In Handbook on Spiritual Formation, twenty-five church leaders explore spiritual formation in the light of history. This includes specific acts of liturgy, public worship, and prayer. The volume is an alternative to a humanistic education which has robbed some churches of the ability to transform believers. It assists congregations in producing the kind of people who can witness to the world through both their words and the depth of their being. Handbook on Spiritual Formation helps educate and nurture believers in the process of their spiritual formation.
Contributors include Dallas Willard, Donald Bloesh, Leanne Payne, John Piper, Larry Crabb, James Bryan Smith and many others.
Here is a smorgasbord of essays that range wide and between them probe deep into the roots of spiritual life. Everyone who has a ministry of pastoral guidance will find something new and useful in these pages.
—J. I. Packer, Regent College
It is not often that a book combining adequate coverage of the subject, accurate information, and genuine spiritual insight appears, but The Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation does just that. It draws together theoretical insight on spiritual formation for the academician and practical help on growing spiritually for the layperson.
—Walter A. Elwell, Wheaton College
What a pertinent topic. What a great group of writers. What a wealth of information. Having read through Wilhoit and Gangel's handbook of spiritual formation, I'm certain I'll be going back to it time and again.
—David R. Mains, The Chapel of the Air Ministries
Kenneth O. Gangel (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is now executive director of the graduate studies division at Toccoa Falls College. Prior to taking this post, he was a distinguished professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. A noted expert on Christian education, he has written many books, including Feeding and Leading.
James C. Wilhoit (Ph.D., Northwestern) is professor of Christian education at Wheaton College. He has authored a number of scholarly articles and books, including Christian Education and the Search for Meaning.