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Beebe and Foster write an interesting book about the history of Christian paths of devotion to God They come up with seven based on the lives and intimate experiences with God of over two dozen people One The Right Ordering of Our Love for GodTwo The Spiritual Life as JourneyThree The Recovery of Knowledge of God Lost in the FallFour Intimacy with Jesus ChristFive The Right Ordering of Our Experiences of GodSix Action and ContemplationSeven Diving AscentThe appendices briefly mention ano Beebe and Foster write an interesting book about the history of Christian paths of devotion to God They come up with seven based on the lives and intimate experiences with God of over two dozen people One The Right Ordering of Our Love for GodTwo The Spiritual Life as JourneyThree The Recovery of Knowledge of God Lost in the FallFour Intimacy with Jesus ChristFive The Right Ordering of Our Experiences of GodSix Action and ContemplationSeven Diving AscentThe appendices briefly mention another six dozen or so people.Here s what they conclude These paths, of course, are not exclusive of one another No one path is right and the others wrong Indeed, they overlap and intertwine and mingle with each other Likely, we will find ourselves on one path or another at different seasons of our life And, Only one thing is essential for us to move forward in this life with God I found the descriptions of the life and work of these nine dozen people to be very interesting, some I had heard of others I had not I have been ignorant of most of the essence of what these people emphasized What I find amazing, is the way that Beede can summarize the belief systems of so many folks WITHOUT CONDEMNING OR DE VALUING He seems to give his most accurate assessment of their lives and beliefs about God Foster does come closer to putting value judgments on some of these folks but again, from a layperson s growing perspective, I found some of these folks how do you say wacky, hard to swallow.Beedee and Foster seem to be able to have a high tolerance for acceptance and the ability to take the meat and leave the bones It actually stretched me in that way, to have a greater patience to come to understand differing spiritual experiences and theological understandings.I d read this book again in a few years, maybe Excellent In addition to being an excellent introduction to Christian spirituality itself, this book also provides a fabulous overview of classic Christian spiritual authors from throughout church history Introductions to such luminaries as Augustine of Hippo, Theresa of Avila, and George Herbert, a great read for anyone seeking a pathway to a deeper Christian life Great book Think of it as spiritual biography This volume looks at seven different pathways frameworks that the church has historically used in understanding the spiritual life in general and spiritual formation in particular For each pathway three to four historical figures are featured, each among the great names in Christian spirituality throughout the centuries Gayle Beebe, who wrote most of this volume and who is an amazing scholar and writer I look forward to his next book , begins Great book Think of it as spiritual biography This volume looks at seven different pathways frameworks that the church has historically used in understanding the spiritual life in general and spiritual formation in particular For each pathway three to four historical figures are featured, each among the great names in Christian spirituality throughout the centuries Gayle Beebe, who wrote most of this volume and who is an amazing scholar and writer I look forward to his next book , begins each chapter with an analysis of that particular figure s thought and their contribution to the church s thinking on spiritual formation Each chapter ends with a shorter reflection by Richard Foster, who brings a deep familiarity and experience to each figure s work One gets the feeling that Foster has spent considerable time with each historical figure, understanding their thoughts, practicing the different disciplines that each recommends, etc.I read this book like a devotional, spending two to three days on each historical figure It was fascinating as biography as well as spiritually nourishing For those enjoying this volume and finding themselves wanting , I suggest Foster s Devotional Classics, and Lawson s Deeper Experiences of Famous Christians Highly recommended This was a good book, but it was stuck in the middle It not only covered seven approaches to spiritual growth, it covered them from St Augustine to the 20th century So he discussed so many people The reason I say it s stuck in the middle is that each person was given not enough space to fully embrace It felt like a lot of the book was reading bullet point summaries of historical figures and cliff notes summaries of their books Just when I d think I wasn t going to read any, he would st This was a good book, but it was stuck in the middle It not only covered seven approaches to spiritual growth, it covered them from St Augustine to the 20th century So he discussed so many people The reason I say it s stuck in the middle is that each person was given not enough space to fully embrace It felt like a lot of the book was reading bullet point summaries of historical figures and cliff notes summaries of their books Just when I d think I wasn t going to read any, he would start applying the ideas to modern life and the book would come back to life.So I think he could have shortened the book fewer examples of each path or lengthened the book gone deeper into each example and it would have been much better So if you re up for plowing through a lot of historical and literature summaries, then this is a good book But if you re looking for a devotional book, not the best Sadly, not the best historical book either It s somewhere in the middle Interesting summary of a lot of Christian thinkers of past ages It has rekindled my interest in revisiting some of those I d already read as well as passion to find others mentioned that I d not encountered before. This is a re read for me It s probably my third time through this guide into seven paths of Christian devotion The great cloud of witnesses always calls to me I need this refreshing in my life to prime the pump in my prayer life. It is so thought provoking to read the works of the early church fathers and particularly so when guided by those who have studied their work in detail The authors take the reader on a journey through the centuries visiting amazing women and men of God At each stop we lean the contribution of they made to the challenge of walking with God and then are treated to a reflection on its application Well worth a slow measured read This, providing a guide to the classic writers on spirituality, is best understood as a primer and reference book, but with a devotional edge Written by two giants of spiritual formation, this seeks to encompass many centuries of wisdom, summarising the thought of theologians as wide ranging as Augustine of Hippo, John Bunyan, Thomas Aquinas, Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Gregory the Great, and Teresa of Avila Its chapters are brief, describing the theologian in question, the theology This, providing a guide to the classic writers on spirituality, is best understood as a primer and reference book, but with a devotional edge Written by two giants of spiritual formation, this seeks to encompass many centuries of wisdom, summarising the thought of theologians as wide ranging as Augustine of Hippo, John Bunyan, Thomas Aquinas, Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Gregory the Great, and Teresa of Avila Its chapters are brief, describing the theologian in question, the theology of their approach to intimacy with God, and a reflection at the end A major appeal of this book is that it has seven sections, each representing different pathways to God, and groups the theologians under these themes The seven pathways describe the spiritual life as The right ordering of our love for God Journey Recovery of the knowledge of God lost in the Fall Intimacy with Jesus Christ Right ordering of our experiences of God Action and contemplation Divine ascent.Because it s summarising deep theology in a few pages, it s best read slowly, but for anyone new to the subject of spirituality or these Christian classics, it s a great reference book to have Highly recommended I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review, which this is (Free Book) Ó Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian Devotion â Christianity Today Book Award winnerGolden Canon Leadership Book Award winner Think of the moment you last experienced God Do you know him that closely in this moment Truly experiencing the love of God gives us a taste of his goodness and his love for us, but often those moments are fleeting We get distracted by life Our awareness and understanding fade while our longing to experience him that way again increases In these pages you can begin to fill that longing by developing your capacity to receive and respond to God s love Spiritual formation is the process through which one s inner self is opened to the work of the Holy Spirit, who forms us into the image of the Son Here Richard Foster and Gayle Beebe, both experienced leaders in spiritual formation, introduce you to people from the past who have known God deeply Each person helps you to grasp one of the seven primary paths to intimacy with God that have been developed throughout Christian history Chapters are divided into sections, each segment surrounding a key figure and concluding with a reflection and prayer This rich resource can guide you into the same deep intimacy with God, opening you to the Spirit s work of transformation Really wanted to like this book, Longing for God Seven Paths of Christian Devotion by Beebe and Foster I had hoped that it would be a modern day classic explaining the best in spiritual writing and creating within the reader a genuine hunger for God However, I was disappointed The book attempts to cover too much ground by only giving us a Cliff Notes version of each spiritual writer s best known work The writing style becomes redundant with each chapter listing stages of growth for the Chri Really wanted to like this book, Longing for God Seven Paths of Christian Devotion by Beebe and Foster I had hoped that it would be a modern day classic explaining the best in spiritual writing and creating within the reader a genuine hunger for God However, I was disappointed The book attempts to cover too much ground by only giving us a Cliff Notes version of each spiritual writer s best known work The writing style becomes redundant with each chapter listing stages of growth for the Christian life The author s kept speaking of achieving union with Christ, yet the Bible speaks of the believer as already being in union with Christ through his death, burial, and resurrection Col.3, Rom.6 What we lack is deeper communion with Christ not present union in Christ The author s writing style lacked passion, I felt that I was reading a Master s thesis instead a book that was written to draw me into a deeper life with God I might suggest James Houston s audio course Regent College on the History of Prayer Houston does what this book attempts to do Insights into the great spiritual writers while burning within the believer a powerful passion for knowing Christ