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25 Books Every Christian Should Read: A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics

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For more than twenty years Renovaré has pioneered the use of spiritual classics for deepening our lives of discipleship. Their highly praised compendiums Devotional Classics and Spiritual Classics have sold 500,000 copies. Now they have put together a prestigious editorial board and polled respected Christian leaders and thinkers from a variety of Christian traditions, including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant, to present the twenty-five most spiritually influential and ...

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For more than twenty years Renovaré has pioneered the use of spiritual classics for deepening our lives of discipleship. Their highly praised compendiums Devotional Classics and Spiritual Classics have sold 500,000 copies. Now they have put together a prestigious editorial board and polled respected Christian leaders and thinkers from a variety of Christian traditions, including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant, to present the twenty-five most spiritually influential and important books for Christians to read.

There are books that should be shaping the church, our faith, and our engagement in the world. From timeless classics like The Imitation of Christ to unexpected selections like Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, 25 Books Every Christian Should Read provides historical background for each work and explains its importance for modern Christians, while including selected readings from every book to get you started. In addition, each chapter ends with discussion questions to the work for use in small groups or for personal reflection. 25 Books Every Christian Should Read is a pivotal resource for the future of Christianity, an invitation into the fullness and richness of the Christian tradition.

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In an age much given to digests, lists, and brevity, it seems only natural that Christian spirituality should generate its own top 25. The nonprofit Christian organization Renovaré has pulled together an editorial board, including, among others, Emilie Griffin, Richard Rohr, and Phyllis Tickle, to muster up selections of the best reading that the Christian tradition has to offer—other than the Bible itself. This gathering effectively presents the central core of Christian writing on faith, spirit, and doctrine, including St. Augustine, St. Teresa of Avila, C.S. Lewis, Dante Alighieri, and Henri Nouwen, as well as writers perhaps less known to nonspecialists, such as Brother Lawrence, Thomas R. Kelly, Julian of Norwich, and St. Athanasius. The excerpted texts are introduced by the presenting editor and followed by study questions and that editor's personal top-five list of Christian texts. VERDICT A beautiful introduction for the new Christian, and a fine refresher on the excellence of the classics for the longtime Christian.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060841430
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 681,763
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Renovaré (from the Latin meaning "to renew") is an intrachurch movement committed to the renewal of the church of Jesus Christ in all its multifaceted manifestations. Founded by bestselling author and well-known speaker Richard J. Foster, Renovaré is Christian in commitment, international in scope, and ecumenical in breadth.

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