The Kingdom Life, a review

The Kingdom Life edited by Alan Andrews explores the practical theology of spiritual formation.  It has contributions from multiple authors, including Dallas Willard. They (TACT) broke spiritual formation into two parts process and theological. The books begins with the seven process elements and concludes with the three theological elements.

I found most of the chapters/elements thoughtful and challenging. However, a few of them seemed to have too much overlap and relied too heavily on one source. Two recurring sources were Dallas Willard’s The Spirit of the Disciplines and Thomas á Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ. One or two chapters just seemed like the author’s take on these sources and had little of their own information. The authors also agreed not to give specific steps on spiritual formation because it will be different for every church and person however, I would have liked a few more examples than those given. Finally, I would have started with the theological elements first, especially with the Bible in Spiritual Formation, instead of it being the last chapter. To me it is better to start off biblically and then move from there. Despite these minor issues, I think a reader of this book will be challenged, the epilogue was especially challenging and helpful conclusion to this work.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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