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Spirituality according to Paul: Imitating the Apostle of Christ

by Reeves, Rodney

IVP Academic 2011

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Overview

Spirituality often evokes images of quiet centeredness, meditative serenity, and freedom from life’s pressures. It’s become a chic commodity, with its benefits evoked by images of sunrises and secluded retreats.

Contrast the apostle Paul, who promotes a cross-shaped spirituality for fools making their way through life’s trials. Paul realized that images of crucifixion, burial and resurrection would never be popular images of the spiritual life. So he encourages his fellow travelers, who are spiritually united with Christ, to “follow me as I follow Christ.”

As he explores this ancient spiritual path, Rodney Reeves probes our understanding of what Christian spirituality should be. And to illuminate its transformative power, he gives us living illustrations of what it means to follow Paul as he followed Christ. Here is a book that joins a deep understanding of Paul with a pastoral and spiritual wisdom born of experience.

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Key Features

  • Explores an often neglected theme in Paul
  • Introduces the significance of dying and rising with Christ for Paul’s theology and spirituality
  • Integrates the spirituality of Paul with contemporary life and realities

Praise for the Print Edition

The book is intended for all who are interested in Paul and who are developing a basic understanding of who he is, and, in this regard, Reeves has accomplished his purpose. It is recommended for scholars, pastors, students, and the untrained who are interested in this area and who desire a current scholarly yet readable and understandable approach that emphasizes the importance of demonstrating the gospel in every situation.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

An engaging discussion of Christian living as expounded in Paul’s letters.

Preaching

I am convinced that my friend Rodney Reeves writes to challenge, confound and sometimes irritate! Rodney has a keen mind and a distinct way of pressing God’s truth into our heart, then probing there to see what we are going to do in response. This is a great book to read, study, digest, meditate and, as a result, imitate the apostle of Christ.

—Rex M. Horne Jr., president, Ouachita Baptist University

This book is an outstanding resource for anyone who yearns to know Christ more deeply and follow him more completely. Rodney Reeves has given us a valuable gift in Spirituality According to Paul. His combination of careful biblical scholarship, wise pastoral counsel and open-hearted sharing of his own faith journey helps us see in new ways what authentic spirituality is all about. This book is a rich resource for pastors, lay leaders and all believers who want to grow in their relationship with Christ and to live out their faith each day.

—Mark D. Roberts, senior advisor and theologian-in-residence, Foundations for Laity Renewal

Reeves has a remarkable ability to make ancient texts speak with a modern voice. He helps us rediscover Paul’s spirituality, not in some lazy, postmodern, touchy-feely sense, but in a rigorous, immensely practical, how-to-live-your-life sense. In a day when we are advised not to put people on pedestals, Reeves insists that we place Paul squarely on a pedestal—head and shoulders above the rest—and imitate him.

—David B. Capes, Thomas Nelson Research Professor, Houston Baptist University

Product Details

  • Title: Spirituality According to Paul
  • Author: Rodney Reeves
  • Publisher: IVP Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 253

About Rodney Reeves

Rodney Reeves earned his PhD at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has done postdoctoral study at Oxford University. He is dean of The Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry and professor of biblical studies at Southwest Baptist University, both in Bolivar, Missouri. He served previously as a pastor with churches in Arkansas and Texas.