What is Christian spirituality today? How can we better understand a uniquely Christian spirituality in light of the increasing array of spiritual paths and possibilities in today's world? Author Michael Downey addresses these two questions in this concise, engaging overview of the contemporary spiritual scene. An accessible, highly readable work, Understanding Christian Spirituality is wonderful for guiding readers through the sometimes confusing spiritual landscape to a deeper, more nuanced Christian spirituality that is scripturally, experientially, and traditionally rich.
Michael Downey is Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality at Saint John's Seminary in Camarillo, California. Author of several books and numerous essays on Christian spirituality and worship, he is Founding North American Editor of Spirituality, an international journal of the Christian spiritual life, and editor of the award-winning New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality. His other books include Trappist: Living in the Land of Desire (Paulist Press, 1997).
The best available overview of contemporary Christian spirituality.
-William C. Spohn, Theological Studies
This book will be welcomed by many readers who are seeking clarification of what the sometimes fuzzy and often overused word spirituality means. [Understanding Christian Spirituality] displays a good balance of pastoral wisdom and solid theology.
-Catholic Library World
I nominate Michael Downey as a primary architect of Catholic spirituality for the 1990s and, by extension, for a decade or two of the century ahead.
-Art Winter, Praying