Dynamics of Spiritual Life

| February 29, 2016

Editors’ note: Taking the advice of C. S. Lewis, we want to help our readers “keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds,” which, as he argued, “can be done only by reading old books.” In this new series we want to survey some forgotten and lesser-known Christian classics. With our first installment, we invited Douglas Groothuis—professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary—to reflect on Richard Lovelace’s Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal (1979).

This classic treatise on renewal has been influential in the lives and ministries of many, including Tim Keller, David Powlison, and Ray Ortlund. Some might argue a book published 37 years ago hardly qualifies as “old” or a “Christian classic,” but this work—as Groothuis reminds us—uniquely channels the wisdom of the past in ways that make it “profound, wise, and challenging” for the church today.

Books grounded me during my early Christian life.

Along with Francis Schaeffer’s The God Who Is There, Blaise Pascal’s Pensées, C. S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man, Os Guinness’s The Dust of Death, and Augustine’s Confessions (and many others), Richard Lovelace’s Dynamics of Spiritual Life (1979) offered a historically and theologically rich charter for living the Christian life in all its…

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