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Zondervan dictionary of Christian spirituality /
Glen G. Scorgie, general editor ; consulting editors: Simon Chan, Gordon T. Smith, James D. Smith III.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2011.
852 p. ; 24 cm.
9780310290667 (hardcover, printed)
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2011.
9780310290667 (hardcover, printed)
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Includes bibliographical references.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Christian Book Awards, USA, 2012 : Won
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2012-01-01:
Although myriad books are available on Christian spirituality, general editor Scorgie (Bethel Seminary San Diego) has compiled a valuable dictionary on the subject. It is solidly rooted in the Evangelical tradition and as such reflects a high view of Scripture and a vigorous pneumatology. At the same time, this work provides exposure to a wealth of ecumenical resources. Scorgie has enlisted a wide variety of Protestant scholars, along with a few Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox writers. The contributors include seasoned individuals and a number of younger up-and-coming writers and leaders. This volume consists of two main parts. The first section comprises a rich variety of 34 essays on topics ranging from the history of Christian spirituality to missions and ministry. The second part features nearly 700 dictionary-sized articles ordered alphabetically. In the words of the editor, "This volume was prepared with the conviction that the way to really live is to do so before God in the transforming and empowering presence of his Spirit." To that end, this dictionary succeeds admirably. Summing Up: Recommended. All theological seminaries, Bible colleges, and institutions with programs in religious studies; lower- and upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers. W. J. Pankey William Rainey Harper College
Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-08-01:
Scorgie (theology, Bethel Seminary) and Simon Chan, Gordon T. Smith, and James D. Smith III's impressive and well-researched volume assembles 34 articles and almost 700 dictionary entries signed by an international group of scholars. The first section presents six- to seven-page entries on topics such as spiritual theology, human personhood, education and spiritual formation, and liturgical spirituality. Also included are articles describing the history of Christian spirituality from 100 C.E. to the present. Each article is followed by a bibliography and a further-reading list. The second section is a dictionary with entries on a broad variety of subjects: biblical figures, popes, mystics, saints, philosophers, spiritual leaders, and educators, as well as concepts and areas of concern including poverty, humanism, suffering, vows, the Kingdom of God, and peace. Dictionary entries conclude with cross-references and a further reading list. Scorgie's intended audience is the evangelical community, but the wide scope of material covers foundational areas of interest that will appeal to people along the spectrum of Christianity. BOTTOM LINE This clear, understandable text with its singular features and perspective deserves a place alongside Philip Sheldrake's The New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005) and Arthur Holder's The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Valuable for educators, clergy, students, and general readers; highly recommended for academic, seminary, large public, and church libraries.-Jackie Parascandola, Columbia Univ. Libs., New York (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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'Engaging, comprehensive, informative, broad in perspective. Who thinks it is fun to read a dictionary? This one is! This is a dictionary to be read for enjoyment as well as information. The essays and articles are freshly written, thorough but concise. The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality reflects the deep respect and appreciation the writers have for their topics. Reading this dictionary is like taking a finely tuned course in the topics included. The essays and dictionary entries portray the complex and diverse history of the Christian church embodied in women and men and the contexts of their times and cultures. Many readers will delve into these volumes seeking information about particular topics. I was fascinated and drawn from article to article ... appreciating the fine scholarship, depth of research reflected, and careful writing that make the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality an excellent resource.' -- Jeannette A. Bakke, Author, Holy Invitations: Exploring Spiritual Direction
'Scholarship with a soul! This is a book like no other---scholarly breadth with spiritual depth in a dictionary. So many have written so much about Christian spirituality that it is difficult to connect the parts. Here is a readable resource that brings everything together. I kept turning the pages ... not to read through, but to explore. Every article led me to another journey on a different page.' -- Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals
'The combination of substantial reflective essays on major themes in Christian spirituality and sharply focused articles on major figures and topics provides a rich mixture of insight, information, and inspiration. 'Spirituality' can be a subject that wafts into the ether, but in this broadly ecumenical and very well-balanced work, it is presented with real substance and genuine edification.' -- Mark A. Noll, Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
'The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality is a remarkable balance of broad, integrative essays and more than 700 succinct, informative dictionary entries. It combines a wide survey of the great movements in Christian spirituality while giving attention to the main contributors from all parts of the globe, past and present. The contributors include some of the great heavyweights of the movement while also incorporating significant voices from a variety of related disciplines and perspectives. The work is a must-have resource for every able scholar, pastor, and follower of Jesus.' -- Gayle D. Beebe, President, Westmont College
'The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality is a well-researched, comprehensive study of Christian spirituality from a broad evangelical perspective. Particularly insightful are the thirty-four extensive 'Integrative Essays' that cover nearly the first third of the book. The almost 700 alphabetized entries fill in multiple details and make connections between movements, ideas, and significant leaders throughout Christian history. While covering the entire range of Christian spirituality, special attention is given to persons of evangelical persuasion who have had significant impact over the centuries. This distinguishing characteristic provides an important corrective to a long-neglected omission. I give the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality my highest recommendation.' -- Richard J. Foster, Author, Celebration of Discipline
'The more I read in the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, the more I wanted to read more! The initial essays provide a thoroughly excellent foundation, and the alphabetized entries that follow leave us intrigued to read others. I highly recommend this dictionary for all Christians, especially those who want to grow in their active practices of various spiritual disciplines, their devoted love for God and neighbor, and their fervent thanksgiving for global saints and the myriad ways God works in the world.' -- Leighton Ford, President, Leighton Ford Ministries
'The more I read in the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, the more I wanted to read more! The initial essays provide a thoroughly excellent foundation, and the alphabetized entries that follow leave us intrigued to read others. I highly recommend this dictionary for all Christians, especially those who want to grow in their active practices of various spiritual disciplines, their devoted love for God and neighbor, and their fervent thanksgiving for global saints and the myriad ways God works in the world.' -- Marva J. Dawn, Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology, Regent College
'The very publication of this work speaks to the contemporary interest in spirituality. So much spirituality, however, is uninformed, shallow, and vague. All the more reason to welcome this important dictionary. It is impressive in its scope, wide in what is included, and deep in the intent to strengthen life in the Spirit of Christ. Scan a few entries, and it will be evident what a valuable resource this can be. I cannot imagine a dictionary on spirituality that is all prose. So I was delighted to see the entries on poetry and Hopkins, for example. Don't miss them.' -- Leighton Ford, President, Leighton Ford Ministries
'This is not the only dictionary about Christian spirituality in town. There are many around and some of them are very good. But this one, with its global interests and spiritual zeal, has an energy and breadth that lifts it into a new league. Moreover, as well as making a very good job of expanding our knowledge of Christian spirituality and all the sources that have shaped it, this important volume steers the reader through the people, movements, and issues with a reliable, generous, and grace-focused wisdom. It is a source not just of information about Christian spirituality but of real formation, through the Spirit, in the life of Christ.' -- Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, Church of England
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Library Journal, August 2011
Booklist, November 2011
Choice, January 2012
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Main Description
In recent decades Christian spirituality, spiritual formation and spiritual theology have become important concepts in the global evangelical community. Consequently, an accessible and reliable academic resource is needed on these topics---one that will offer a discerning orientation to the wealth of ecumenical resources available while still highlighting the distinct heritage and affirming the core grace-centered values of classic evangelical spirituality.The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality reflects an overarching interpretive framework for evangelical spiritual formation: a holistic and grace-filled spirituality that encompasses relational (connecting), transformational (becoming), and vocational (doing) dynamics. At the same time, contributors respectfully acknowledge the differences between Reformed, Holiness, and Pentecostal paradigms of the spiritual life. And, by bringing together writers from around the world who share a common orthodoxy, this reference work is truly global and international in both its topical scope and contributors.Entries give appropriate attention to concepts, concerns, and formative figures in the evangelical tradition of spirituality that other reference work neglect. They offer a discerning orientation to the wealth of ecumenical resources available, exploring the similarities and differences between Christianity and alternate spiritualities without lapsing into relativism. The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality is a resource that covers a wide range of topics relating to Christian spirituality and is biblically engaged, accessible, and relevant for all contemporary Christians.

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