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Growing in the Life of Faith: Education and Christian Practices
In this new edition of his popular book, Craig Dykstra explores the contributions of the traditions, education, worship practices, and disciplines of the Reformed Christian community in helping people grow in faith. In doing so, he makes the case that the Christian church, in its own traditions, has a wealth of wisdom about satisfying spiritual hunger and the desire to ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published September 2nd 2005 by Westminster John Knox Press
(first published August 1999)
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I appreciated reading a book on spiritual practices which so intentionally takes culture as its starting point. A simple yet, at times, profound engagement with the contemporary search for meaning and the role of both communal and individual spiritual disciplines.
I've read this book a couple of times now and au always get something out of it. This book began life as a series of articles and lectures and is held together by the exploration of how Christian practices shape and form Christian learning and education. It's a thoughtful book on Christian teaching and learning and an affirmation of the important role of faith communities in shaping and sending Christians both through the educative role of the practices of Christian community and through intent ...more
I learned about this book in Dorothy Bass' Practicing Our Faith book, and found I enjoyed it even more. Dykstra discusses how the incorporation of Christian practices in adult and youth education activities enriches and deepens faith. The chapters on the formative power of practices and the important (a n d often misguided) role of the congregation were really outstanding. The study guide at the back of the book (2nd ed.) was quite good too.