Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us


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by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun. InterVarsity Press, 2015.

Where do you look for a quick reference book on Christian spiritual disciplines? Consider the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook. It’s comprehensive in nature, practical in approach and applicable for use with congregations, small groups and individuals. Written by a seasoned pastor and spiritual director, this book is divided into seven parts with headings like “Worship” and “Incarnate the Love of Christ.” Included within each part are short chapters about specific spiritual practices related to that topic and creative exercises and applications to practice the discipline. The revised edition features thirteen additional disciplines and a new preface by Ms. Calhoun. A unique bonus of this book is its appendices. Among them are a spiritual growth planner; how to use this resource with small groups and with a congregation; how to develop a sermon series on spiritual practices; postures of prayer and names for God. A handbook is just what this is and one that belongs in the library of many Christian pastors and laity from most Protestant traditions.

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