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Life with God Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation

ISBN-10: 0060836970

ISBN-13: 9780060836979

Edition: 2008

Authors: Richard J. Foster, Kathryn A. Helmers

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Too often, our study of the Bible focuses on searching for specific information or some formula that will solve our pressing needs of the moment. But what if we approached the Bible differently, and instead of transforming the text to meet our needs, allowed it to transform "us"? That's exactly the idea behind "Life with God," Richard J. Foster's much-anticipated book on the Bible. Foster, bestselling author of "Celebration of Discipline" and general editor of "The Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible," claims that God has superintended the writing of Scripture so that it serves as the most reliable guide for Christian spiritual formation. According to Foster, the Bible is all about human life "with God." As we read Scripture, we should consider how exactly God is "with us" in each story and allow ourselves to be spiritually transformed. By opening our whole selves--mind, body, spirit, thoughts, behavior, and will--to the page before us, we begin to grasp all the Bible has to teach about prayer, obedience, compassion, virtue, and grace and apply it to our everyday lives to achieve a deeper relationship with God. With a wealth of examples and simple yet crucial insights, "Life with God" is an indispensable guide to approaching the Bible through the lens of Christian spiritual formation, revealing that reading the Bible for interior transformation is a far different endeavor than reading the Bible for historical knowledge, literary appreciation, or religious instruction.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/22/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Richard J. Foster is the author of several bestselling books, including Celebration of Discipline , Streams of Living Water , Life with God , and Prayer , which was Christianity Today 's Book of the Year and the winner of the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He is the founder of Renovar�, an organization and a movement committed to the renewal of the church of Jesus Christ in all its multifaceted expressions, and the editor of The Life with God Bible .

Catching the Vision
Seeing the Bible Afresh
Entering the World of the Bible
Experiencing the with-God Life
Nurturing the Intention
Reading with the Heart
Reading with the Mind
Reading with the People of God
Understanding the Means
The Disciplines of Relationship
The Way of Freedom
Living by Grace
Resource Charts
The Dynamic of Spiritual Transformation in the with-God Life: Fifteen Expressions
An Overview of God's Purpose of Transformation in Human History
Notes
For Further Reading
Index of Scriptures
Index of Names and Subjects