FORMATIO – Ancient Christian Devotional
I am excited about a new book I just bought: Ancient Christian Devotional (Lectionary Cycle C).
This book is from the InterVarsity Press FORMATIO series (Tradition – Experience – Transformation).
FORMATIO books from InterVarsity Press are about “being transformed by Christ and conformed to his image,” and they intend to integrate God’s Word with spiritual practice by prompting its readers “to move from inward change to outward witness.”
“We believe that each of us is made with a deep desire to be in God’s presence. Formatio books are intended to help “fulfill our deepest desires and to become our true selves in light of God’s grace.”
I must say that the goals of the FORMATION series are most worthy, and I am looking forward to ‘swimming’ in this book. After all, St. Chrysostom gives very good advice (quoted on the first page of this book):
Listen carefully to me. Procure books [of the Bible] that will be medicines for the soul….Don’t simply dive into them. Swim in them. Keep them constantly in your mind. (Homilies on Colossians 9)
This is a book for Christians who lack the grounding in the riches of church history…who are rootless and are drifting in a barren secular and ecclesiastical landscape.
If you are one of those – consider this book to get rooted in the WORD!