Living into the Life of Jesus

Author: Klaus Issler
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830869640
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Why does merely understanding and trying hard to follow the example of Jesus often yield little progress—and even less joy and peace? Deriving insights from the life of Jesus in the Gospels, Klaus Issler uncovers the dynamics involved in truly becoming more Christlike. He shows how you can forge much deeper connections with Jesus so that his life permeates your own character. The result is a closer alignment between what you want to do as a follower of Jesus, what you actually do and who you are becoming in your relationship with him. Learn to be transformed from the inside out.

The Psychology of Christian Character Formation

Author: Joanna Collicutt
Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 0334051797
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The Psychology of Christian Character Formation offers clergy and those preparing for ministry some of the potential riches provided by rapidly developing branches of contemporary scientific psychology of which they might otherwise be unaware. Joanna Collicutt, an experienced psychologist and theological educator, focuses on the psychology of character, virtue and spirituality. Furthermore, the psychology is not used to support training in pastoral ministry to others, but rather to support the reader’s own self-awareness and spiritual growth. Joanna Collicutt understands Christian formation as Christian communities and their members growing up into conformity with the character of Christ through the action of the Holy Spirit. This is explored in the three parts of the book: first, an exploration of the process of Christian formation that includes a detailed analysis of the character of Jesus of Nazareth; secondly some focused psychology aimed at supporting an informed self-awareness in the reader; finally – and the most lengthy section – a series of chapters devoted to using psychological insights to help cultivate the Christ-like characteristics identified in the first section.

Christ Shaped Character

Author: Helen Cepero
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830895922
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Honorable Mention for Classic Christian Spirituality, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore "Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love." —1 Corinthians 13:13 What are the pathways that lead us to God? This is a book about what happens when we find those pathways. You will discover the values and virtues that grow out of our experiences, and practices that encourage us to be with God in specific ways. Spiritual director Helen Cepero writes: "I ve seen that when I reflect on my own life experiences, when I am alert to God s presence, and alive to Christ s love, I grow as a Christ follower, and as a human being living in God s world. This book is an invitation for you not to follow me, but follow Jesus into the stories of your own life. You too, will need to wake up and be willing to walk . . . through your own life." We will follow the journey to God by beginning with three ways of love, then three ways of continuing in faith and lastly, three ways of living in hope. These nine pathways will lead you more deeply into life with Christ.

Growing in the Character of Christ

Author: Edmund Sackey-Brown
Publisher: St. Paul Press
ISBN: 0982619669
Format: PDF
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In this book, Rev. Edmund Sackey-Brown lays a great emphasis on the need for the believer to grow into Christ-like character through a systematic growth concept. The world is desperately in need of salvation, therefore our lifestyle should be such that it will bring people to Christ. The call to discipleship means living fully for God. It is living a life of righteousness and faith, and being an example of Christ, both in word and deed in this crooked and perverse generation. This book will show you how to attain spiritual maturity and grow into the image and likeness of Christ.

The Good and Beautiful Life

Author: James Bryan Smith
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830878769
Format: PDF
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"I have never met a person whose goal was to ruin his or her life. We all want to be happy, and we want it all of the time." So begins James Bryan Smith in The Good and Beautiful Life. The problem is, he tells us, we have bought into false notions of happiness and success. These self-centered decisions lead us further into the vices that cause ruin: anger, lust, lying, worry and judging. Eventually we find ourselves living a beautifully packaged life of self-destruction. Following the Sermon on the Mount, this follow-up to The Good and Beautiful God guides us to look behind these character flaws and to replace our false beliefs with Jesus' narratives about life in the kingdom of God.

Renovation of the Heart

Author: Dallas Willard
Publisher: Tyndale House
ISBN: 1615214550
Format: PDF, Mobi
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As Christians, we know that we are new creations in Jesus. So we try to act differently, hoping this will make us more like Him. But changing our outward behavior doesn’t change our hearts. Only by God’s grace can we be transformed internally. Renovation of the Heart lays a biblical foundation for understanding what best-selling author Dallas Willard calls the “transformation of the spirit”—a divine process that “brings every element in our being, working from inside out, into harmony with the will of God.” This fresh approach to spiritual growth explains the biblical reasons why Christians need to undergo change in six aspects of life: thought, feeling, will, body, social context, and soul. Willard also outlines a general pattern of transformation in each area, not as a sterile formula but as a practical process that you can follow without the guilt or perfectionism so many Christians wrestle with. Don’t settle for complacency. Accept the challenge Renovation of the Heart offers to become an intentional apprentice of Jesus Christ, changing daily as you walk with Him.

The Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible with the Deuterocanonical Books

Author: Renovare
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780060671068
Format: PDF
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Many people are looking for a fresh way to read the Bible, not as a text to be mastered, but as a story to enter into and a lifestyle to pursue. In this unique Bible, the foremost names in Christian spirituality and biblical scholarship come together to provide a Bible that rediscovers Scripture as living text, rich with insights into how to live our lives more intimately with God. Spearheaded by bestselling authors Richard J. Foster (Celebration of Discipline) and Dallas Willard (The Divine Conspiracy), The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible introduces the concept of the "with-God life," a model for seeing the whole of Scripture as the unfolding story of God's plan for our loving relationship with the Creator. This central theme weaves throughout the essays, introductions, notes, and exercises, powerfully revealing how God is present to his people today and throughout history. Yet our relationship with God should not be passive. Concrete practices—Spiritual Disciplines—have been used throughout church history to guide disciples of Jesus. This Bible integrates the Spiritual Disciplines into the Christian life by showing how they are central to the Bible's teachings and stories. Abraham and Ruth, Moses and Deborah, Jesus and the disciples all provide amazing examples of the life-changing power of prayer, worship, fasting, celebration, and many other Spiritual Disciplines. Scripture thus becomes a primary means for the discovery, instruction, and practice of these disciplines as well as a tool for spiritual formation. Combining the highest possible biblical scholarship with the deepest possible heart devotion, this new Bible project seeks to nourish inner transformation by unlocking and revealing the profound resources within Scripture for changing our hearts and characters and bringing them in line with what God wants for our lives. The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible will redefine what the Bible means for Christian discipleship.

A Guide to Christian Spiritual Formation

Author: Evan B. Howard
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 149341139X
Format: PDF
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Evan Howard, a noted authority on Christian spirituality, provides a holistic, accessible, and informed introduction to Christian spiritual formation written from a broadly evangelical perspective. Howard joins Scripture with themes of community, spirit, formation, and mission in a single integrative guide. The book includes helpful features such as figures, charts, chapter overviews, and formation-focused questions. Its evangelical-ecumenical and global perspectives will appeal to a wide audience. Resources for professors and students are available through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.

Kierkegaard and Religion

Author: Sylvia Walsh
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107180589
Format: PDF
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Focusing on the concepts of personality, character, and virtue, this work examines what it means to exist religiously for Kierkegaard.