Center Theological Seminary (Tallinn, Estonia). An elder in the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church, Mulholland was a frequent speaker at Bible and spiritual renewal conferences. He and his wife, Lynn, have two children.

See IVP's Remembering M. Robert Mulholland memorial page.