Spiritual Formation Bibliography -- By: Jerry R. Flora

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 29:0 (NA 1997)
Article: Spiritual Formation Bibliography
Author: Jerry R. Flora

Spiritual Formation Bibliography

Jerry R. Flora

Jerry Flora (Th.D. - Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Professor of New Testament Theology and Spiritual Formation at ATS. This list, was inadvertently omitted to the annotated bibliography published in the Journal last year.

Classics of Western Spirituality. 1978-. 85 vols. to date. New York: Paulist Press.

About 60 volumes of this premier collection are Christian authors (Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant). All volumes are paperback and have excellent introductions.

Christian Heritage Classics. 1983–91. Ed. by Sherwood Eliot Wirt. 4 vols. Wheaton: Crossway Books/Good News Publishers.

This selection covers the 17th-20th centuries and includes evangelical Protestant writers as well as Catholics.

Muto, Susan A. 1994. A Practical Guide to Spiritual Reading. Rev. ed. Pertersham, MA: St. Bede’s Publications.

How to read the classics of Christian literature together with several reading plans to follow.

Basic Reference Works

Jones, Cheslyn; Geoffrey Wainwright; and Edward Yarnold, eds. 1986. The Study of Spirituality. New York: Oxford University Press.

Over 600 pages, each chapter by a recognized expert. The best one-volume reference work in the field. Indispensable.

Wakefield, Gordon, ed. 1983. The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Philadelphia: Westminster Press.

A serviceable reference work of good quality, but not so extensive as Jones-Wainwright-Yarnold.

Encyclopedic Surveys

Christian Spirituality. 1985–89. 3 vols. New York: Crossroad. Traces Christian spirituality as part of World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest. Available in paperback and hardback.

McGinn, Bernard. 1991-. The Presence of God: A History of Western Christian Mysticism. 2 vols. to date. New York: Crossroad.

Perhaps the largest one-writer project going. Although encyclopedic, it is clearly written.

Desktop Handbooks

Gangel, Kenneth O., and James C. Wilhoit, eds. 1994. The Christian Educator’s Handbook on Spiritual Formation.

Wicks, Robert J., ed. 1995. Handbook of Spirituality for Minsiters. New York: Paulist Press.

Ready-reference articles, the first volume by Protestant evangelicals, the second by Roman Catholics.


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