Taught by God: Teaching and Spiritual Formation

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Overview

The history of the Christian spiritual life suggests that those who truly teach the spiritual life have been themselves "taught by God." The phrase "taught by God" occurs in Christian writings across several centuries. This book draws on the teachers and teaching models that animate Christian history, bringing it into conversation with the issues and concerns of contemporary teachers and learners who seek to follow Christ. The authors contend that the various strands of the Christian spiritual and mystical tradition provide continuing guidance for Christian teachers in the cultivation of their own spiritual lives and the lives of their students. They order this book around four aspects of Christian educational ministries: the identity of the teacher, contexts in which we teach, models for teaching, and evaluation of teaching. Readers are invited to look at the world of teaching through multiple sides of a prism, refracting differently with each effort, drawing the eye toward a variety of subtle nuance, and inviting varied interpretations of the subject we see. Each chapter focuses on particular spiritual teachers (Francis de Sales, Catherine of Siena, Søren Kierkegaard), practices (monastic rules, spiritual direction, examination of conscience), and images (pilgrimage, imitation, apprenticeship) as exemplars of or frameworks for teaching and spiritual formation in the church today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827236493
  • Publisher: Chalice Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,307,773
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Marie Yust is associate professor of Christian Education at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. A prolific writer of books, articles, and scholarly papers, Yust's books include Real Kids, Real Faith: A Practice of Nurturing Children's Spiritual Lives (Jossey-Bass, 2004) and Attentive to God: Spirituality in the Church Committee (Chalice Press, 2001). She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with dual standing in the United Church of Christ. She has been certified as a specialist in Christian education by the United Church of Christ.

E. Byron Anderson is Styberg Associate Professor of Worship and Music Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

E. Byron Anderson is Styberg Associate Professor of Worship and Music Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Karen Marie Yust is associate professor of Christian Education at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. A prolific writer of books, articles, and scholarly papers, Yust's books include Real Kids, Real Faith: A Practice of Nurturing Children's Spiritual Lives (Jossey-Bass, 2004) and Attentive to God: Spirituality in the Church Committee (Chalice Press, 2001). She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with dual standing in the United Church of Christ. She has been certified as a specialist in Christian education by the United Church of Christ.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : something old, something new 1
1 The spititual leader as Christian teacher 9
2 Teaching from a life of prayer 19
3 Life together as teacher and learner 30
4 The contemporary search for spirituality 43
5 Modes of teaching the spiritual life 56
6 Images of the Christian spiritual life 77
7 The rule as teacher 95
8 The way of return as discipleship method 111
9 The cultivation of spiritual knowledge and wisdom 125
10 Examination of conscience as evaluative practice 141
11 Overcoming obstacles to teaching well 152
Postscript : something new, something old 163
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