Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation

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InterVarsity Press, Jul 7, 1993 - Religion - 173 pages
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The process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others:" so M. Robert Mulholland Jr. defines spiritual formation. Compact and solid, this definition encompasses the dynamics of a vital Christian life and counters our culture's tendency to make spirituality a trivial matter or reduce it to a private affair between "me and Jesus." In Invitation to a Journey, Mulholland helps Christians new and old to understand that we become like Christ gradually, not instantly. Not every personality is suited to an early morning quiet time, so Mulholland frees different personality types to express their piety differently. He reviews the classical spiritual disciplines and demonstrates the importance of undertaking our spiritual journey with (and for the sake of) others. This road map for spiritual formation is profoundly biblical and down to earth. In the finest tradition of spiritual literature, it is a vital help to Christians at any stage of their journey.

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User Review  - Tom Kegley -

An excellent book relating our spiritual growth to our personality type and the spiritual disciplines. I was challenged by Mulholland's idea that the focus of our spiritual disciplines should not be ... Read full review

User Review  - Rev. Philip Smith -

I use this book for teaching a class on Spiritual Formation. It's one of the best books that allows people to understand the complexity of others. Excellent! Read full review

About the author (1993)

M. Robert Mulholland Jr. (ThD, Harvard Divinity School) is emeritus professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is pastor of Shirley Community Church in Shirley Mills, Maine, and the author of several books, including Shaped by the Word, The Deeper Journey, Revelation and the landmark spiritual formation book Invitation to a Journey.Mullholland has written many papers and several books on spiritual formation. During his extensive academic career, Mulholland served as adjunct professor at the Academy for Spiritual Formation and taught at several seminaries and universities around the world, including Wesley Theological Seminary, Harvard University, McMurry University, Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary (Moscow, Russia), West Africa Theological Seminary (Lagos, Nigeria) and Baltic Mission Center Theological Seminary (Tallinn, Estonia). An elder in the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church, Mulholland is a frequent speaker at Bible and spiritual renewal conferences. Active in church activities, he has held rural, recreational, inner-city and suburban pastorates. He and his wife, Lynn, have two children.

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