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A Christian Guide to Spirituality: Foundations for Disciples
A Christian Guide to Spirituality: Foundations for Disciples
A Christian Guide to Spirituality: Foundations for Disciples
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A Christian Guide to Spirituality: Foundations for Disciples

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Spirituality is lived belief.

When we pray, worship, or reach out to our neighbors, we live out our beliefs. Our beliefs structure our spirituality like skin stretched over the bones of our bodies. These beliefs start with faith in God the Father through Jesus Christ as revealed through the Holy Spirit in scripture, in the church, and in daily life. Our Trinitarian theology orders our beliefs. Without a coherent theology, we lose our identity in space and time having no map or compass to guide us on our way. In the end, we focus on ourselves, not God.

Christian spirituality starts with God, not with us.

A Christian Guide to Spirituality takes the form of 50 daily devotions. Each topic is treated with a scriptural reference, reflection, prayer, and questions for discussion. Occasionally, references are provided for further study. The first four chapters (Introduction, Apostle’s Creed, Lord’s Prayer, and Ten Commandments) cover 40 days making them suitable as a Lenten study. Ten additional days focus on the spiritual disciplines and a short conclusion.

Reading A Christian Guide to Spirituality will help readers understand Christian spirituality better and nurture their faith. There is no such thing as quality time with the Lord; there is only time. The living God speaks to us in many ways, but especially through scripture. These three sources cited (Apostle’s Creed, Lord’s Prayer, and Ten Commandments) are commonly called the rule of faith (regula fidei) and were utilized for nearly two millennia as a means to apprentice the faith. These sources are the heart of the confessions of most Christian faith communities and denominations.

Hear the words; walk the steps; experience the joy!

Author Stephen W. Hiemstra (MDiv, PhD) is a slave of Christ, husband, father, tentmaker, economist, and writer. He lives with Maryam, his wife of 30 years, in Centreville, VA and they have three grown children. The foreword is written by Neal D. Presa.

This book might be classified appropriately in spirituality, Christian living, devotion, faith, religion, and theology.
LanguageEnglish
Release dateDec 16, 2017
ISBN9781942199991
A Christian Guide to Spirituality: Foundations for Disciples
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Stephen W. Hiemstra

El autor, Stephen W. Hiemstra (MDiv, PhD), es esclavo de Cristo, esposo, padre, fabricante de tiendas, escritor, orador... Él vive con Maryam, su esposa de treinta años, en Centreville, Virginia y ellos tienen tres hijos adultos. Stephen ha sido un escritor activo a lo largo de su carrera; tanto como economista y como pastor. Como economista, trabajó 27 años en 5 agencias federales, publicó numerosos estudios de gobierno, artículos en periódicos, y comentarios de libros. Su libro en inglés, A Christian Guide to Spirituality, sin embargo, fue su primer libro publicado en el 2014. Stephen es en este momento un fabricante de tiendas, su segunda carrera, quien divide su tiempo igualmente entre el ministerio Hispano y sus escritos. Como escrito de blog, su tema es pastor en línea y él escribe estudios bíblicos, reseñas de libros, y reflexiones sobre temas de espiritualidad. Como capellán de hospital, él trabajaba en el departamento de emergencias, en la unidad de psiquiatría, y la unidad de alzhéimer. Él es anciano en Centreville Presbyterian Church. Stephen tiene una maestría en divinidad (MDiv, 2013) de Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Su doctorado (Phd, 1985) es en economía agrícola de Michigan State University en East Lansing, Michigan. Aunque es ciudadano estadounidense, vivió y estudió tanto en Puerto Rico como en Alemania y habla español y alemán. ISNI: 0000-0000-2902-8171

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