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Thirsty for God

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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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Sylvia Jeronimo
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Robert
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Daniel Supimpa
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A fair introduction to the topic of Christian Spirituality from a Protestant standpoint. The book is quite clear and is helpful for those aiming to "test the waters", but superficial for those with some former knowledge of the Christian tradition.
Peggy Troyer
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A really different angle on church history, this book deals with spiritual practices over the ages. Great bibliography for further reading on intriguing topics. Avoids denominational bias by covering them all.
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Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: grad-school
Would never read this if not for class, but overall a good introduction. I liked the author's voice a lot.
Liddy Barlow
May 24, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion, 2007
A very basic overview of the history of Christian spirituality (and so much of Christian history in general as well). This is a useful resource to have, despite its superficiality.
Nancy Graham
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The book is dense but a fairly thorough overview. Good stuff.
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