Spiritual Formation Reading Room (Neufeldt-Fast)
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Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Handbooks of Christian Spirituality
- Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality. Arthur G. Holder, ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2005.
- Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Performance. Robert A. Giacalone, Carole L. Jurkiewicz, eds. M.E. Sharpe, 2005.
- Handbook of Spirituality for Ministers: Perspectives for the 21st Century. Robert J. Wicks, ed. Paulist, 2000.
- Bradshaw, Paul F. New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship. Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.
- New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Philip Sheldrake, ed. Westminster John Knox, 2005
- SCM Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Gordon S. Wakefield. SCM, 2003. Mirror copy: The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Westminster John Knox, 1983.
- Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform us. Adele Ahlberg Calhoun. InterVarsity, 2006.
- "Spirituality." In Companion Encyclopedia of Theology. P. Byrne and L. Houlden, ed. Taylor & Francis, 1995. Part IV, Ch. 25-32, pp. 511-686 (also copy).
Keeping a Spiritual Journal
- Budd, Luann. Journal Keeping: Writing for Spiritual Growth. InterVarsity, 2001.
- Cepero, Helen. Journaling as a Spiritual Practice. Encountering God through Attentive Writing. Intervarsity, 2008.
- Hauser, Richard J. Keeping a Spiritual Journal, Moving in the Spirit: Becoming a Contemplative in Action. Paulist Press, 1986 (ch. V).
- Klug, Ron. How to Keep a Spiritual Journal: A Guide to Journal Keeping for Inner Growth and Personal Discovery. 2nd ed. Augsburg, 2002.
- Shaw, Luci. Life Path: Personal and Spiritual Growth Through Journal Writing. Regent College, 2004.
- Stockton, Sarah. A Pen and a Path: Writing as a Spiritual Practice. Morehouse, 2005.
Lectio Divina: The Art of Spiritual (Contemplative) Reading
- About Lectio Divina; Christian authors for lectio divina arranged chronologically (Order of St. Benedict)
- Benner, David G. Opening to God: Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer. InterVarsity, 2010.
- Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Instructions in Daily Meditation, in: Meditating on the Word, 1936.
- Hall, Thelma. Too Deep for Words: Rediscovering Lectio Divina. Paulist, 1988.
- Foster, David. Reading with God: Lectio Divina. Continuum, 2005.
- Pennington, Basil. Lectio Divina: The Gate Way to the Spiritual Journey and Centering Prayer, in: Centering Prayer in Daily Life and Ministry. Gustave Reininger, ed. Continuum, 1998. Ch. 2, pp. 20-25.
- Peterson, Eugene H. Eat this Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading. Eerdmans, 2006.
- Schultz, Karl A. How to Pray with the Bible: The Ancient Prayer Form of Lectio Divina Made Simple. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, 2007.
- Barth, Karl. Prayer. 50th Anniv. Ed. Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.
- Beckmen, Richard J. A Beginner`s Guide to Prayer. Augsburg, 1994.
- Boers, Arthur P. The Rhythm of God`s Grace: Uncovering Morning and Evening Hours of Prayer. Paraclete, 2003.
- Bondi, Roberta C. To Pray and to Love: Conversations on Prayer with the Early Church. Fortress, 1991.
- Grenz ,Stanley J. Prayer: The Cry for the Kingdom. Revised. Eerdmans, 2005 (see also other edition).
- Harkness, Georgia E. Prayer and the Common Life. Abingdon, 1968.
- Johnson, Jan. Prayer & Listening: 6 Studies with Notes for Leaders. InterVarsity, 2003.
- Raab, Christian, et al. The Tradition of Catholic Prayer: The Monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. Liturgical, 2007.
- Reininger, Gustave. Centering Prayer in Daily Life and Ministry. Continuum, 1998.
- Yancey, Philip. Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? Zondervan, 2006.
- (Note: see other volumes on this page for chapters on prayer)
- McKnight, Scot. Fasting: The Ancient Practices. Thomas Nelson, 2009.
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- Bass, Dorothy C., and Miroslav Volf, eds. Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life. Eerdmans, 2002 (see also Craig Dykstra, Growing in the Life of Faith: Education and Christian Practices. 2nd ed. Westminster John Knox, 2005).
- Bloesch, Donald G. Spirituality Old & New: Recovering Authentic Spiritual Life. InterVarsity, 2007.
- Bowe, Barbara Ellen. Biblical Foundations of Spirituality: Touching a Finger to the Flame. Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.
- Cunningham, Lawrence and Keith J. Egan. Christian Spirituality: Themes from the Tradition. Paulist, 1996.
- Downey, Michael. Understanding Christian Spirituality. Paulist Press, 1997.
- Dreyer, Elizabeth D., and Mark S. Burrows, eds. Minding the Spirit: The Study of Christian Spirituality. JHU Press, 2005; also Dreyer, Earth Crammed with Heaven: A Spirituality of Everyday Life. Paulist Press, 1994; Passionate Spirituality: Hildegard of Bingen and Hadewijch of Brabant. Paulist Press, 2005 (also copy).
- Greenman, Jeffrey, and George Kalantzis. Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective. InterVarsity, 2010.
- McGrath, Alister. Christian Spirituality: an Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell, 1999.
- Pagitt, Doug. Reimagining Spiritual Formation: A Week in the Life of an Experimental Church. Zondervan, 2004.
- Perrin, David Brian. Studying Christian Spirituality. Routledge, 2007.
- Schmidt, Richard H. God Seekers: Twenty Centuries of Christian Spiritualities. Eerdmans, 2008.
- Smith, Karen. Christian Spirituality. SCM-Canterbury, 2007 (also copy).
History of Christian Spirituality
- McGinn, Bernard, John Meyendorff, and Jill Riatt, eds. Christian Spirituality: Origins to the Twelfth Century; Christian Spirituality: High Middle Ages and Reformation. Taylor & Francis, 1986/1987.
- Aumann, Jordan. Christian Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition. 2nd ed. Ignatius, 1985.
- Holt, Bradley P. Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality. 2nd ed. Fortress, 2005.
- Jones, Paul W. Trumpet at Full Moon: An Introduction to Christian Spirituality As Diverse Practice. Westminster John Knox, 1992.
- Lane, George. Christian Spirituality: A Historical Sketch. Loyola Press, 2005.
- Mursell, Gordon, ed. The Story of Christian Spirituality: Two Thousand Years, from East to West. Fortress, 2001 (see also copy); English Spirituality: From 1700 to the Present. Westminster John Knox, 2001.
- Sheldrake, Philip. Explorations in Spirituality: History, Theology, and Social Practice. Paulist Press, 2010.
Classic Texts in Christian Spirituality
- (For a brief guide, Peterson, Eugene H. Take and Read: Spiritual Reading : an Annotated List. Eerdmans, 1996).
- Anselm of Canterbury. The Prayers and Meditations of St. Anselm with the Proslogion. Ed. & tr. Benedicta Ward. Penguin Classics, 1973.
- Kannengiesser, Charles. Early Christian Spirituality. Augsburg, 1986.
- Madigan, Shawn. Mystics, Visionaries, and Prophets: A Historical Anthology of Women`s Spiritual Writings. Fortress, 2004.
- McGinn, Bernard, ed. The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism. New York: Modern, 2006.
- See the many volumes of primary sources: Classics of Western Spirituality by Paulist Press.
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"Contemporary Classics" in Christian Spirituality
- Merton, Thomas. The Ascent to Truth. Continuum, 1976.
- Peterson, Eugene H. Subversive Spirituality. Eerdmans, 1997; Eat this Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading. Eerdmans, 2006; Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology. Eerdmans, 2005. The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way. Eerdmans, 2007.
- Thompson, Marjorie. Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life. Westminster John Knox, 1995.
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- McLaren, Brian. Naked Spirituality. 5 Lectures. CMU, Refreshing Winds 2011, Winnipeg, Feb. 3-5, 2010.
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Other Texts in Christian Spirituality
- Alexander, Donald, ed. Christian Spirituality: Five Views of Sanctification.By Way of the Heart: Toward a Holistic Christian Spirituality. Paulist, 1990.
- Bacik, James J. Spirituality in Transition. Rowman & Littlefield, 1996.
- Barton, Ruth Haley. Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God`s Transforming Presence. InterVarsity, 2004; also Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation. InterVarsity, 2006.
- Boa, Kenneth. Conformed to His Image: Biblical and Practical Approaches to Spiritual Formation. Zondervan, 2001.
- Harris, John Glyndwr. Christian Theology: The Spiritual Tradition. Sussex Academic, 2001.
- Carlson, Gregory et al. Perspectives on Children`s Spiritual Formation: Four Views. B&H, 2007.
- Cox, Harvey. Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the 21st Century. Da Capo, 2001 (and copy).
- Dorr, Dona. Faith at Work: A Spirituality of Leadership. Liturgical, 2007.
- Erricker, Jane, Cathy Ota, and Clive Erricker, eds. Spiritual Education: Cultural, Religious, and Social Differences: New Perspectives for the 21st Century. Sussex Academic, 2001.
- Fides, Paul. Under the Rule of Christ: Dimensions of Baptist Spirituality. Smyth & Helwys, 2007.
- Gorman, Michael J. Cruciformity: Paul`s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross. Eerdmans, 2001.
- Hammett, Edward H. Reframing Spiritual Formation: Discipleship in an Unchurched Culture. Smyth & Helwys Publishing, 2002.
- Issler, Klaus. Wasting Time with God: A Christian Spirituality of Friendship with God. InterVarsity, 2001.
- Hanson, Bradley. A Graceful Life: Lutheran Spirituality for Today. Augsburg, 1999.
- Hope, Sue. Mission-shaped Spirituality: The Transforming Power of Mission. Church House Publishing, 2006.
- Houston, James M. Joyful Exiles: Life in Christ on the Dangerous Edge of Things. InterVarsity, 2006.
- Hrynuik, Michael. Theology, Disability, and Spiritual Transformation: Learning from the Communities of L'Arche. Cambria Press, 2010.
- Johnston, Robert K. Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue. Baker, 2000.
- Jones, Tony. The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life. Zondervan, 2005; (with S. Case and M. Oestreicher), Soul Shaper: Exploring Spirituality and Contemplative Practices in Youth Ministry. Zondervan, 2003.
- Kelly, Geffrey B., and F. Burton Nelson The Cost of Moral Leadership: The Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Eerdmans, 2003.
- Kelsey, Morton T. Dreams: A Way to Listen to God. Paulist Press, 1978; The Other Side of Silence: Meditation for the Twenty-First Century. 2nd rev`d ed. Paulist Press, 1997.
- Kimbrough, S.T. Orthodox and Wesleyan Spirituality. St Vladimir`s Seminary, 2002.
- Leonard, Bill J. Becoming Christian: Dimensions of Spiritual Formation. Westminster John Knox, 1990.
- Marmion, Declan. A Spirituality of Everyday Faith: A Theological Investigation of the Notion of Spirituality in Karl Rahner. Eerdmans, 1998 (also copy 1; copy 2; and copy 3).
- McIntosh, Mark A. Mystical Theology: The Integrity of Spirituality and Theology. Wiley-Blackwell, 1998.
- McLaren, Brian D. A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey. John Wiley and Sons, 2008 (and 2001 edition).
- Millar, Peter. An Iona Prayer Book. SCM-Canterbury, 1998.
- Moine de l`Eglise d`Orient. Orthodox Spirituality: An Outline of the Orthodox Ascetical and Mystical Tradition. St Vladimir`s Seminary, 1996.
- Mulholland, M. Robert. Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation. InterVarsity, 1993; The Deeper Journey: The Spirituality of Discovering Your True Self. InterVarsity, 2006.
- Muldoon, Tim. The Ignatian Workout: Daily Spiritual Exercises for a Healthy Faith. Loyola, 2004.
- Nouwen, Henri (with Philip Roderick). Beloved: Henri Nouwen in Conversation. Eerdmans, 2007.
- O`Brien, Mary Elizabeth. Spirituality in Nursing: Standing on Holy Ground. Second ed. Jones & Bartlett, 2002; also Prayer in Nursing: The Spirituality of Compassionate Caregiving. Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2002.
- Palmer, Parker. The Promise of Paradox: The Celebration of Contradictions in the Christian Life. Third ed. John Wiley, 2008.
- Parry, Jim, et al., eds. Sport and Spirituality: An Introduction. Routledge, 2007.
- Pettit, Paul, ed. Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ. Kregel, 2008.
- Rice, Howard L. Reformed Spirituality: An Introduction for Believers. Westminster John Knox, 1991.
- Savary, Louis M., et al. Dreams and Spiritual Growth: A Christian Approach to Dreamwork : with More Than 35 Dreamwork Techniques. Paulist Press, 1984.
- Springsted, Eric O. Spirituality and Theology: Essays in Honor of Diogenes Allen. Westminster John Knox, 1998.
- Stevens, R. Paul. Down-To-Earth Spirituality: Encountering God in the Ordinary, Boring Stuff of Life. InterVarsity, 2003.
- Valantasis, Richard. Centuries of Holiness: Ancient Spirituality Refracted for a Postmodern Age. Continuum, 2005.
- Van Engen, John H. Educating People of Faith: Exploring the History of Jewish and Christian Communities. Eerdmans, 2004.
- Waaijman, Kees. Spirituality: Forms, Foundations, Methods. Tr. John Vriend. Peeters, 2002.
- Wehlander, Keri K., ed. Creating Change: The Arts as Catalyst for Spiritual Transformation. Wood Lake, 2008.
- Work, Telford. Ain`t Too Proud to Beg: Exercises in Prayerful Theology. Eerdmans, 2007.
- Zimmerling, Peter. Evangelische Spiritualität: Wurzeln und Zugänge. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2003.
Spirituality and Social Justice
- Battle, Michael. Blessed are the Peacemakers: A Christian Spirituality of Nonviolence. Mercer University Press, 2004.
- Campbell, Cathy C. Stations of the Banquet: Faith Foundations for Food Justice. Liturgical, 2003.
- Campolo, Tony and Mary Albert Darling. The God of Intimacy and Action: Reconnecting Ancient Spiritual Practices, Evangelism, and Justice. Wiley, 2007.
- Hart, Lawrence D. Hell`s Abyss, Heaven`s Grace: War and Christian Spirituality. Cowley, 2006.
- Moe-Lobeda, Cynthia D. Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God. Fortress, 2002.
- Pohl, Christine D. Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition. Eerdmans, 1999.
- Prinz, Julia D.E. Endangering Hunger for God: Johann Baptist Metz and Dorothee Sölle at the Interface of Biblical Hermeneutic and Christian Spirituality. LIT, 2008.
- Villafañe, Eldin, ed. "An Evangelical Call to a Social Spirituality: Confronting Evil in Urban Society." In: Seek the Peace of the City: Reflections on Urban Ministry. Eerdmans, 1995. Ch. 2, pp. 12-28.
- Weaver-Zercher, David and William H. Willimon, eds. Vital Christianity: Reconnecting Spirituality and Social Justice. Continuum, 2005.
Spiritual Direction, Friendship and Mentoring
- Anderson, Keith and Randy D. Reese. Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction. InterVarsity, 1999.
- Barry, William A. Spiritual Direction and the Encounter with God: A Theological Inquiry. 2nd rev`d ed. Paulist Press, 2004 (also copy).
- Benedict, Benedictus Nursinus. The Benedictine Handbook. SCM-Canterbury, 2003; see also Wil Derkse, The Rule of Benedict for Beginners: Spirituality for Daily Life. M. Kessler, trans. Liturgical, 2003.
- Benner, David G.B. Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction. InterVarsity, 2004.
- Bidwell, Duane R. Short-Term Spiritual Guidance: A Contemporary Approach to a Classic Discipline, Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling. Fortress, 2004.
- Boers, Arthur P. The Way Is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago. InterVarsity, 2007.
- Caliguire, Mindy. Spiritual Friendship. InterVarsity, 2007.
- Dougherty, Rose Mary. Group Spiritual Direction: Community for Discernment. Paulist, 1995; (ed.), The Lived Experience of Group Spiritual Direction. Paulist, 2003.
- Dyckman, Katherine Marie, and L. Patrick Carroll. Inviting the Mystic, Supporting the Prophet: An Introduction to Spiritual Direction. Paulist, 1981.
- Edwards, Tilden. Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion: Guide to Tending the Soul. Paulist, 2001; also Spiritual Friend: Reclaiming the Gift of Spiritual Direction. Paulist, 1980.
- Fischer, Kathleen R. Women at the Well: Feminist Perspectives on Spiritual Direction. Paulist, 1988.
- Fraser, Dahlia. Spiritual Direction - A Brief Introduction. Tyndale, 2008.
- Houston, James. The Disciple: Following the True Mentor. David C. Cook, 2007.
- Jinkens, Michael, et al. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Politics of Spirituality, Hungry Hearts, vol. 14, 2 (Summer 2005). Pp. 16.
- Land, Steven Jack. Pentecostal Spirituality: A Passion for the Kingdom. Continuum, 1993.
- Leech, Kenneth. Soul Friend: Spiritual Direction in the Modern World. Morehouse, 2001.
- Louw, Daniël J. A Mature Faith: Spiritual Direction and Anthropology in a Theology of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Peeters, 1999.
- Merton, Thomas. Spiritual Direction and Meditation. Liturgical, 1960.
- Michael, Chester P. An Introduction to Spiritual Direction: A Psychological Approach for Directors and Directees. Paulist, 2003.
- Moon, Gary W., and David G. Benner. Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls: A Guide to Christian Approaches and Practices. InterVarsity, 2004.
- Nemeck, Francis Kelly and M.T. Coombs. The Way of Spiritual Direction. Liturgical, 1993.
- O'Reilly, Maureen. Narrative theology and its application to the Christology of the Spiritual exercises. Ph.D. Thesis, University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, 1999.
Peterson, Eugene H.
The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction. Eerdmans, 1993.
Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness. Eerdmans, 1994; Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity. Eerdmans, 1987.
- Ranft, Patricia. A Woman`s Way: The Forgotten History of Women Spiritual Directors. Rev`d ed. Palgrave Macmillan, 2000 (also copy).
- Reiser, William E. Seeking God in All Things: Theology and Spiritual Direction. Liturgical, 2004.
- Ruffing, Janet. Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings. Paulist, 2000.
- Sellner, Edward C. Stories of the Celtic Soul Friends: Their Meaning for Today. Paulist, 2003 (also copy).
- Stairs, Jean. Listening for the Soul: Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction. Fortress, 2000.
- Vest, Norvene, ed. Still Listening: New Horizons in Spiritual Direction. Morehouse, 2000.
- Webb, Heather, and Eugene H. Peterson. Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Direction: Practical Ways to Blend an Ancient Art Into Your Contemporary Community. Zondervan, 2005.
- Williams, Brian A. The Potter`s Rib: Mentoring for Pastoral Formation. Regent College, 2005.
Christian Spirituality: Webpages
- Toward a Definition of Spiritual Formation (J. Greenman and D. Goertz)
- Sites devoted to Christian Spirituality
- Spirituality -Theology Library, Spring Hill College (Jesuits)
- Internet Theology Resources: Spirituality
- Sites Devoted to Christian Spirituality
- Christian Spirituality(online resources)
- On-line Resources to Medieval Spirituality
- Spiritual Formation Resources, Theooze.com
- Hungry Hearts (Journal of the Office of Spiritual Formation, Presbyterian Church USA). Archived articles.
- Spiritual Formation and Direction
- Spirituality and Faith Resources
- Missional Spirituality
- Early Church Fathers
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library
- Renovaré - Richard Foster et al
- The Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collection (University of St. Micheal`s College, Toronto)
- Spiritual Formation Links (Wheaton College)
- Taizé Community
- Northumbria Community (New Monasticism)
- Dallas Willard - Articles
- Who`s Who in Western Mysticism
- Conversations: Forum for Authentic Transformation
- Other Spiritual Formation links (Presbyterian Church USA).
- Liturgy of the Hours/Divine Office/Breviary
- Foster, Richard. "Spiritual Formation Agenda. Three Priorities for the Next Thirty Years." Christianity Today [online], Feb. 4, 2009.
- Foster, Richard and Dallas Wilard. "The Making of The Christian." Christianity Today. Interview on the Difference between Spiritual Formation and Discipleship.
- Muldoon, Tim. "Postmodern Spirituality and the Ignatian Fundamentum." In: A Jesuit Education Reader. Ed. George W. Traub. Loyola Press, 2008. Pp. 285-298.
- "Mother Teresa`s Crisis of Faith", Time, August 23, 2007 (Print version - Canadian edition, Sept 3, 2007).
- Smucker, Markus G. "Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Formation." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online, 1989.
- Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, Issue: "Spirituality", Vol. 1, No. 1 (Fall 2000).
Other: Sociological Studies on Spirituality
- Flanagan, Kieran, and Peter C. Jupp, eds. A Sociology of Spirituality. Ashgate, 2007.
- Heelas, Paul, Linda Woodhead, and Benjamin Seel, eds. The Spiritual Revolution: Why Religion is Giving Way to Spirituality. Wiley-Blackwell, 2005.