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Examing the forces that shape the human spirit.
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Dallas Willard on Spiritual Formation | Spiritual Health

Dallas Willard talks about the subject of spiritual growth, the church,
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Curator's note…Dallas Willard is among my favorite authors. This video speaks to the heart of why our role in spiritual formation is essential. This video is a gem, among a very eclectic list of pointers to spiritual health.
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Direction: The Great Work to Be Born: Spiritual Formation for Leaders

The Great Work to Be Born: Spiritual Formation for LeadersVange Willms Thiessen


What dominant discourses have shaped your experience of spiritual formation? For those of us who have been influenced by a pietistic evangelical tradition, spiritual life was expressed through an individ-ual experience of conversion, Bible memorization for the assurance of salvation, church attendance, private devotions and, if plagued by guilt or doubt, multiple re-dedications of submission and obedience to the will of God.

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Neuroscience and Spiritual Practice

Curator's note... This blog contains Conference Videos of the Neuroscience & Spiritual Practice Conference. Sure beats Dancing with the Stars...

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Spirituality & Practice: Films Homepage

Spirituality & Practice: Films Homepage | Spiritual Formation | Scoop.it

Curator's note...Ever wonder what spiritual messages might be hidden in popular film? Here's a list of movie reviews with discussion of spiritual themes. Please note my disclaimer with regard to the authencity of the spiritual messages referred to, or the quality of the films.


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Shalem Publications on Contemplative Living

Shalem Publications on Contemplative Living | Spiritual Formation | Scoop.it

Curator's note...This page has a collection of short writings by a varity of writers. It's a great introduction to the contemplative life. Oh, did I mention the articles are free?


The Shalem Institute supports contemplative living and contemplative leadership - being prayerfully attentive and responsive to God's presence and guidance.

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A Spiritual Formation Workbook -: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growth: James Bryan Smith,Richard J. Foster: Amazon.com: Kindle Store

A Spiritual Formation Workbook -: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growth: James Bryan Smith,Richard J.
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Five Words with Understanding: 8 Attributes in Effective Spiritual Formation: Lessons Learned from Saint Ignatius

Curator's note... It has been said "Experience is the best teacher." The spiritual exercises have provided a positive structure for faith formation for centuries. In this post a person shares insights from 40 days of following the Exercises. Check out the ongoing journey at http://acts217.blogspot.fr/.


8 Attributes in Effective Spiritual Formation: Lessons Learned from Saint Ignatius
Having spent the last 40 days (approximately) going through The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, this post is a compilation of the lessons I have gleaned on spiritual formation as I analyzed the structure and content of this time-tested form of spiritual formation used by the Jesuits since the order's inception. These 8 Attributes in Effective Spiritual Formation are not necessarily a comprehensive list to make a perfect church program, as the Exercises are more meditative than action orientated, but are those applicable elements which I found in Ignatius' work. My posts from when I went through the Exercises are linked at the end.
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Experiencing God's Story of Life and Hope: A Workbook for Spiritual Formation: J. Scott Duvall: Amazon.com: Kindle Store

Experiencing God's Story of Life and Hope: A Workbook for Spiritual Formation: J.

Curator's note... Another in a series of spiritual formation workbooks. I haven't read this one yet, but will likely add it to my collection soon.
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Teens speak out about struggles with addiction

Curator's note... The blog refereced here tells the story of an unplanned event at a youth camp in North Carolina. It's a wonderful thing when people get honest about thier struggles....

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Dictionary of Christian Spirituality

Dictionary of Christian Spirituality | Spiritual Formation | Scoop.it

Curator's note... This short blog post introduces a resource to help navigate the sometimes confusing maze of spirituality. The author describes himself as a colleagues of two of the editors....


Dictionary of Christian Spirituality

I’m a bit late in getting around to this, but I wanted to offer up a plug for a great new resource: the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, edited by Glen Scorgie (general editor), Simon Chan, Gordon T. Smith and James D. Smith. The book recently was announced (this spring) as the winner of the Christian Book Awards’ Bible Reference category. I’m proud to call both Glen and Jim colleagues of mine (they teach at Bethel Seminary’s San Diego campus, where those of us in St. Paul wish we are when January rolls around). The book is an impressive collection of authors covering a remarkable range of topics. It’s organized under two main sections: (1) a series of 34 integrative perspective essays on topics such as Old and New Testament foundations, spirituality in community, education and spirituality, eschatology and hope, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and various historical perspectives, (2) a collection of 700 or so alphabetized entries on a vast array of topics related to Christian spirituality.

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life is a quarterly journal of contemporary spirituality that is published by the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Washington Province. Spiritual Life contains articles that deal with various aspects of Christian Spirituality and their application to everyday life. Carmelite spirituality is also featured, examining the meaning of the lives and writings of St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, and St. Edith Stein.


     There are book reviews and a books & media section that highlight books and media that would be helpful to our readers on their Journey to God. Often there is a listing of Spirituality Resources--retreats, workshops, study programs-- some following the Carmelite theme or another spiritual tradition.


     Spiritual Life promises to provide its readers with intelligent and thought-provoking material that will enhance their growth in the Spirit.
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Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality

Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality | Spiritual Formation | Scoop.it
About The Society

The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS) exists to promote research and dialogue within the growing community of persons interested in the field of spirituality. The SSCS is ecumenical and strives to be inclusive of the widest possible range of expressions of Christian spirituality. Its work is interdisciplinary, encouraging the application of diverse critical approaches to the study of spirituality.

    Subscribe/unsubscribe to SSCS Listserv

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Direction Journal

For over thirty years Direction has been addressing biblical, theological, historical, ethical, and church-related issues. A semiannual publication, Direction is supported by Mennonite Brethren higher education institutions in the United States and Canada.


Curator's note... Several of the old articles are available online. Wel worth exploring.

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The Shadow Side of Spirituality | Dr David G Benner

The Shadow Side of Spirituality | Dr David G Benner | Spiritual Formation | Scoop.it

As someone who tries to avoid defining myself by who I am not, I am sometimes surprised by my knee-jerk dis-identification with religion. Usually this occurs when I hear of yet another appalling act being done in the name of ..."


Curator's note... Dr. Benner is one of my favorite authors. Here he addresses what I consider the "Elephant in the room" in terms of the fact that many who declare their faith are also guilty of various atrocities. As one author put it, "If your view of God is wrong, the more religious you become the more dangerous you become."

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The Brain on God: Christian Neuro-Spirituality

The Brain on God: Christian Neuro-Spirituality | Spiritual Formation | Scoop.it

Curator's note...This is deeply personal and well-written article about the findings of neuroscience and spiritual practices. Well worth the read...

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Dr David G Benner

Dr David G Benner | Spiritual Formation | Scoop.it

Curator's note... I've been a fan of Dr. Benner's writings for some time. His website has information about his books, a blog, and some audio files. Well worth checking out.


Transformation through spiritual openness, alignment, and response.

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10 Core Values of Spiritual Formation

Curator's note... Short, simple, and filled with wisdom.


"Spiritual transformation …
… is essential, not optional, for Christ-followers.
… is a process, not an event.
… is God’s work, but requires my participation.
… involves those practices, experiences,...

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Spiritual Formation Lecture Series « Spiritual Formation « Biola University

Curator's note... I've been a fan of Dr. John Coe's podcasts and writings for a while. This series is available elsewhere on the web, but additional materials are nicely packaged here. Check it out!


Talbot School of #Theology Spiritual Formation Lectures featuring John Coe http://t.co/raD926jZ #Christianity #Jesus #Jesustweeters #God...
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Magnificent Surrender - interview

Magnificent Surrender - interview | Spiritual Formation | Scoop.it
An interview with Roger Helland, author of Magnificent Surrender: Releasing the Riches of Living in the Lord (Wipf & Stock, 2012). Roger is district executive coach of the Baptist General Conference in Alberta, Canada.
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Spirituality & Practice: Resources for Spiritual Journeys

Spirituality & Practice: Resources for Spiritual Journeys | Spiritual Formation | Scoop.it
Multifaith website on ways to practice spirituality in everyday life.

Curator's note.... This site has a wealth of information about the spirit side of life. It is more general and focuses on many spiritualities, not just Christianity. Note the film reviews. Many are helpful in discovering hidden themes beyond the action and glitz.
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25 Books Every Christian Should Read: A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics

25 Books Every Christian Should Read: A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics | Spiritual Formation | Scoop.it

Curator's note... This Huffington Post entry summarizes the work of an editorial board including many well-known and respects Christian authors. I find their choices well thought out and balanced.


Editors Note: This collection is excerpted from the book 25 Books Every Christian Should Read with an introduction by the book's editor, Julia L. Roller.

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Anatomy of the Soul

Anatomy of the Soul | Spiritual Formation | Scoop.it
Anatomy of the Soul is based upon two basic observations: First, at our core, we all are desperate for joy......

First, at our core, we all are desperate for joy, courage, kindness, and security. We long for these qualities to be displayed in our children, our families, our communities, and ourselves.

Second, new discoveries in neuroscience – the study of how our brains function – reveal that our interactions with each other help shape our brains and relationships in ways that either point to the qualities above, or point to negative, harmful qualities.
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Conversations Journal

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Conversations Journal - A Forum for Authentic Transformation...

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The purpose of Conversations is to provide spiritual accompaniment and honest dialogue for those who long for radical transformation in Christ. It stimulates hunger and illuminates the path by drawing on classical wisdom and practice, exploring the vital role of community, and illustrating the journey with realism and hope.

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Retreat Finder: Retreats and Retreat Centers, Retreat Property for Sale and Employment Opportunities

Retreat Finder: Retreats and Retreat Centers, Retreat Property for Sale and Employment Opportunities | Spiritual Formation | Scoop.it
Directory of personal retreats, group retreats, and retreat centers for rent encompassing all spiritual and healing traditions including yoga, meditation, spiritual retreats and vacations...

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