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Water from a Deep Well: Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries [Hardcover]

By Gerald Lawson Sittser (Author)
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Pages   364
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.33"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2007
Publisher   IVP Books
ISBN  0830834931  
EAN  9780830834938  

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Offers a look into the practices and stories of believers from the past who have shaped the way Christian faith is practiced today, helping Christians discover that old ways can bring new life to their own spirituality.

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In Rome in A.D. 165, two men named Carpus and Papylus stood before the proconsul of Pergamum, charged with the crime of being Christians. Not even torture could make them deny Christ, so they were burned alive.Is my faithfulness as strong?In the fifth century, Melania the Younger and her husband, Pinian, distributed their enormous wealth to the poor and intentionally practiced the discipline of renunciation.Could living more simply deepen my trust in God?In the sixteen hundreds, Philipp Jakob Spener's love for the Word of God and his desire to help people apply the Bible to their life moved him to start "Colleges of Piety," or small groups.In what ways could commitment to community make me more like Christ?The history of the church has shaped what our faith and practice are like today. It's tempting to think that the way we do things now is best, but history also has much to teach us about what we've forgotten. In Water from a Deep Well, Gerald Sittser opens to us the rich history of spirituality, letting us gaze at the practices and stories of believers from the past who had the same thirst for God that we do today. As we see their deep faith through his vibrant narratives, we may discover that old ways can bring new life to our own spirituality.

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More About Gerald Lawson Sittser

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gerald L. Sittser (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of theology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. He is the author of The Adventure, A Cautious Patriotism, A Grace Disguised, The Will of God as a Way of Life and When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer. He has also written many book reviews and articles. He speaks frequently at churches, college campuses, and scholarly and Christian conferences. Sittser has won numerous awards and honors including a Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for his book When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
A good summary of different aspects of Christian history  Feb 26, 2008
I found this to be a good book that covered many different parts of Christian history. It was not dry and technical, but was very engaging and multiple times I found myself putting the book down to reflect what was being said.

Also, since it gave such a warm summary, it spurned me on to use other resources to do a more indepth study of the topics that really interested me. It really help cultivate a passion to engage in my studies, not for the sake of rote, but to embrace and appreciate the different aspects of my Christian faith.
A Passion for the History of Christian Spirituality  Feb 7, 2008
Jerry's ability to display his passion for the history of Christian Spirituality is second only to his desire for us to glean wisdom and practice in our spiritual lives through reflection on the saints. His representation, as a whole, of the history of Christian Spirituality is seamless. The written testimony of so many great saints and fathers of "the way" directs us towards the practical outcroppings of our faith in our daily walk with the Lord. History textbooks on this subject are needed and wonderful, but Jerry takes the history of the past and makes it the spiritual workings of the present; were we to lose the Christian foundations that we find in these martyrs and saints, we would be like a man who having climbed to the top of Mt. Everest could not remember his trek up the vast mountainside, but instead stood on the peak and asked his fellow climbers, "how did we get here?"

Jerry's passionate display for history to shape and impede upon us is a refreshing walk in the land of Christian Spirituality. If your feet are weary from the journey, take off your shoes and dip them into this refreshingly crisp deep well that is sure to invigorate your soul.
Refreshing!  Jan 18, 2008
The passion of our grandparents in faith seeps through these pages, inviting me to join them on my own journey of knowing and serving God. I have so much to learn, and Jerry helps these people and their God become more alive for me.
Drink slowly and savor.  Jan 7, 2008
Written in a warm and unpretentious style, this book gives an engaging, informative, and inspiring look at the history of Christian spirituality. There is much here to correct the cultural and chronological myopia that is prevalent in contemporary American Christianity.

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