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Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Handbooks of Christian Spirituality
- Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality. Arthur G. Holder, ed. Blackwell, 2005.
- Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Performance. Robert A. Giacalone, Carole L. Jurkiewicz, eds. M.E. Sharpe, 2005.
- Handbook of Spirituality for Ministers: Perspectives for the 21st Century. Robert J. Wicks, ed. Paulist, 2000.
- Bradshaw, Paul F. New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship. Westminster John Knox Press, 2002 (see also SCM Copy).
- New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Philip Sheldrake, ed. Westminster John Knox, 2005
- SCM Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Gordon S. Wakefield. SCM, 2003. Mirror copy: The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Westminster John Knox, 1983.
- Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform us. Adele Ahlberg Calhoun. InterVarsity, 2006.
Keeping a Spiritual Journal
- Budd, Luann. Journal Keeping: Writing for Spiritual Growth. InterVarsity, 2001.
- Hauser, Richard J. Keeping a Spiritual Journal, Moving in the Spirit: Becoming a Contemplative in Action. Paulist Press, 1986 (ch. V).
- Klug, Ron. How to Keep a Spiritual Journal: A Guide to Journal Keeping for Inner Growth and Personal Discovery. 2nd ed. Augsburg, 2002.
- Shaw, Luci. Life Path: Personal and Spiritual Growth Through Journal Writing. Regent College, 2004.
- Stockton, Sarah. A Pen and a Path: Writing as a Spiritual Practice. Morehouse, 2005.
Lectio Divina: The Art of Spiritual (Contemplative) Reading
- Hall, Thelma. Too Deep for Words: Rediscovering Lectio Divina. Paulist, 1988.
- Foster, David. Reading with God: Lectio Divina. Continuum, 2005.
Peterson, Eugene H. Eat this Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading. Eerdmans, 2006.
- Barth, Karl. Prayer. 50th Anniv. Ed. Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.
- Boers, Arthur P. The Rhythm of God's Grace: Uncovering Morning and Evening Hours of Prayer. Paraclete, 2003.
- Grenz ,Stanley J. Prayer: The Cry for the Kingdom. Revised. Eerdmans, 2005 (see also other edition).
- Johnson, Jan. Prayer & Listening: 6 Studies with Notes for Leaders. InterVarsity, 2003.
- Raab, Christian, et al. The Tradition of Catholic Prayer: The Monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. Liturgical, 2007.
- Yancey, Philip. Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? Zondervan, 2006.
- (Note: see other volumes on this page for chapters on prayer)
- Bloesch, Donald G. Spirituality Old & New: Recovering Authentic Spiritual Life. InterVarsity, 2007.
- Cunningham, Lawrence and Keith J. Egan. Christian Spirituality: Themes from the Tradition Paulist, 1996.
- Downey, Michael. Understanding Christian Spirituality. Paulist Press, 1997.
- Dreyer, Elizabeth D., and Mark S. Burrows, eds. Minding the Spirit: The Study of Christian Spirituality. JHU Press, 2005.
- McGrath, Alister. Christian Spirituality: An Introduction. Blackwell, 1999.
- Pagitt, Doug. Reimagining Spiritual Formation: A Week in the Life of an Experimental Church. Zondervan, 2004; also: Church Re-imagined: The Spiritual Formation of People in Communities of Faith. Zondervan, 2005.
- Perrin, David Brian. Studying Christian Spirituality. Routledge, 2007.
- Smith, Karen. Christian Spirituality. SCM-Canterbury, 2007.
History of Christian Spirituality
- McGinn, Bernard and John Meyendorff, eds.Christian Spirituality: Origins to the Twelfth Century; Christian Spirituality: High Middle Ages and Reformation. Jill Raitt, Taylor & Francis, 1987.
- Aumann, Jordan. Christian Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition. 2nd ed. Ignatius, 1985.
- Holt, Bradley P. Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality. 2nd ed. Fortress, 2005.
- Jones, Paul W. Trumpet at Full Moon: An Introduction to Christian Spirituality As Diverse Practice. Westminster John Knox, 1992.
- Lane, George. Christian Spirituality: A Historical Sketch. Loyola Press, 2005.
- Mursell, Gordon, ed. The Story of Christian Spirituality: Two Thousand Years, from East to West. Fortress, 2001; also Mursell, English Spirituality: From 1700 to the Present. Westminster John Knox, 2001.
- Sheldrake, Philip. A Brief History of Spirituality. Blackwell, 2007.
Classic Texts in Christian Spirituality
- (For a brief guide, Peterson, Eugene H. Take and Read: Spiritual Reading : an Annotated List. Eerdmans, 1996).
- Kannengiesser, Charles. Early Christian Spirituality. Augsburg, 1986.
- See the many volumes of primary sources: Classics of Western Spirituality by Paulist Press.
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"Contemporary Classics" in Christian Spirituality
- Merton, Thomas. The Ascent to Truth. Continuum, 1976.
- Peterson, Eugene H. Subversive Spirituality. Eerdmans, 1997; Eat this Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading Eerdmans, 2006; Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology. Eerdmans, 2005. The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way. Eerdmans, 2007.
- Thompson, Marjorie. Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life. Westminster John Knox, 1995.
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Other Texts in Spirituality
- Alexander, Donald, ed. Christian Spirituality: Five Views of Sanctification. By Way of the Heart: Toward a Holistic Christian Spirituality. Paulist, 1990.
- Barton, Ruth Haley. Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presence. InterVarsity, 2004; also Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation. InterVarsity, 2006.
- Boa, Kenneth. Conformed to His Image: Biblical and Practical Approaches to Spiritual Formation. Zondervan, 2001.
- Harris, John Glyndwr. Christian Theology: The Spiritual Tradition. Sussex Academic, 2001.
- Carlson, Gregory et al. Perspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation: Four Views. B&H, 2007.
- Dorr, Dona. Faith at Work: A Spirituality of Leadership. Liturgical, 2007.
- Fides, Paul. Under the Rule of Christ: Dimensions of Baptist Spirituality. Smyth & Helwys, 2007.
- Hammett, Edward H. Reframing Spiritual Formation: Discipleship in an Unchurched Culture. Smyth & Helwys Publishing, 2002.
- Issler, Klaus. Wasting Time with God: A Christian Spirituality of Friendship with God. InterVarsity, 2001.
- Hanson, Bradley. A Graceful Life: Lutheran Spirituality for Today. Augsburg, 1999.
- Hope, Sue. Mission-shaped Spirituality: The Transforming Power of Mission. Church House Publishing, 2006.
- Jones, Tony. The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life. Zondervan, 2005.
- Leonard, Bill J. Becoming Christian: Dimensions of Spiritual Formation. Westminster John Knox, 1990.
- Millar, Peter. An Iona Prayer Book. SCM-Canterbury, 1998.
- Moine de l'Eglise d'Orient. Orthodox Spirituality: An Outline of the Orthodox Ascetical and Mystical Tradition. St Vladimir's Seminary, 1996.
- Mulholland, M. Robert. Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation. InterVarsity, 1993; The Deeper Journey: The Spirituality of Discovering Your True Self. InterVarsity, 2006.
- Muldoon, Tim. The Ignatian Workout: Daily Spiritual Exercises for a Healthy Faith. Loyola, 2004.
- Pettit, Paul, ed. Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ. Kregel, 2008.
- Rice, Howard L. Reformed Spirituality: An Introduction for Believers. Westminster John Knox, 1991.
- Springsted, Eric O. Spirituality and Theology: Essays in Honor of Diogenes Allen. Westminster John Knox, 1998.
Spirituality and Social Justice
- Battle, Michael. Blessed are the Peacemakers: A Christian Spirituality of Nonviolence. Mercer University Press, 2004.
- Campolo, Tony and Mary Albert Darling. The God of Intimacy and Action: Reconnecting Ancient Spiritual Practices, Evangelism, and Justice. Wiley, 2007.
- Hart, Lawrence D. Hell's Abyss, Heaven's Grace: War and Christian Spirituality. Cowley, 2006.
- Jones,L. Gregory and James Joseph Buckley. Spirituality and Social Embodiment. Blackwell, 1997.
- Weaver-Zercher, David and William H. Willimon, eds. Vital Christianity: Reconnecting Spirituality and Social Justice. Continuum, 2005.
Spiritual Direction, Friendship and Mentoring
- Anderson, Keith and Randy D. Reese. Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction. InterVarsity, 1999.
- Benedict, Benedictus Nursinus. The Benedictine Handbook. SCM-Canterbury, 2003; see also Wil Derkse, The Rule of Benedict for Beginners: Spirituality for Daily Life. M. Kessler, trans. Liturgical, 2003.
- Benner, David G.B. Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction. InterVarsity, 2004.
- Bidwell, Duane R. Short-Term Spiritual Guidance: A Contemporary Approach to a Classic Discipline, Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling. Fortress, 2004.
- Boers, Arthur P. The Way Is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago. InterVarsity, 2007.
- Caliguire, Mindy. Spiritual Friendship. InterVarsity, 2007.
- Dougherty, Rose Mary. Group Spiritual Direction: Community for Discernment. Paulist, 1995.
- Edwards, Tilden. Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion: Guide to Tending the Soul. Paulist, 2001; also Spiritual Friend: Reclaiming the Gift of Spiritual Direction. Paulist, 1980.
- Fischer, Kathleen R. Women at the Well: Feminist Perspectives on Spiritual Direction. Paulist, 1988.
- Fraser, Dahlia. Spiritual Direction - A Brief Introduction (Tyndale, 2008)
- Land, Steven Jack. Pentecostal Spirituality: A Passion for the Kingdom. Continuum, 1993.
- Leech, Kenneth. Soul Friend: Spiritual Direction in the Modern World. Morehouse, 2001.
- Merton, Thomas. Spiritual Direction and Meditation. Liturgical, 1960.
- Michael, Chester P. An Introduction to Spiritual Direction: A Psychological Approach for Directors and Directees. Paulist, 2003.
- Moon, Gary W. David G. Benner. Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls: A Guide to Christian Approaches and Practices. InterVarsity, 2004.
- Nemeck, Francis Kelly and M.T. Coombs. The Way of Spiritual Direction. Liturgical, 1993.
- Peterson, Eugene H. Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness. Eerdmans, 1994.
- Reiser, William E. Seeking God in All Things: Theology and Spiritual Direction. Liturgical, 2004.
- Ruffing, Janet. Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings. Paulist, 2000.
- Stairs, Jean. Listening for the Soul: Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction. Fortress, 2000.
- Vest, Norvene, ed. Still Listening: New Horizons in Spiritual Direction. Morehouse Publishing, 2000.
- Zimmerling, Peter. Evangelische Spiritualität: Wurzeln und Zugänge. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2003.
Christian Spirituality Webpages
- Toward a Definition of Spiritual Formation (J. Greenman and D. Goertz)
- Spirituality -Theology Library, Spring Hill College (Jesuits)
- Internet Theology Resources: Spirituality
- Sites Devoted to Christian Spirituality
- Christian Spirituality (online resources)
- On-line Resources to Medieval Spirituality
- Spiritual Formation Resources, Theooze.com
- Spiritual Formation and Direction
- Spirituality and Faith Resources
- Missional Spirituality
- Early Church Fathers
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library
- Renovaré - Richard Foster et al
- The Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collection (University of St. Micheal's College, Toronto)
- Spiritual Formation Links (Wheaton College)
- Taizé Community
- Northumbria Community (New Monasticism)
- Dallas Willard - Articles
- Who's Who in Western Mysticism
- Conversations: Forum for Authentic Transformation
- Liturgy of the Hours/Divine Office/Breviary
- The Making of The Christian: Christianity Today interview with Richard Foster and Dallas Willard on the Difference between Spiritual Formation and Discipleship.
- Mother Teresa's Crisis of Faith", Time, August 23, 2007 (Print version - Canadian edition, Sept 3, 2007).
Tyndale's Spiritual Formation Programs