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Tools for Spiritual Formation and Renewal

Resources to help you personally draw close to Christ through reading, praying and reflecting.

The Advent Project 2018

 

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Each year Biola University's Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts puts together an Advent project that we enthusiastically recommend to help you grow closer to Christ during the Advent Season.

Biola's Advent (and Lenten) Projects is an online resource with scripture, devotionals, art, video, and music. Instead of dry and academic, these daily reflections are thoughtful, deep and interesting as they pull the featured art into a context that allows the reader to gain a fresh new perspective about life and faith.

Go HERE to sign up for this online devotional (links are sent to your inbox daily).

Behold!

 

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Pamela C. Hawkins has written a book for the hurried season. "Hawkins provides us with a simple yet rich means of regaining our spiritual sight through thoughtfully chosen and carefully integrated daily prayer practices."

 

The Sacred Ordinary Days: Advent Resource List

 

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This website contains and exhaustive list of books, music, playlists, podcasts, videos and more. You are sure to find one or two things on this list that will encourage you during the season.

Ikon Family Advent Guide

 

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From our sister church, Ikon Community Church: "It is so easy to rush through Christmas with the celebrations, activities, and demands. The season moves along quickly because of things that may feel chaotic and obligatory...but it also passes with time spent on things that are celebratory and joyful. However, Advent is a beautiful time for us to intentionally pause, observe, and reflect upon the significance of the incarnation - for us as individuals and for the world.

Parents, here is a Family Advent Guide to utilize to encourage focused and intentional time with your family this season. The guide is available here."

The Littlest Watchman

 

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"This Advent children's book–by Scott James of the The Church at Brook Hills–tells the story of Benjamin, a fictional boy in first-century Bethlehem whose job as a watchman is to stare at a 'boring old tree stump' and wait for a sign that will signal the arrival of tha King who will restore the broken world."

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

 

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If you are looking for a schedule for the scripture you read and are wanting to also engage more with the liturgical calendar, Shane Claiborne's book (also available as an app) might be a good choice for you: "Tools for prayer are scattered throughout to aid those who are unfamiliar with liturgy and to deepen the prayer life of those who are familiar with liturgical prayer. Ultimately, Common Prayer makes liturgy dance, taking the best of the old and bringing new life to it with a fresh fingerprint for the contemporary renewal of the church."

Redeemer New York's Formation Daily Devotion

 

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Although this is not specifically for Advent, Redeemer's Daily Devotion is an incredible resource during the season of lent, giving scripture readings and prayers for each day (or twice a day).

The Ignatian Examen

 

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The DAILY EXAMEN is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern His direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience.

HERE's an additional resource about the Examen (from Chris Heurtz's Gravity Center).

Celebration of Discipline

 

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Richard J. Foster’s Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality with millions of copies sold since its original publication in 1978. In the book, Foster 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.

The Spirit of the Disciplines

 

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Dallas Willard, one of today's most brilliant Christian thinkers and author of The Divine Conspiracy(Christianity Today's 1999 Book of the Year), presents a way of living that enables ordinary men and women to enjoy the fruit of the Christian life. He reveals how the key to self-transformation resides in the practice of the spiritual disciplines, and how their practice affirms human life to the fullest. The Spirit of the Disciplines is for everyone who strives to be a disciple of Jesus in thought and action as well as intention.