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Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation

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Here is a new way to read scripture -- a way that allows scripture to shape your spiritual life. Learn to: listen for the voice of God in the Bible, move from informational reading to formational reading of the Bible, give up "control" over the text and let God lead your reading and understanding. An emphasis on the cognitive, purely rational approach to reading erects barriers to spiritual reading of scripture. We have lost the ability to mediate upon the Word -- to listen to ...
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Overview

Here is a new way to read scripture -- a way that allows scripture to shape your spiritual life. Learn to: listen for the voice of God in the Bible, move from informational reading to formational reading of the Bible, give up "control" over the text and let God lead your reading and understanding. An emphasis on the cognitive, purely rational approach to reading erects barriers to spiritual reading of scripture. We have lost the ability to mediate upon the Word -- to listen to God in scripture with the deepest core of our being.

In Shaped by the Word, Robert Mulholland invites you to read scripture another way. He demonstrates how to release control of the text, which is based on today's typical informational approach and to allow God to speak to the spiritual self -- the formational approach. The methods Mulholland explores are classic Christian paths to spiritual formation through scripture reading, methods that have been overshadowed by a bias for analytical Bible study. This kind of meditation on the Word can bring you to a more vibrant relationship with God. Only through such formational reading of the Bible will you find yourself shaped by the Word.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835809368
  • Publisher: Upper Room Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 367,210
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 11
I. Introduction
1. Getting Oriented 15
2. How to "Read" without "Reading" 19
3. The Nature of Spiritual Formation 25
II. Focal Perceptual Shifts
4. Various Words of God 33
5. Information Versus Formation 49
6. The Iconographic Nature of Scripture 65
7. Kairotic Existence 73
III. Focal Experiential Shifts
8. Functional-Relational Factors 85
9. Being and Doing 97
IV. The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation
10. Breaking the Crust 111
11. Wesley's Guidelines for Reading Scripture 123
12. Obstacles to Spiritual Reading 133
13. The Practice of Spiritual Reading 143
Appendix A Spiritual Formation and Psychology 165
Appendix B Excerpt from the Preface to Wesley's Notes on the Old Testament 171
Notes 173
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