Suggested Reading For Leaders: Spiritual Formation

  • The Messy Quest for Meaning: Five Catholic Practices for Finding Your Vocation

“Drawing on lessons learned from Catholic monks and saints as well as his own experience, Stephen Martin has crafted five unique practices to help Catholics and other seekers grapple with life’s truly important questions and discover their calling in the world.”  (reposted from amazon.com)

  • Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit

    “The first book in the series, Spiritual Direction, introduced readers to Nouwen’s core concepts and how to live the questions of the spiritual life. Now Spiritual Formation reveals Nouwen’s sage advice on how to live out the five classical stages of spiritual development. Featuring a unique visio divina to help guide and focus prayer, this volume reveals Nouwen’s unparalleled wisdom on how to move from the mind to the heart and live there in the center—the place where God dwells.”  (reposted from amazon.com)

  • The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society
    • by Henri Nouwen

    “The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective.”  (reposted from amazon.com)

  • What Is Ignatian Spirituality?

    “In What Is Ignatian Spirituality?,David L. Fleming, SJ, provides an authoritative yet highly accessible summary of the key elements of Ignatian spirituality, among which are contemplative prayer, discernment, and dynamic involvement in service and mission. In twenty concise chapters, Fr. Fleming explains how this centuries-old method of disciplined reflection on God’s work in the world can deepen our spiritual lives today and guide all the decisions we make.”  (reposted from amazon.com)

  • Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius
    • by St.Ignatius of Loyola translated by Anthony Mottola
    • (link to amazon)

    “Written in 1533, this masterpiece by St. Ignatius has long been recognized as a brilliant and inspired guide to the development of a deeper spirituality.”  (reposted from amazon.com)

  • Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day

    “Using scripture, poetry, reflections, personal stories, and quotes from a rich array of spiritual teachers for many religions, Wiederkehr helps readers become more attuned to living in the present moment and develop a kindred spirit with the rich tradition of the sacred hours. Seven Sacred Pauses is a wonderful gift to those who seek to find balance in their busy days and to bring the practice of the Divine Hours home to their own hearts.”  (reposted from amazon.com)

  • New Seeds of Contemplation

    “New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives.”  (reposted from amazon.com)

  • The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life 

    “In The Sacred Way, popular author and speaker Tony Jones mines the rich history of 16 spiritual disciplines that have flourished throughout the ages and offers practical tips for implementing them in your daily life.”  (reposted from amazon.com)

  • The Active Life

    “The Active Life is Parker J. Palmer’s deep and graceful exploration of a spirituality for the busy, sometimes frenetic lives many of us lead. Telling evocative stories from a variety of religious traditions, including Taoist, Jewish, and Christian, Palmer shows that the spiritual life does not mean abandoning the world but engaging it more deeply through life-giving action.”  (reposted from amazon.com)

“In A Hidden Wholeness, Parker Palmer reveals the same compassionate intelligence and informed heart that shaped his best-selling books Let Your Life Speak and The Courage to Teach. Here he speaks to our yearning to live undivided lives—lives that are congruent with our inner truth—in a world filled with the forces of fragmentation.”  (reposted from amazon.com)

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