Best Books on Spiritual Formation, Part 1


Best books about Spiritual Formation-bookmark this for later!


I have a stack of 30 books next to me that I quickly pulled off the shelf for easy access in case I wanted to reference something in this series. I won’t list all of them here, but instead will offer you the best of the best (in my opinion), in case you want to start reading more about spiritual formation.


Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster

Sacred Rhythms – Ruth Haley Barton

Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You– John Ortberg (my review)

Invitation to the Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation– Robert Mulholland Jr.

Eugene Peterson’s 5 book series on spiritual formation:

The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and “Women’s Work”– Kathleen Norris

Spiritual Formation- Henri Nouwen (with Michael Christensen and Rebecca Laird)

The Life You Always Wanted– John Ortberg

The Spirit of the Disciplines– Dallas Willard

The Divine Conspiracy– Dallas Willard


I’ll be doing another list or two later, with spiritual formation book recommendations that are a bit more tailored to a specific area, but I think these are my favorites in terms of the broad picture of spiritual formation.


What do you think I missed? Is your favorite book on spiritual formation on this list? (Please don’t say the Bible; of course that’s a given :)).





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