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Books that Nurture

Spiritual Formation in Ministry


Forming the Leader’s Soul: An Invitation to Spiritual Direction by Morris Dirks

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton

The Contemplative Pastor by Eugene Peterson

The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

The Unnecessary Pastor by Eugene Peterson & Marva Dawn

The Pressure’s Off by Larry Crabb

Learning to Lead from Your Spiritual Center by Patricia Brown

Preventing Ministry Failure by Michael Todd Wilson & Brad Hoffmann

Clergy Self-Care: Finding a Balance for Effective Ministry by Roy M. Oswald

Spiritual Disciplines

Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton

Life with God: Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation by Richard Foster

Invitation to a Journey by M. Robert Mulholland

Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen

The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas

Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices by Daniel Wolpert

Keeping the Sabbath Wholly by Marva Dawn

Disciplines for the Inner Life by Bob & Michael Benson

The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard

Spiritual Direction

The Practice of Spiritual Direction by William A. Barry & William J. Connolly

Sacred Companions by David G. Benner

Spiritual Mentoring by Keith R. Anderson & Randy D. Reese

The Gift of Being Yourself by David G. Benner

Spiritual Direction: Beyond Beginnings by Janet K. Ruffing

Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction by Margaret Guenther

Soul Keeping: Ancient Paths of Spiritual Direction by Howard Baker

Soulguide: Following Jesus as Spiritual Director by Dr. Bruce Demarest

Seeking Spiritual Direction by Thomas Dubay

Guidelines for Spiritual Direction by Carolyn Gratton

Other Great Reads

Searching for Home: Spirituality for Restless Souls by M. Craig Barnes

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb

Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard

Water from a Deep Well by Gerald L. Sittser

The Joy of Full Surrender by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

Streams of Living Water by Richard Foster

The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen

Self to Lose - Self to Find:  A Biblical Approach to the 9 Enneagram Types by Marilyn Vancil