In The Divine Embrace, Robert Webber lays out the foundation for understanding Christian spirituality. He traces the idea of spirituality from the ancient church to the present day, showing how biblical teaching has been developed and informed by changes in culture. Webber explores how we can return contemporary spirituality to its biblical source by living out God’s story in our individual, corporate lives. Webber’s thoughts and insights are sure to encourage and equip you to live out your spirituality with a deeper and more delightful response to God’s divine embrace.
The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life is perfect for scholars, pastors, students, and laypeople. The Logos edition of this volume is fully searchable, and it connects with the rest of your digital library: Scripture passages link directly to your preferred translation, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources.
Robert Webber’s new book places him in the good company of Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, and Eugene Peterson as one of our most important thinkers about spiritual formation for authentic Christian living. It provides fresh, wise, and challenging guidance that is rooted in a career of Christian leadership development. It draws from decades of research in church history and spirituality, and flows from the mind of a scholar and the heart of a practitioner. I am a fan of all his work, but I think this is his best and most important book to date.
—Brian McLaren, author, speaker, theologian
Do not read this book alone! Bob Webber is right: authentic Christian spirituality is a shared response of believers to God’s actions on our behalf. Get your small group, Sunday school class, or church to study this challenging message together.
—David Neff, editor-in-chief, Christianity Today
Robert Webber—one of our most trusted voices on worship and discipleship—takes spirituality out of the closet of privacy and individualism and locates it smack in the middle of friendship and community. His is a wonderful, unique vision that cuts across the grain of the ‘spirituality industry.’
—James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy, Calvin College
Robert Webber (1933–2007) received his bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University, his divinity degree from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary, his master’s in theology from Covenant Theological Seminary, and his doctorate in theology from Concordia Theological Seminary. He was the Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He served as the president of the Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida. Webber’s many books include Ancient-Future Faith, Ancient-Future Time, Ancient-Future Worship and Ancient-Future Evangelism.