Shape Shifters

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Shape Shifters is a bold spiritual adventure in pursuit of the elusive change Christians are looking for. During a time when moral failures in Christian leadership seem to be too common, followers of Jesus are looking for authentic, real ...

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Overview

Shape Shifters is a bold spiritual adventure in pursuit of the elusive change Christians are looking for. During a time when moral failures in Christian leadership seem to be too common, followers of Jesus are looking for authentic, real heart change that is grounded in Scripture, God-centered, and verified by the historical Church. Above all, we want a model of spiritual transformation that works.

Willpower has failed.

Trendy, self-help techniques leave us unfulfilled.

Simplistic answers no longer satisfy.

We all want to experience change and we know it is God's desire to conform us into the image of Jesus, but where do we begin?

Written from a pastor's heart and a scholar's mind, Shape Shifters is a deeply personal book. Derek draws from the Scripture, church history, and contemporary discussions of spiritual transformation and integrates them into his own experience to open up the door to real life change.

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Brian Zahnd

With his book Shape Shifters, Derek Vreeland makes an excellent contribution to the important subject of spiritual transformation—a subject which has been largely ignored within in the Charismatic and Pentecostal community. Instead of parodying the self-help methods that characterize the pseudo-spiritual culture of contemporary America, Shape Shifters gives us a well-written exploration of spiritual transformation founded in solid, historic, Trinitarian theology. We live in a time when there is a tendency to dismiss theology as unimportant and irrelevant. The truth is everyone does theology. We either do it well or we do it poorly. Derek Vreeland is a pastor who does theology well and does it with relevance. If you have a hunger for genuine spiritual transformation that the shallow self-help gimmicks fail to satisfy, I enthusiastically recommend Derek Vreeland’s substantive and compelling book. (Pastor Brian Zahnd, Senior Pastor, Word of Life Church, St. Joseph, Missouri)

Rodney A. Bradford

Derek Vreeland has done a great job in Shape Shifters by giving the church a sound biblical and theological view of spiritual transformation in the lives of Jesus followers. This book is not just lofty thinking. Derek joins good doctrine to practical living which makes this book a valuable resource to individual believers and local congregations. I was highly encouraged in my own reading to submit myself to the work of the Holy Spirit’s work to conform me to the image of Christ for the joy of God the Father. I cannot wait to use this book in my local church! Read this book with others in your church—it will bring great benefit and blessing. (Rev. Rodney A. Bradford, Pastor, Arabi Baptist Church, Arabi, Georgia)

Santosh Ninan

Shape Shifters is a very accessible book on the role of the Trinity in bringing about spiritual transformation in the life of the believer (and by extension, the local church). Derek Vreeland has done an admirable job of navigating heady theological concepts, and bringing them to a point of access available to a wide group. Starting with the need and desire for change, Vreeland leads us through the writings of Paul, the role of the Holy Spirit, a full understanding of the character of God and the example of Jesus in presenting a balanced understanding of spiritual transformation. Peppered with humor and personal illustrations, this is a very helpful book for any Christian who desires more in their walk with God. (Pastor Santosh Ninan, Lead Pastor, Heritage Mountain Community Church, Port Moody, British Columbia)

Stephen Seamands

Spiritual formation and the doctrine of the Trinity—for most Christians they have little to do with each other. That's why Shape Shifters is such an important book. What Derek Vreeland has done here is to connect the dots, showing us how vitally and inextricably bound together they are. The Trinitarian vision of spiritual transformation he sets forth is biblical, balanced, and beautiful. It will resonate with Christians from various traditions and will surely benefit the whole Church. Read it and be informed, inspired, and transformed. (Dr. Stephen Seamands, Professor of Christian Doctrine, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978535292
  • Publisher: Word & Spirit Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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