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Satisfy Your Soul: Renewing the Heart of Christian Spirituality

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  89 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Discover the timeless spiritual guidance from Christian classics on such spiritual disciplines as silence, meditation, contemplation, and more.


• resource listings
• personal application questions
• the author's personal story of his contemplative journey
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by NavPress
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Aug 04, 2013 Phil rated it liked it
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I picked this up on spec at my local theological library, mostly because it is included in a series produced by the late Dallas Willard. It is an attempt to explain and justify meditation and the long history of Christian mysticism to evangelicals who have been trained to mistrust both. This creates something of a defensiveness in the writer's comments which can be a little off-putting for those who, like me, belong to traditions which are less suspicious of Christian mysticism, meditation and s ...more
Joseph Davis
Feb 25, 2017 Joseph Davis rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read from a Reformed Christian author that explores the benefits of contemplative faith. Throughout the book, one will find Reformed pillars such as Calvin and Luther cited alongside the likes of St. Teresa of Avila, Richard Lovelace, and lots of A.W. Tozer.

Though the book may suffer from some excesses (interpreting dreams for instance), it is, by and large, a sound and helpful read especially for the reader who wishes to pursue a deeper relationship with God.
Demarest’s text was unique from many of the other texts I have read on spiritual formation. I appreciate his work on multiple levels; his concern and commitment to scripture and orthodoxy, his commitment to presenting the classics and ancient spirituality from a scholarly perspective, and his desire to bridge gaps and pursue peace and unity for the sake of the Gospel and community.

I appreciate that Demarest sought to approach some of “the classics” as often described by Foster and others not onl
Jul 28, 2011 Natasha rated it it was ok
I hate to say it, but I really didn't care for this book. The premise is to evaluate Christian spirituality and what that means biblically -- especially against New Age culture. Had I grown up in a more conservative home or were a more conservative Christian, I might have felt differently, but because I grew up following an East Indian belief system, I already have some knowledge about alternative ways to worship and how those ways can be biblical. The book does have good information, but I woul ...more
Nov 14, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it
Helpful book on recognizing the evangelical penchant for failing to see union with Christ as catapulting us into a life of communion with him. The book did leave me wondering about Catholic renewal movements and what I, as a Christian from the Reformed tradition, can learn from such movements that promote deeper communion with our triune God while denying assurance of faith (Trent, ch. 9) which undermines the believer's core identity as a child of Abba because of Christ's perfect work. So I have ...more
Joshua Stager
Feb 10, 2013 Joshua Stager rated it really liked it
The book was quite compelling. I have been pursuing a new understanding of Spiritual Formation for a few years, and this is the first book that I feel has provided a comprehensive perspective that could be used in a small group inside a church. I hope to use it as such!
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