We are all made with a deep desire to be in God’s presence and to become our true selves in light of God's grace. Books from IVP Formatio follow the rich tradition of the church in the journey of spiritual formation. For spiritual directors, retreat leaders, and contemplative Christians alike, IVP Formatio titles facilitate deep and formative spiritual growth through spiritual disciplines and tools like the Enneagram.
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Experienced spiritual director Alice Fryling presents an overview of what group spiritual direction is and how it is practiced, offering practical step-by-step guidance for those who would like to start, lead or particpate in group spiritual direction.
Sharon Garlough Brown tells the moving story of four strangers as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support and personal revelation.
In her bestselling book Sensible Shoes, Sharon Garlough Brown tells the moving story of four women as they embark together on a journey of spiritual formation. Now you can take notes as you read with this companion journal, perfect for personal reflection times or retreats. It features lightly-lined pages sprinkled with quotes from Sensible Shoes.
The novel Sensible Shoes is meant to bring spiritual transformation in community. This leader's guide offers guidance for inviting participants into either a twelve-week small group experience through the study guide or a retreat based on the practices in the book. You'll receive facilitating tips and sample retreat schedules plus creative ideas from past group leaders.
Number of Studies: 12
This companion guide will take you deeper into the world of the women from Sensible Shoes. Allowing you to try out the spiritual practices you've seen them engage in the book, this guide includes twelve weeks of daily Scripture reading, prayer, and reflection questions (five days a week) that correspond to the disciplines the women practice, along with a group discussion guide at the end of each week.
Number of Studies: 12
Wren Crawford is a social worker whose struggles with anxiety and depression are starting to overcome her. She finds solace in art and spiritual formation along with traditional therapeutic interventions, but a relationship from her past threatens to undo her progress. As Wren seeks healing in this beautifully written novel, readers are invited to move beyond pat answers into an experience of hope that illuminates the darkness.
This six-week study guide for Sharon Garlough Brown's novel Shades of Light is an opportunity for you to reflect on how the experiences of the characters in the novel resonate with your own experience. Including daily Scripture readings, reflection questions, and simple spiritual practices like creative art and visio divina, this guide offers a healing balm for those in the midst of difficult seasons.
Number of Studies: 6
Spiritual director and pastor Barbara Peacock illustrates how the practices of spiritual formation are woven into African American culture and lived out in the rich heritage of its faith community. Using the examples of ten significant men and women, Barbara helps us engage in practices of soul care as we learn from these spiritual leaders.
When children have a listening companion who hears, acknowledges, and encourages their early experiences with God, it creates a spiritual footprint that shapes their lives. Lacy Finn Borgo draws on her experience of practicing spiritual direction with children as she introduces key skills for engaging kids in spiritual conversations, offering sample dialogues, prayers to use together, and ideas for play, art, and movement.
God gives us companions on our journey. A spiritual director is one such companion, offering spiritual guidance. Whether you are a director, a directee or simply someone who wants to learn more about this ancient ministry, this comprehensive introduction to the art of both giving and receiving spiritual direction will be a helpful guide.