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A Spiritual Formation Workbook - Revised edition: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growth

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This beginning workbook for Spiritual Formation Groups features guidelines for starting a group, study plans for the first nine sessions, and a questionnaire that helps map the way ahead. Based upon six major dimensions of the spiritual life found in the life of Christ and Christian tradition: The Contemplative Tradition - The Holiness Tradition - The Charismatic Tradition ...more
Published November 6th 2007 by HarperOne (first published March 1993)
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Robin Gough
Great Resource

I enjoyed the small group aspect of this book. Looking forward to using it as a guide in a spiritual formation small group this fall with college students.
Sharon Hedegard
Excellent study guide for small groups where people are at different places in their faith. Allows safe discussion without judgment or using 'over-theologized' language.
I had high hopes for this small group guide. But I've found it uninspiring. We've been doing it as a study for the last 8 weeks and I don't feel I've done much of anything with it.

I really like Foster's work, but this is just derivative and didactic. Just read Streams of Living Water instead.

The structure of the meetings is very easy from a leaders point of view, but not very interactive at all, which I think a small group should be.
I read this book for class. It's kinda vanilla. I might use it in a group someday, but more as a starting point than as the entirety of what we do together. It's good for people who want to try several different spiritual practices to see what works.
Excellent resource for a small group of women. We have decided to keep meeting, twice a month for the next three months, following the meeting format in the book. Then we will re-evaluate.

Excellent companion piece to James Bryan Smith's "Good and Beautiful" series. This can be a pre- or post-study resource.
Deidre Franklin
Do this with a small group!
Todd Richmond
Highly recommend this.
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James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, D.Min., Fuller Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, KS and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He also serves as the director of the Aprentis Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University.

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