Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence, by Ruth Haley Barton, (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2010), cloth, 164 pp., $11.49.

Two of the essential spiritual disciplines within the Spiritual Formation Movement are the overlapping ones of solitude and silence.   Ruth Haley Barton, who writes extensively on such subjects and is the founder of the Transforming Center which is devoted to spiritual formation through the means of contemplative practices, does a good job in this volume […]

Satisfy Your Soul, Restoring the Heart of Christian Spirituality by Bruce Demarest, (Colorado Springs: NavPress 1999), 312 pp., paper $10.50.

Dr. Bruce Demarest, longtime professor of theology and spiritual formation at Denver Seminary, offers this book as a polemic for what is commonly called spiritual formation, a method of spiritual development created and promoted for centuries within Roman Catholicism.  Demarest assures us repeatedly that he is evangelical in doctrine (see p. 10) but discovered something […]