Item description for Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation by M. Robert Mulholland...
Overview This book explores the role that scripture plays in spiritual formation. Mulholland examines obstacles often encountered in spiritual reading and introduces a new approach to reading that will enliven the scriptures. He also compares informational reading (reading to be informed) with formational reading (reading to be spiritually formed). Readers are released to God's initiative, allowing the scripture to form a spiritual life inside themselves.
Publishers Description Many people buy and read the Bible for the sake of gaining information, Robert Mulholland believes that people can read the Bible not only for information, but for formation. In this completely revised version of an Upper Room best-selling classic, Mulholland invites readers to embrace scripture in a new and more fulfilling way, letting the biblical text form our spiritual life. Mulholland's biggest hope is that people will begin to open themselves so they may regularly encounter God in reading the Bible.
Dr. Mulholland examines the obstacles often encountered in spiritual reading. These obstacles include the attitudes that we bring to reading the Bible -- our view of self, our view of the Bible, our relationships with others. As Mulholland writes about these obstacles, he offers a gentle pastoral voice that guides the reader to meet God anew. Readers will grow spiritually as they read and digest Mulholland's insights into the ways we meet God in scripture.
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Studio: Upper Room
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2001
Publisher Upper Room Books
ISBN 0835809366 ISBN13 9780835809368
Reviews - What do customers think about Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation?
Must Read Sep 15, 2007
This book is life changing... It transformed the way I read the Bible and the way God speaks to me.
Great introduction to Spiritual Reading Mar 22, 2007
I've had this book for years and read it for the first time several years ago. It helped me begin to read the Bible formationally, and this practice felt like "coming home". I read it again recently, and it was just as fresh, and as with good writing, I noticed things I had completely missed the first time.
This is an excellent read for understanding formational reading, and a much needed correction for our information only culture. And contrary to what some might think, he is not advocating that you check your brain at the door and never read for information. Rather he is teaching something that we moderns have lost - the understanding that we are to soak in the Scripture, taste it, eat it (like John in the book of Revelation). The idea is that in order to be formed in the image of Christ, we need to read with a different goal than most of us have been taught.
Buy it and read it! Enjoy the way it transforms your connection with Scripture.
A Helpful Way to Think about Spiritual Formation Nov 9, 2006
Mulholland's text is a very readable and approachable primer about using scripture for spiritual formation. One of the things I especially appreciated was his definition of spiritual formation that formed the foundation for his text. He refutes those who want to use scripture or any 'technique' to become more spiritual for their own sakes. Mulholland points the reader to a focus outside of themselves. He maintains that spiritual transformation must be for the sake of others and not ourselves.
Offers needed medicine to our souls Aug 17, 2004
Quite rich - I just finished reading this book twice in the last week. A few chapters are a little dry in the middle, but otherwise a very fabulous work that completely overshadows the two tedious chapters; where he is laying some ground work.
A very well-explained description of spiritual formation and description of spiritual disciplines. The chapter on doing/being as it relates to disciplines is worth the price of the book alone.
In addition, it is very applicational for the reader (although he describes a couple of instances in his journey, I would have liked to see more of his own personal learning added).
In my opinion this book (originally written in 1985) is "way ahead of its time" in bridging mainline, mystical, and evangelical thought - although it never makes those distinctives.
I would say that perhaps he slightly over-emphasizes the formational (vs informational) but I would also add this very important point: that it is this exact over-emphasis that is a needed corrective to the balance of our day for most people.
For me this what a provoking book to my spiritual journey. I am very thankful - there are about a dozen different passages that struck me.
In an ever-increasingly information-saturated world; this book offers needed medicine to our souls.
Read it again Apr 10, 2004
I came to this book with the advantage of having sat under Dr. Mulholland in 4-5 courses including 2 on Biblical exegesis. The title of this book "Shaped by the Word", is 100% representative of his view of scripture. Mulholland very effectively teaches us that we should approach the scriptures with our hearts and our minds full expecting to be shaped by the work of God through His Word. Mulholland effectively communicates to us that when we always lead our study of scripture with reason our hearts will not be formed as God intends.