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The Kingdom Life is for teachers, pastors, lay leaders, and every Christian seriously seeking a more integrated approach to spiritual formation.
For six years, spiritual formation leaders such as Dallas Willard, Bruce Demarest, and Bill Hull came together with other colleagues to create a collection of wisdom and honest personal revelation in the areas of discipleship and spiritual formation.
The result is The Kingdom Life, a book that offers a fresh approach to the spiritual disciplines through a three-pronged focus on transformation, community, and outreach.
Connect in a unique way with God and His kingdom by understanding how He sees grace and doctrine, brokenness and obedience, outreach and justice.
Includes seven highly practical “process” chapters as well as three theological chapters on the Trinity, the Scriptures, and the Holy Spirit.
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The Kingdom Life
This is a well-edited collection of thoughts about growing in spiritual maturity. It's split into two sections, practical and theology (in the wrong order in my opinion!), and it deals with literally every area of life.
This book is not for the faint-hearted, or the person looking for a light read! I read quite fast but the sheer weight of content here forced me to have to take rests, in a good way. An enormous amount of rich biblical truth, accurately applied to true observations of society is compressed so tightly that if your brain doesn't melt, your heart will.
Genuinely, this book has changed the way I see Christianity. It is heavy but it's not complex so I've been easily able to see how to apply it - be ready to be challenged! Particular sections that hit home were about the doctrine of the trinity, living one holistic life, and Peggy Reynoso's excellent chapter on suffering.
I'd only have one gripe with this book, and that's the fact that every author quotes from Dallas Willard! It gets annoying after the first couple of times, particularly as I found the chapter he wrote simply baffling until I re-read it after finishing the whole book!
Seriously though, I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone, particularly if they have any level of influence whatsoever in their local church. I'm sure I don't agree with everything written in it but it's overwhelmingly excellent, and I don't use those words together very often.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
7/26/2010 5:17:30 AM
Spiritual Formation Keeper
It is a pleasure to find a book on spiritual formation that does not wander aimlessly in philosophy and mysticism. NavPress has assembled ten essays (the cumulative result of the Theological and Cultural Thinkers Group) geared toward living the kingdom life in the everyday world. The book is subtitled A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation, and to this end it generally holds true.
The book is divided into two major sections, process and theology, each having elaboration on specific elements of spiritual formation: community, commitment, conforming and transforming, work of the Holy Spirit, primacy of scripture, etc. A different author elaborates on each element, giving a broad and practical background to the subject as a whole.
A weakness of this book is the first process chapter by Dallas Willard. In trying to explain the necessity to enter into the kingdom life, the author enters overly subjective waters as he is want to do. Another is the chapter on missions by Paula Fuller who interjects racial reconciliation into the subject of missions leading the reader in an unnecessary direction to build her case. In spite of these, the book is a good resource for understanding how and why the believer seeks to be built up in Christ.
7/12/2010 10:01:38 PM
The Kingdom Life
"The Kingdom Life" breaks down spiritual formation into two elements. Process and theological.
Process is covered in the first seven chapters,with theological covered in the final three chapters. Each chapter is wrapped up with some very thought provoking questions. At the end of each chapter you are also given information for further reading and studying the subjects covered.
The forward written by Rick Warren was a great addition to this book. His simplistic answers to some very basic questions were helpful for me.
Overall this isn't a book you would pick up and read in a day. I think it is meant to be digested slowly so that we can get a true understanding of what we are being taught. This is an amazing book that can show us what we must do if we truly want to live our lives for the glory of God.
7/1/2010 5:26:53 PM
The Kingdom Life
I can't wait to begin discussion of this book with my son and two other young men on our church staff. One has finished seminary recently and the other two are in their second year. All three hope to start new churches in large metro areas. I have read from Bill Hull of his involvement in TACT for years now. For the past 8 years, I have studied his work and every thing Dallas Willard has produced and passed them on to everyone who will listen. We have also been discussing N.T. Wright's body of work. I can honestly say I believe that The Kingdom Life will be a wonderful aid for all of us as we look to tell the whole Gospel message in today's culture. I look forward to what comes next from TACT and NavPress regarding Advancing the Gospel in and through today's spiritual generations. Thanks for your efforts in His Kingdom. In Christ, Dick Ballard
3/17/2010 1:18:33 PM