Spiritual Resources

Looking for recommendations for resources to use to deepen your spiritual journey?

Here are Rev. Christina’s recommendations:


Study Bible

Study Bibles give you commentary and insight into what you read in the Bible.  There are a variety of study Bibles available.  The following are good options to look into if you are searching for a study bible.

The New Interpreter’s® Study Bible

HarperCollins Study Bible New Revised Standard Version

Common English Bible


Which translation should I use?

There are many good translations of the Bible to use.  I use a variety of translations to help me better understand what I am reading.

This link from the Bible Society has a great explanation of a variety of bible translations.

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/which-is-the-best-bible-translation/


Other resources

Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life

Marjorie Thompson explains various spiritual disciplines and gives examples of how to put them into practice.  This is a must have book for those who are new to spiritual disciples as well as those who are looking at new ways to deepen their relationship with God.

Book description from Cokesbury.com:  “First released in 1995, this spiritual classic continues to be a bestseller, as thousands each year accept Marjorie Thompson’s invitation to the Christian spiritual life. Offering a framework for understanding the spiritual disciplines and instruction for developing and nurturing those practices, Soul Feast continues to be a favorite for individual reflection and group study. Many new additions, including a new chapter on keeping the Sabbath, make this newly revised edition of Soul Feast a must-have.”


Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

A helpful guide to better understanding spiritual disciplines, this is a great companion to Soul Feast.

Product Description from Cokesbury.com:  “In the twenty years since its publication, Celebration of Discipline has helped over a million seekers discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace, and a deeper understanding of God. For this special twentieth anniversary edition, Richard J. Foster has added an introduction, in which he shares the story of how this beloved and enduring spiritual guidebook came to be.

Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, Celebration of Discipline explores the “classic Disciplines, ” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith. Along the way, Foster shows that it is only by and through these practices that the true path to spiritual growth can be found.

Dividing the Disciplines into three movements of the Spirit, Foster shows how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life. The inward Disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study, offer avenues of personal examination and change. The outward Disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service, help prepare us to make the world a better place.The corporate Disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration, bring us nearer to one another and to God.

Foster provides a wealth of examples demonstrating how these Disciplines can become part of our daily activities-and how they can help us shed our superficial habits and “bring the abundance of God into our lives.” He offers crucial new insights on simplicity, demonstrating how the biblical view of simplicity, properly understood and applied, brings joy and balance to our inward and outward lives and “sets us free to enjoy the provision of God as a gift that can be shared with others.” The discussion of celebration, often the most neglected of the Disciplines, shows its critical importance, for it stands at the heart of the way to Christ. “Celebration of Discipline will help motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.


May I Have this Dance? An Invitation to Faithful Prayer Throughout the Year

This devotional book is a staple in my devotional library.  I have used this book many times over the years and each time it touches my heart in a different way.

Product Description from Cokesbury.com: “This revised edition of Joyce Rupp’s best-selling book May I Have This Dance? (over 158,000 copies sold) has been updated with new guided meditations for each month of the year. Joyce Rupp invites readers to join God in the dance of life. She explores twelve themes, including “The Road to Life” and “The Playground of God,” following each with prayer suggestions such as litanies, guided meditations, and journal keeping. Readers will be delighted to accept the invitation to dance with the Divine Partner–a dance of truth and wholeness–throughout the seasons of the year.


Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

Written as if Jesus was talking directly to us, this daily devotional book always seems to say just what I needed to hear that day. (Even if I did not want to hear it!)

Product description from Cokesbury.com

After many years of writing her own words in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to be more attentive to the Savior’s voice and begin listening for what He was saying. So with pen in hand, she embarked on a journey that forever changed her–and many others around the world.

In these powerful pages are the words and Scriptures Jesus lovingly laid on her heart. Words of reassurance, comfort, and hope. Words that have made her increasingly aware of His presence and allowed her to enjoy His peace.

Jesus is calling out to you in the same way. Maybe you share the author’s need for a great sense of “God with you.” Or perhaps Jesus seems distant without you knowing why. Or maybe you have wandered farther from Him that you ever imagined you would. Here is a year’s worth of daily readings from Young’s journals to bring you closer to Christ and move your time with Him from monologue to a dialogue.

Each day is written as if Jesus Himself were speaking to you. Because He is. Do you hear Him calling?


Happily Ever After: A Daily Devotional

This devotional guide was invaluable to me in a difficult time in my life.  I have since loaned its to other people going through divorce and they too have found it a helpful guide along the journey.

Product Description:

Kristin began her recovery from divorce to professional cyclist Lance Armstrong with a ring of 3 x 5 note cards. Each one held a hand-selected passage of scripture that helped her cope and survive that stage of her life. Now, in this powerful daily devotional, Kristin offers the same inspiring verses that helped transform her heart and complements them with her own compassionate, personal messages of faith and love.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER is a year long daily devotional designed to help women through one of life’s most difficult times. Each entry contains a Bible verse and personal reflection from Kristin, helping readers maintain an open heart through their pain, confide in God at every stage of grief and despair, and forgiving those who have hurt them because they have been forgiven by God’s grace. As readers continue on their road to recovery, Kristin’s spiritually rejuvenating devotional will bring new hope to each passing day of divorce recovery.

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