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Mansions of the Heart: Exploring the Seven Stages of Spiritual Growth

ISBN: 978-0-470-45472-5
304 pages
October 2009, Jossey-Bass
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A practical program for developing a deeper, more authentic relationship with God

Written for anyone who wants to develop a deeper more meaningful relationship with God, Mansions of the Heart offers a step-by-step guide through a spiritual formation road map based on Teresa of Avila's Seven Mansions. The book includes a Mapping Tool that will help you discern your place on your spiritual journey and offers church leaders a process for helping church members to grow into spiritual maturity.

  • Contains a spiritual program based on the writings of Teresa of Avila, one of Christianity's most profound and beloved mystical teachers Offers a complete, step-by-step program for spiritual growth
  • Includes information for leading others in their spiritual journeys
  • Appropriate for all kinds of Christians
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Table of Contents




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1 Is This All There Is?

2 Common Myths That Lead Down Dead-End Roads.

3 Your Journey into the Love of God.

4 New Beginnings: The First Mansion.

5 Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Second Mansion.

6 Following Jesus: The Third Mansion.

7 Discovering the Love of Jesus: The Fourth Mansion.

8 Longing for Oneness with God: The Fifth Mansion.

9 The Long Dark Corridor: The Dark Nights of the Soul.

10 The Passion of God's Love: The Sixth Mansion.

11 A Life of Love in the Trinity: The Seventh Mansion.

12 Your Unique Journey.

13 Spiritual Formation and the Church.

14 Our Call to Action.

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The Author.


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Author Information

R. THOMAS ASHBROOK is the director of spiritual formation for Church Resource Ministries and leads CRM's international spiritual formation ministry, Imago Christi. Imago Christi develops spiritual formation resources and coaches Christian leaders and churches. He provides spiritual direction and coaching for pastors and missionaries and leads retreats on prayer and spiritual growth. Dr. Ashbrook also served as adjunct faculty at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

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Press Release

September 28, 2009
MANSIONS OF THE HEART: Exploring the Seven Stages of Spiritual Growth

They’ve heard the message. They’ve been converted. They’ve joined a small group and started mission work. They’ve even read the Purpose Driven Life. But what happens now, after years of living faithfully, when Christians are still yearning to go deeper? While much of the current literature is adequate for new believers, there are few resources for mature Christians who desire to sustain their spiritual growth. Church leaders and their congregations alike would benefit from a concrete, programmatic, and authoritative model of how to grow a deep and meaningful relationship with God.

 In MANSIONS OF THE HEART: Exploring the Seven Stages of Spiritual Growth (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint; October 2009; 22.95 / Cloth; ISBN: 978-0-470-45472-5), R. Thomas Ashbrook offers a path to deeper discipleship. Using Teresa of Avila’s Seven Mansions, in which mansions represent different stages of development, Ashbrook mindfully draws upon ancient wisdom from this 16th century nun’s writings. With this wisdom as his model, he leads readers step-by-step through a restorative Spiritual Formation Roadmap. In addition to providing practical applications, such as a Mapping Tool that allows individuals to discern their place on the spiritual journey, he gives additional resources that church leaders can effectively use to help their members grown into spiritual maturity.

Christians of all kinds, from evangelicals to Catholics to mainline Protestants, will be able to appreciate the profound teachings of Teresa of Avila and the way in which Ashbrook so artfully adapts them into a complete program for spiritual growth.  MANSIONS OF THE HEART is a guide for any believer ready to take the next step on the spiritual journey.


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