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

ISBN: 978-0-470-53005-4
304 pages
September 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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Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

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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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Notes.

The Author.

Index.

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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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