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Dictionary of Christian Spirituality by Glen G. Scorgie general editor

“Two concepts of Christian spirituality-one narrow, the other holistic-now circulate. The narrow version is concerned with experiencing the presence, voice, and consolations of God in a direct, right here-and-now way……Holistic spirituality is about living all of life before God.” (Glen Scorgie, excerpt from chapter 1) Much of the Christian world in the past century seem to have been more concerned with the first (narrow) view to the neglect of the second (holistic) view. If you study Christian history, you will find an overall more balanced view. In recent years, Christians have shown an increased interest in the holistic approach as they want a deeper more substantial faith than that of their predecessors.

The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality will be a useful guide in understanding what shapes us as spiritual beings. This book has two main sections. The first section includes 34 articles written by various scholars discussing integrative perspectives. These include perspectives on spirituality in the scriptures, spirituality in history and how spirituality shapes how we function in the world around us. I have found these articles to be well written and instructive. The second section is a dictionary of ideas and people that have shaped Christian spirituality over the centuries. The entries are concise but thorough.

I have not had much time to spend with this book but the time I have spent in it has been intriguing and informative.  This promises to be a valuable reference tool for years to come. This book is cost efficient considering the scholarly research that  went into its making. The format is pleasing to the eyes and the cover is durable enough to last for many years. It also looks good on the shelf. Thank you Zondervan for this valuable addition to the growing discussion of Christian spirituality.

  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 16, 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310290667

This book was provided to me free of charge by the publisher for the purpose of review. 

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