Textbook Survey: Spirituality and Spiritual Formation

From: Volume 5, Issue 1: Spring 2008, College & Young Adult Ministry Pages 253-255


The past decade has provided the professor a wealth of evangelical textbooks in the area of spirituality and spiritual formation. The ten books selected below are ideal for general courses at the college and seminary level. Foster and Mulholland have written two of the most widely used books in spiritual formation. Both are well-written, balanced, and have a decidedly applied focus. Demarest and Issler are good choices for textbooks because of the well-told journey of the authors into the deeper life with God. The remaining books are deserving of a place in more specialized courses.

Foster, Richard J. Celebration of discipline: The path to spiritual growth (20th anniversary ed.). San Francisco: HarperSan Francisco, 1998.

Mulholland, M. Robert. Invitation to a journey: A road map for spiritual formation. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1993.

Demarest, Bruce. Satisfy your soul: Restoring the heart of Christian spirituality. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1999.

Issler, Klaus. Wasting time with God: A Christian spirituality of friendship with God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2001.

Allen, Diogenes. Spiritual theology: The theology of yesterday for spiritual help today. Cambridge, MA: Cowley, 1997.

Boa, Kenneth. Conformed to his image: Biblical and practical approaches to spiritual formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001.

Bakke, Jeannette. Holy invitations: Exploring spiritual direction, 2000. 288pp.

Chan, Simon. Spiritual theology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1998.

Lovelace, Richard F. Dynamics of spiritual life: An evangelical theology of renewal. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1979.

Willard, Dallas. The spirit of the disciplines: Understanding how God changes lives. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1999.

Howard, Evan. The Brazos introduction to Christian spirituality. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, (May) 2008.

James C. Wilhoit. Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered: Growing in Christ through Community. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, (February) 2008.



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