Seasons of the Soul Stages of Spiritual Development

ISBN-10: 0830835350

ISBN-13: 9780830835355

Edition: 2009

Authors: Bruce Demarest
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Description: Spiritual formation professor and New Testament scholar Bruce Demarest helps us grasp the whole picture of the journey we're on with Christ that we might live our days with intention and keep moving toward maturity in faith. Using Scripture, writings from our rich spiritual tradition and stories of present-day believers walking the same path of faith, the Demarest leads us through the three main stages of the journey to become more like Christ.

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 6/22/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 191
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Dr. Bruce Demarest is professor of theology and spiritual formation at Denver Seminary.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Christian Life: A Journey
Pattern of the Journey
Analogies from the Developmental Sciences
A Helpful Paradigm
Biblical and Historical Sources
The Book and Spiritual Formation
Initial Orientation: Seeds of New Life
New Life in Christ
Delights of Salvation
Struggle with the Fallen Nature
Contemporary Examples
Enticements and Pleasures
Knowing and Doing
Spiritual Infancy and Adolescence
Additional Dangers and Threats
Moving Forward
Painful Disorientation: Seasons of Distress
Peaches and Cream?
Life's Inevitable Trials
Destabilizing the Soul
Experienced by Old-Covenant Souls
Engaged by New-Covenant People
Disorientation in Christian History
Affliction Hits Home
Redemptive Outcomes of Trials and Afflictions
Extreme Ascetic Afflictions
Comfort Amidst Trials
Painful Disorientation:
Understanding Why We Suffer
The Sinful Human Heart
The Fallen World Order
Satan and Demons
Life's Distressing Misfortunes
A Traumatic Life Transition
The Spirit of God
Redemptive Seasons
Painful Disorientation: Dark Night of the Soul
Well-Documented in Scripture
Experienced by Prominent Christians
Explained by John of the Cross
Interpreted by Other Christian Authorities
An Evangelical Assessment of the Dark Night
The Dark Night and Clinical Depression
Transformational Outcomes of the Dark Night
Painful Disorientation: Redemptive Responses
God and Disciples: Each Doing Our Part
Turn from All Known Sin
Be Assured of God's Lovingkindness
Express Feelings of Distress to God
Abandon All to God
Recognize the Value of Suffering in the Divine Economy
Journey to One's "Inner Sinai"
Praise God for Past Mercies
Walk with a Spiritual Companion
Reach Out to Others
Take Courage, Never Give Up!
Joyful Reorientation: Savor of Resurrection
Fresh Illumination
Radiance of Resurrection
Intimate Union
New Healing
Wisdom
Becoming a Child Again
Journey Outward
Living in Love
Contemplate Eternal Realities
We Shall Be Like Him
Conclusion
Our Appointed Goal
Jesus Our Course
The Inevitable Pressure
A Repetitive Pattern
Steady Progress
Joyful Arrival
Appendix: Spiritual Journey Paradigms: Classical and Contemporary
Notes
Index of Names
Scripture Index
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