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Posted July 27, 2009
M. Robert Mulholland's Invitation to a Journey: A Roadmap for Spiritual Formation, written in 1993, is a part of InterVarsity Press' Formatio series, which is dedicated to spiritual formation. Formatio integrates spiritual practice with God's word and has the goal of guiding the reader toward transformation in the image of Christ. Currently the series boasts over 30 titles from such acclaimed authors as Dallas Willard, Eugene Peterson, and Leighton Ford and cover such topics as fasting, Celtic devotion, solitude and silence, and prayer. Formatio is also a sponsor of Metamorpha, an online community for Christian spiritual formation.
Mulholland has presented an excellent addition to the spiritual formation canon. Avoiding the temptation to simply cover the traditionally recognized disciplines, he exposes the reader to many aspects of formation rarely discussed with detail: how our formation involves and impacts others, how personality structures affect formation, the classic four stage pilgrimage of awakening, purgation, illumination, and union, and the succinct definition that he applies to spiritual formation all set his work apart. Invitation to a Journey exists in a special class of required reading for not just spiritual formation, but for issues of the spiritual life in general. This should be atop the reading list for all new believers and for all those interested in moving along healthily on the path of formation.
M. Robert Mulholland's Invitation to a Journey is an important contribution to spiritual formation. Full of unique qualities that set the bar quite high, Mulholland has provided a wonderful resource.
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Posted May 1, 2014