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Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Building on the principals in his first work, Emotionally Healthy Church, Peter Scazzero continues to integrate the Christian's spiritual and emotional lives. He examines the connection between emotional health and many classic spiritual disciplines and draws the reader into deeper understanding of the human heart, the difficulties life can bring, and the wisdom of both history and the present for living well with Christ and others. Purchase on Amazon

Slow Church

Excerpt from a review by ESDA Member Andrew Camp: "How do we start moving away from the McDonaldization that pervades so much of our culture and church? What Smith and Pattison advocate is not just a completely different mindset, but a completely different soulset. In other words, hospitality, breaking bread together, taking the time to savor what God is already doing in our midst and joining with Him as He seeks to inaugurate His Kingdom in our church and in our neighborhood." Read Full Review Purchase on Amazon

Prayer

Best-selling author Richard J. Foster offers a warm, compelling, and sensitive primer on prayer, helping us to understand, experience, and practice it in its many forms-from the simple prayer of beginning again to unceasing prayer. He clarifies the prayer process, answers common misconceptions, and shows the way into prayers of contemplation, healing, blessing, forgiveness, and rest. Purchase on Amazon

Seeking God Together

Out of her years of being both director and directee, Fryling offers practical, step-by-step guidance for those who would like to start, lead, or participate in group spiritual direction. Her book will help you know what to expect and fully equip you for the different aspects of the group experience, including learning to listen to God, using Scripture in a group, navigating different personalities, setting group expectations, and asking life-giving questions. Purchase on Amazon

The Art of Pastoring

In The Art of Pastoring, David Hansen turns pastoral self-help programs on their heads. He tackles the perennial questions from within his own experience. Hansen's goal is to help you discover "that pastoral ministry is a life, not a technology ... [that] life as a pastor is far more than the sum of the tasks I carry out. It is a call from God that involves my whole life." Purchase on Amazon

Wasting Time with God

Beginning with the supposition that God desires friendship with us, Klaus Issler encourages us to consider seven character traits and to develop their companion disciplines: friendship, humility, faith, commitment, communication, apprenticeship and partnership. Here is a full-orbed model of Christian spirituality that will be of lasting value. Purchase on Amazon

Water from a Deep Well

In Water from a Deep Well, Gerald Sittser opens to us the rich history of spirituality, letting us gaze at the practices and stories of believers from the past who had the same thirst for God that we do today. As we see their deep faith through his vibrant narratives, we may discover that old ways can bring new life to our own spirituality. Purchase on Amazon

Authentic Faith

Bestselling author Gary Thomas reveals the rich benefits that derive from embracing the harder truths of Scripture. With penetrating insight from Scripture and the Christian classics, along with colorful and engaging stories, this eye-opening look at what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus will encourage you, bolster your faith, and help you rise above shallow attachments to fix your heart on things of eternal worth. Purchase on Amazon

God's Pursuit of Man

Tozer's profound "prequel" to The Pursuit of God. Written two years after the publication of The Pursuit of God, Tozer's God's Pursuit of Man speaks fervently of God's desire for man to be saved and the action He takes as He "invades" the human soul Purchase on Amazon

The Pursuit of God

A.W. Tozer's classic Christian work covers: following hard after God, the blessedness of possessing nothing, removing the veil, apprehending God, the universal Presence, the speaking Voice, the gaze of the soul, restoring the Creator-creature relation, meekness and rest, and the sacrament of living. Purchase on Amazon

The Divine Conspiracy

The Divine Conspiracy is a moving and penetrating exploration of human existance and human nature. It considers in a fresh way the abiding truths of judgement and grace and what he memorably calls 'theologies of sin management'. All this is set against a backdrop of modern materialism. Purchase on Amazon