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For Life Abundant
Practical Theology, Theological Education, and Christian Ministry
POD; Published: 4/29/2008
ISBN: 978-0-8028-3744-8
Price: $ 36.50
380 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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What does it mean to lead a truly "life-giving way of life"? What kinds of learning and teaching will best prepare ministers to foster such a way of life in their congregations? How might teachers of practical theology best understand and undertake their task to educate and form ministers? Respected scholars and ministers explore such questions in For Life Abundant, probing and clarifying the significance of practical theology in the classroom, in the wider academy, and in actual ministry s e t t i n gs.


Dorothy C. Bass
Kathleen A. Cahalan
David D. Daniels III
Craig Dykstra
Serene Jones
Thomas G. Long
Peter W. Marty
Gordon S. Mikoski
Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
James R. Nieman
Christian R. Scharen
Ted A. Smith
John P. Witvliet
David J. Wood
David F. Ford
— University of Cambridge
"Dorothy Bass and Craig Dykstra have been key shapers of practical theology for many years. Now they have gathered around them an outstanding team and together distilled into one book the essentials of the field. It is good theology and good practice, alert to the main intellectual, educational, pastoral, and institutional questions. The book sparkles with fresh ideas and imaginative ways of forming people and communities in line with God's purposes."
Virgilio Elizondo
— University of Notre Dame
"This very creative and marvelous collection of stimulating, enlightening essays in practical theology responds to the gap between pastoral ministry in the field and theological education in the academy. It is a great contribution to the church — its faithful, its ministers, and, most of all, its scholars."
Christian Century
"These boundary-crossing writers' broad dreams are bold and refreshing."
Expository Times
"Worthwhile reading for those who spend themselves in the pursuit of equipping others for pastoral ministry."
"This book stands out from the crowd."
Theological Studies
"Well-documented, readable, and engaging."
Journal of Religious Leadership
"The book offers indispensable resources for the North American church and academy."