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About the Author
M. Robert Mulholland Jr. (1936-2015) was emeritus professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and the author of several books, including Shaped by the Word, The Deeper Journey, Revelation and the landmark spiritual formation book Invitation to a Journey. He also served as pastor of Shirley Community Church in Shirley Mills, Maine. During his extensive academic career, Mulholland served as adjunct professor at the Academy for Spiritual Formation and taught at several seminaries and universities around the world, including Wesley Theological Seminary, Harvard University, McMurry University, Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary (Moscow, Russia), West Africa Theological Seminary (Lagos, Nigeria) and Baltic Mission Center Theological Seminary (Tallinn, Estonia). An elder in the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church, Mulholland was a frequent speaker at Bible and spiritual renewal conferences. He and his wife, Lynn, have two children.
Table of ContentsForeword by M. Robert Mulholland Jr. Preface 1. The True Self: Home Sweet Home 2. The False Self: Leaving Home 3. Coming Back Home: Breaking Free of the Pigpen 4. Graced Guilt: How Our Sin Can Bring Us Home 5. Present to the Presence: How Prayer Makes Us Prayerful 6. Penance: Preserving Relationships 7. Discernment: Becoming a Dream Keeper 8. The Spiritual Director: A Companion on the Journey Home 9. Continuing Home: The Ongoing Work of the Spirit Conclusion Appendix A: Designing a Rule of Life Appendix B: Finding a Spiritual Director Appendix C: Charts and Lists Notes
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