FROM BACK COVER
This book fills a deeply-felt need in serious Christians who, striving after the renewal of their inner lives, are convinced that they need to engage in regular meditative reading. But how do we do so most effectively? What readings should we chose? How do we distinguish between more and less essential texts? And, most importantly, how do we devise a practical reading program that will set us on the right path? For years I have searched for one comprehensive guide that would answer these questions. I am delighted, as I am sure others will be, too, that such a resource, so eagerly sought after, is now available in this revised edition.
Guidelines for practical reading and sample programs are presented which can be adapted to different audiences. The guidelines help us to read correctly. Rooted in formational theology, as developed by the great spiritual masters of the Church, they stress and develop the formative dimension of spiritual reading. This means that we are to read scripture and spiritual literature in such a way that the texts help us to tune in to the inner life or direction that God has meant for us from eternity.
We are most grateful for the tireless effort in research and experimentation that has gone into this remarkable book. No other work of this scope on the topic of spiritual reading is currently available in the field of formative spirituality. This book will foster not only the development of human and Christian formation; it will also alleviate the task of numerous spiritual directors and teachers who are called on to initiate others in the art and discipline of in-depth spiritual reading.
-Adrian van Kaam
Susan Muto is Executive Director and Co-founder of the Pittsburgh-based, non-profit Epiphany Association, an ecumenical educational and resource center for laity, clergy, and religious seeking in-depth spiritual formation. Professor Muto teaches in the fields offormation science, classical Christian literature and spiritual reading, and is the author of many books and articles. She is a renowned speaker who offers conferences, seminars, and workshops on lay formation and related themes throughout the United States and abroad.