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Spiritual Formation: Reading Material

These are some of the books that have shaped our approach to spiritual formation, discipleship, and prayer:

Spiritual Formation

  • Adele Calhoun. The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook. Practices that Transform Us.
  • Dallas Willard. Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ.
  • Richard Foster. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth.
  • Dallas Willard. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives.
  • Dallas Willard. The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’ Essential Teachings on Discipleship.
  • Richard Foster. Life With God: Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation.
  • David G. Benner. The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery.
  • David G. Benner. Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship and Direction.
  • James Bryan Smith. The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows.
  • James Bryan Smith. The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ.
  • James Bryan Smith. The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love.
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Cost of Discipleship.
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Life Together.
  • Thomas A Kempis. The Imitation of Christ.
  • Ruth Haley Barton. Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation.
  • Gary Thomas. Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul’s Path to God.
  • M. Robert Mulholland Jr. Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation.
  • Thomas Keating. Invitation to Love: The Way of Christian Contemplation.
  • Gerald G. May. Will and Spirit: A Contemplative Psychology.
  • Wyndy Corbin Reuschling. Desire for God and the Things of God. The Relationships between Christian Spirituality and Morality.
  • David A. DeSilva. Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation Through the Book of Common Prayer.


  • Dallas Willard. Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God.
  • Richard Foster. Prayer: Finding the Hearts True Home.
  • Henri Nouwen. The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life.
  • James Washington. Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans.
  • MaryKate Morse. A Guidebook to Prayer: Twenty-four Ways to Walk with God.
  • Desmond Tutu. An African Prayer Book.
  • Ken Wilson. Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms in Prayer.
  • The Book of Common Prayer.


  • Parker Palmer. Let your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation.
  • Soong Chan Rah. Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Strength to Love.
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