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Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
2014 Best Book of Spiritual Formation, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore Have you joined a church or small group in hopes of experiencing real life change, only to be disappointed? Have you sat through inspiring sermons about what is possible when Christians gather together in mutually edifying relationships, only to recognize how cynical you have become after ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 7th 2014 by IVP Books (first published October 30th 2014)
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Bob
Mar 06, 2016 Bob rated it it was amazing
Summary: Using the account of the two disciples' encounter with Jesus on the Emmaus road, Barton explores how we may experience life transformation through our encounter with Christ in the presence of others in Christian community.

I thought this was an exquisitely wonderful book! Barton honestly explores how our dreams of community and life transformation often fall far short of reality, a refreshing acknowledgement in itself. Then she goes on to talk about the Emmaus road account in Luke 24:13-
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James
Ruth Haley Barton is well established as an author of Christian spirituality. I have read and found beneficial herInvitation to Solitude and SilenceandSacred Rhythms: Arranging our Lives for Spiritual Transformation.The former, explores the importance of practicing silence as a spiritual discipline while the latter examines eight spiritual practices that help people press deeper into faith in God. Barton draws on the insights of the broad Christian tradition, but her writings is palatable for an ...more
Rob
Nov 22, 2014 Rob rated it liked it
This book is a fantastic introduction to Ruth Haley Barton and the Transforming Center. Life Together in Christ, intended as much for groups as for individuals, walks one through the basics of a community committed to experiencing Christ. This book reflects the wisdom of Barton, who has been practicing this way of life as well as leading others to do so for well over a decade, as well as exemplifying her wonderful communication skills as she easily walks one through these abstract ideas in clear ...more
Eric
Jun 14, 2015 Eric rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Amazing book. This is what community should be in the church. There are excellent exercises in here to engage in to help develop a prayer life. There is a chapter on women and men that is definitely a conversation starter. One of the greatest things in here is the section on stability. Barton covers how there is a definite power in staying at the church. The grass is obviously not always greener, as people are the same everywhere you go. Real growth happens when you stick it through the tough ...more
Jeremy
Feb 17, 2016 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-life
I highlighted the mess out of this one. Great work on fostering true community in the body of Christ. This work is intentionally narrow in its' focus; no discussion of conflict resolution or addressing sin, etc. The focus is on taking intentional and healthy steps towards a level of intimacy that sets a community up well to do those other things. I appreciated the balance of conceptual discussion and pragmatic how-to's. There were a few things I disagreed with, but nothing connected to Barton's ...more
Steve Jaeger
Jan 12, 2016 Steve Jaeger rated it it was amazing
Hands down, one of the best spiritual formation (or transformation) books I've ever read. Each chapter made me grateful for the ways God has already allowed me to experience the truths it described and long for more. This may very well shape the way that I cast vision for our church's small group ministry; it has already cast a vision for my own life. I give this book the *highest* recommendation.
Tim
Jun 15, 2015 Tim rated it it was amazing
An examination of the spiritual life together structured around the Emmaus road encounter in Luke 24. It is not an ecclesiology, but a little guidebook for groups interested in formation together. It focuses on listening, shared desire, hospitality, suffering, and discernment, ending with mission. The chapters are short but the questions included (for individual or group) are penetrating and expect spiritual transformation as part of Christian's walk together.
Jason
Apr 09, 2015 Jason rated it liked it
An accessible overview of some practices and understandings that can help Christians to experience spiritual transformation in the context of committed, authentic small groups. While I don't fully buy into all of the spiritual formation lingo or practices ("spiritual direction," lectio divina), and the book's Emmaus Road framework felt forced to me, there's plenty of good wisdom in here.
Jamie
Feb 16, 2015 Jamie rated it it was amazing
This is one I'm going to have to return to with a group. Hopefully sooner than later. Life Together in Christ focuses on the essence of what transforming life together can be - centered on Christ. Throughout the book, Ruth provides practical practices to use within a group to reflect on community as she uses Luke 24:15-35 as the narrative scaffolding bringing readers along the road to Emmaus.
Brook Maturo
Jan 25, 2016 Brook Maturo rated it liked it
Shelves: spiritual-growth
I've consistently appreciation Barton's thoughtful and practical approach to spiritual disciplines. This book is refreshingly insightful in envisioning spiritual community as a journey together and offering themes to engage yourself and others.
James
Jul 07, 2015 James rated it really liked it
I really like Ruth Hayley-Barton's writing, theology and authenticity. this is another excellent resource for ministry leaders and anyone wanting to develop.
Mary Juno
Sep 26, 2015 Mary Juno rated it it was amazing
Outstanding and perceptive portrayal of group spiritual formation- inspiring as Ruth Haley Barton so often is.
Liz Carr
Feb 09, 2016 Liz Carr rated it it was amazing
Barton's thoughtful book led to great discussion among our Spiritual Growth group. Lots of great questions for digging deeper into our own practices.
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Ruth Haley Barton is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat leader. She is co-founder of The Transforming Center, a community of Christian men and women who shape and care for the souls of leaders. She has served on the staff at several different churches, including Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL, where she co-authored a spiritual formation curriculum enti
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