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Journey Resources

17 January, 2004 10:40 AM

At Soul Survivor tomorrow I'm talking about the 3 Journeys of the Livingroom.

I want to give those attending some starting points and resources for thinking about their faith in these three areas. These are the books and resources I've come up with off the top of my head on each journey. I'll be giving out this link tomorrow at SS.

Please leave your suggested additions (and which journey they fit best into) to the list in comments and I'll add them (NB I'm trying to develop a list that will not only help mature and older Christians but young ones too - anything you can suggest will be very helpful).

Inner Journey - Connecting with God
- Examen of Consciousness - Ancient reflective exercise.
- Lectio Divina - Ancient way of praying through Scripture.
- SOAP Life Journalling - A more modern way of meditating upon Scripture.
- The Spirit of the Disciplines - By Dallas Willard - is good on all three journeys.
- Streams of Living Water - a good book on holistic spirituality which picks up on all three journeys.
- Prayer by Richard Foster
- Imitation of Christ - by Thomas Kempis
- Labyrinth Australia - Labrynth UK - Good for all journeys
- Cultivating a Heart for God - Neil Cole

Outer Journey - Connecting with the World
- Ignition - a 12 week missional exploration of Acts for small groups.
- The Shaping of Things to Come by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost. How to grow missional communities.
- Eyes Wide Open - Michael Frost
- Say to this Mountain - by Ched Meyers

Together Journey - Connecting with one another
- Renovare - small groups meeting together for prayer, sharing and accountability.
- Connecting by Larry Crabb
- Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction - by David G. Benner, Larry Crab - Spiritual Direction together. Picks up all three journeys. (suggested by Hamo
- Finding a Spiritual Friend - by Timothy Jones- How Friends and Mentors Can Make Your Faith Grow. (suggested by Paul
- Soulcraft - by Douglas Webster - How God Shapes Us Through Relationships. (suggested by Paul
- The Wisdom of Each Other - by Eugene Peterson



Very good Darren. You're developing some really useful ways of resourcing church. I love SOAP. A good book on "friendship" (journeying together)is "Finding a Spiritual Friend" by Timothy Jones. Also "Soulcraft" by Douglas Webster.

Paul » 17 January, 2004 11:12 AM

On similar lines Sacred Companionship by David Benner is excellent - easy read, but great stuff on spiritual formation and spirutal direction

hamo » 17 January, 2004 11:23 AM

Sounds like the Spirituality and Mission class I took at Fuller!

jenn » 18 January, 2004 2:38 AM

For the inner journey, consider reading Imitation of Christ (Thomas a Kempis), a chapter or two per day.

kevin » 18 January, 2004 6:46 AM

Hamo, thanks for reminding me of Benner's book - it's a goodie too. Eugene Peterson's little gem, "The Wisdom of Each Other" is a book I try and re-read, reflect on each year - soaking into a conversation between friends, learning the language of friendship.
In terms of "Outer Journey," Michael Frost's "Eyes Wide Open" is good, especially as it comes out of an Aussie context.Also Ched Myers, "Say To This Mountain." Also, a subscription to Aussie journal, ZADOK Perspectives.

Paul » 18 January, 2004 11:39 AM

I'll show my hideous bias and recommend, as an activity, the Labyrinth. Focuses on those various topics of journeying inward, outward, and together...

www.labyrinth.org.uk and of course http://labyrinthaustralia.blogspot.com

eddie » 19 January, 2004 3:27 PM

Also I have found 'Cultivating a Heart for God' by Neil Cole to be an excellent resource.

Craig » 19 January, 2004 5:16 PM

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