Here is a selected list of some of the contemporary texts I’ve been revisiting . . . what text or texts would you recommend for a theology of spiritual formation:
A Monk of the Eastern Church. Orthodox Spirituality, Second Edition. London, UK: William Clowes & Sons Limited, 1978.
Alexander, Donald L. Christian Spirituality: Five Views of Sanctification. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1988.
Allen, Diogenes. Spiritual Theology: The Theology of Yesterday for Spiritual Help Today. Cowley Publications, 1997.
Astley, Jeff et al. Theological Perspectives on Christian Formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans 1996.
________. Christian Perspective on Faith Development. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1992.
Barth, Karl. “The Christian Life” in Church Dogmatics IV/4. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1981.
Berry, Wendall. What are People For? San Francisco: CA: North Point Press, 1990.
Blazer, Doria. Faith Development in Early Childhood. Kansas: Sheed & Ward, 1989.
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich Life Together. San Francisco: Harper and Row Publishers. 1954.
Chan, Simon. Spiritual Theology: A Systematic Study of the Christian Life. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1998.
Charry, Ellen T. By the Renewing of Your Minds: The Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Coles, Robert. The Spiritual Life of Children. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin
Conde-Frazier, Elizabeth, S. Steve Kang, and Gary A. Parrett. A Many Colored Kingdom: Multicultural Dynamics for Spiritual Formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004.
Dupre, Louis. The Deeper Life: An Introduction to Christian Mysticism. New York, NY: Crossroad, 1981.
Fischer, Kathleen. Women at the Well. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1988.
Foley, Kathleen, and Peggy O’Leary, editors. Focus on Theology: An Adult Faith-Formation Discussion Program. Liturgical Press, 1999.
Foster, Richard J. Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.
________. Celebration of Discipline. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1978.
Halverson, Richard C. Christian Maturity. Los Angeles, CA: Cowman Publications, 1956.
Hollyday, Joyce. Then Shall Your Light Rise: Spiritual Formation and Social Witness. Upper Room Books, 1997.
Johnson, Ben Campbell, and Andrew Dreitcer. Beyond the Ordinary: Spirituality for Church Leaders. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2001.
Johnson, Susanne. Christian Spiritual Formation in the Classroom. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1989.
Lawrenz. Mel. The Dynamics of Spiritual Formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000.
Lefevre, Perry D., editor. Prayers of Kierkegaard. Chicago IL: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
Loder, James E. Transformational Moments: Colorado Springs, CO: Helmers & Howard, 1992.
Loder, James E., and W. Jim Neidhardt. The Knight’s Move: The Relational Logic of the Spirit in Theology and Science. Colorado Springs, CO: Helmers & Howard, 1992.
Lovelace, Richard J. Dynamics of Spiritual Life. Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 1979.
Lugenbell, Barbara Derrick. Your Spiritual Growth. Wilson: Morehouse Barlow, 1985.
Maloney, H. Newton. Wholeness and Holiness. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1983
Moberg, David O. Wholistic Christianity. Elgin: Brethren Press, 1985.
Mulholland, M. Robert Jr. Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarisity Press, 1993.
Nouwen, Henri J. M. Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life. New York: Doubleday, 1975. ISBN: 0-385-23682-4
Pagitt, Doug. Reimagining Spiritual Formation: A Week in the Life of an Experimental Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.
Palmer, Parker J. To Know as We Are Known: A Spirituality of Education. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1983.
Patterson, Richard. Growing Toward Spiritual Maturity. Wheaton, IL: ETTA, 1988.
Peck, M. Scott. The Road Less Traveled. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1978.
Peterson, Eugene H. Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2005.
________. Eat this Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2006.
Powell, Samuel M. Embodied Holiness: Toward a Corporate Theology of Spiritual Growth. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999.
Rice, Howard The Pastor as Spiritual Guide. Nashville: Upper Room Books, 1998.
Richards, Larry A Practical Theology of Spirituality. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1987.
Roberts, Robert C. Spirituality and Human Emotion. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1982.
Rolheiser, Ronald. The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality. New York, NY: Doubleday, 1999.
Sinetar, Marsha. Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics: Lifestyles for Self-Discovery. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 1986.
Steele, Les L. On the Way: A Practical Theology of Christian Formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1990.
Von Balthasar, Hans Urs. Prayer. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 1963.
Webster, Douglas D. Soulcraft: How God Shapes Us Through Relationships. Downers Grove, IL: InterVaristy Press, 1999.
Willard, Dallas. The Divine Conspiracy: Discovering our Hidden Life in God. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1998.
________. Spirit of the Disciplines. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1998.
Williams, Rowan. Christian Spirituality. Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, 1979.