The following books have provided me with invaluable resources about the spiritual lives and experiences of others within the Christian community. I can recommend them with no reservations.
DAWN, MARVA J. Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for the Turn-of-the-Century Culture. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995. [Dawn provides a scathing indictment of those who uncritically reshape Christian worship in the image of popular cultural expressions. Her insights are on target, but her argumentation sometimes leaves little room for conversation.]
DIX, GREGORY. Shape of the Liturgy. New York: Seabury Press, 1984. [A modern “classic” of liturgical study, Dix identifies important elements of Eucharistic liturgies that have been repeated throughout the history of the church. His overall goal was to find a common “shape” to such celebrations. Recent research, by Paul Bradshaw and others, has seriously questioned Dix’s particular approach, but Dix’s contributions are still relevant, applicable, and worth considering today.]
HOWARD, THOMAS Evangelical is Not Enough [An old but outstanding text from one who had become a Christian in the mainline evangelical tradition, but had come to believe, though non-negotiable about the orthodoxy of a personal faith, that there were big parts missing from within his own personal Christian life and experience. He chronicles his personal journey of spiritual formation.]
NOUWEN, HENRI The Way of the Heart [A devotional like book that will help those with an excessive cogitative prowess to connect their own Heart to that of God.]
NOUWEN, HENRI The Genesee Diary [The record
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