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The Kingdom Life: A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation Kindle Edition
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For six years, a dozen spiritual formation leaders—including Dallas Willard, Bruce Demarest, and Bill Hull—have come together with their colleagues to create this collection of wisdom and honest personal revelation in the areas of discipleship and spiritual formation. The Kingdom Life aims to ground your transformation in the midst of your community through five key emphases: (1) a fresh approach to spiritual disciplines that connect you with God and His kingdom; (2) the pursuit of transformation through communities of grace; (3) exploration of the inner issues of woundedness, hiddenness, and legalism; (4) direct involvement in God’s mission in your world; and (5) practicing the broader vision of an integrated approach to transformation.
The Kingdom Life is for teachers, pastors, and lay leaders but also for every serious Christian seeking a more integrated approach to spiritual formation. This book has both a theological foundation and a “process” aspect in which the key principles are exhibited in practice.
- ASIN : B00IDHWHQ2
- Publisher : NavPress (February 1, 2014)
- Publication date : February 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 6390 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 351 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #305,442 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Pros: on the chapter of suffering, the author shared her family’s struggle and that was touching.
Cons: on the very last chapter, the author was promoting a book from brother Yun, the Heavenly Man. The author needs to do a background check on this guy, because he is considered as heretic in China. “Brother Yun” encourages “working salvation” and lied to the German government to obtain a German passport. He is worst than Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormon, but was promoted in this book. Readers please be aware.
The contributors of this book are a veritable gold mine of experience and knowledge, several of them having authored books individually on various topics and teaching involving spiritual formation. This collaborative work came out of the formation of a group named TACT (Theological and Cultural Thinkers Group). It seems the group experienced a number of growing pains, but through perseverance and humility was able to come together with diversity of background, experience, and tradition to compile this book which represents a generalized common experience for believers on the path of spiritual formation.
The book is separated into two main sections; Part One consists of the Process Elements of Spiritual Formation and Part Two consisting of the Theological Elements of Spiritual Formation. Each section features specific "elements" which lend shape and substance to the theology and the process of spiritual formation. For instance, under the process elements there are chapter titles discussing the Gospel of the Kingdom as it pertains to spiritual formation, communities of grace, and transformation. While the theological elements are discussed in chapters titled The Trinity, the Holy Spirit, and The Bible to name a few.
At the end of each chapter there are questions and points for reflection and discussion. While these can be used for individual study and edification, I believe a small group or class setting would be most beneficial allowing for social interaction and diverse points of view (this in my personal opinion). Also included at the end of each chapter is a list of titles for further reading relevant to the material covered in said chapter. Finally, the book is very well cited and documented with resource material; this annotated index is included in a "notes" section at the end of the book.
As I mentioned, I don't know why I haven't heard more about The Kingdom Life...perhaps it may be that it reads somewhat like a textbook and that may be true, but it should not be discounted or put aside for those reasons. This book is full of great information and resource material and would be an invaluable addition to the library of anyone working in the area of discipleship.
Cons: I don't know why this book is so expensive if you are going to be writing the same thing under different title. Long chapters. Great topic, and easy to read, which I like, but wow. Help me! lol.
The chapters by Willard, Thrall, Demerest and a few others are worth the read.