Category Archives: Books – Spirituality

Book | Exploring Spirituality and Culture in Adult and Higher Education by Elizabeth Tisdell

imageExploring Spirituality and Culture in Adult and Higher Education by Elizabeth Tisdell

My Notes…

Assumptions about Spirituality:

  • spirituality and religion are not the same, but for many people they are interrelated
  • spirituality is an awareness and honoring of wholeness and the interconnectedness of all things through the mystery of what many refer to as the Life-force, God, higher power, higher self, cosmic energy, Buddha nature, or Great Spirit
  • spirituality is fundamentally about meaning making
  • spirituality is always present (though often unacknowledged) in the learning environment
  • spiritual development constitutes moving toward greater authenticity or to a more authentic self
  • spirituality is about how people construct knowledge through largely unconscious and symbolic processes, often made more concrete in art forms such as music, image, symbol, and ritual, all of which are manifested culturally
  • spiritual experiences most often happen by surprise
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    Book | Spirituality and Theology: Christian Living and the Doctrine of God by Philip Sheldrake


    Spirituality and Theology by Philip Sheldrake

    This book is a gold mine for my research. Sheldrake connects the contemporary study of Christian Spirituality directly to the Social Trinity. He also provides an excellent historical summary of why spirituality and theology have been estranged since the dawn of the modern era.

    My Annotated Scan of the section  The Significance of Trinitarian Theology. (75-83) He defends Augustine against accusations of individualism.

    The fundamental truth of our existence is that human beings and God are both rooted in mutual self-giving love. To exist consists of being-in-relationship. (78) read more

    Book | Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard

    RenovationOfTheHeartRenovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ by Dallas Willard

    I must confess my bias and internal struggle before I begin a review of this book. God used this book to move me from the mega-church experience to the house church experience in 2002. I have been deeply influenced by the writing of Dallas Willard for many years. Now, on this side of my journey through Emergent theology, Lutheran theology, and the PhD studies, I revisit this book, and Willard’s theology, with different lenses and from a different perspective. I still deeply respect it, but I also see that it: read more

    Book | Conformed to His Image by Kenneth Boa

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    Boa, Kenneth. Conformed to His Image: Biblical and Practical Approaches to Spiritual Formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001.

    Ken-BoaAuthor: Kenneth Boa

    Boa outlines twelve distinct types of Christian spiritualities. He describes them each as facets to the diamond that is Christian Spirituality. The chart below provides a helpful visualization of the landscape that Boa has mapped out for us.

    Boa’s Twelve Facets

    Facet 1—Relational Spirituality: Loving God Completely, Ourselves Correctly, and Others Compassionately

    Facet 2—Paradigm Spirituality: Cultivating an Eternal versus a Temporal Perspective read more