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Thirsty for God
This accessible and engaging history provides an excellent primer on the two-millennium quest for union with God, a "thirst" at the center of Christian life and practice. Holt traces the practice of Christian devotion, prayer, and contemplation from the biblical and influential early periods through the diverse insights of the Reformation and modern eras. Globally framed, ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing
(first published January 28th 1980)
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While it is a brief history, this book proved to be a comprehensive study without being overwhelming in its presentation. It often left me squirming in my western, baptist, non denom boots yet it challenges a new paradigm of thinking about cultural, historical and denominational influences on Christian spiritual practices. Were these people and movements truly pious or borderline heretical? Puts a new meaning to working out your salvation with fear and trembling. Appreciated the practical sugges ...more
Light and readable, but full of good content. An excellent primer on the history of Christian orthopraxis. I appreciated his inclusion of non-western/European voices. Were I to teach a class on Christian Spirituality 101, this would likely be among the required texts.