Joy Together: Spiritual Practices for Your Congregation


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Westminster John Knox Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.49 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author

Lynne M. Baab is the author of multiple books and Bible studies. A Presbyterian minister, she completed a Ph.D. in communication at the University of Washington in 2007 and moved with her husband to Dunedin, New Zealand, where she is a lecturer in pastoral theology at the University of Otago. Lynne is the author of eight books, including A Renewed Spirituality, Sabbath Keeping, Fasting, Sabbath, Personality Type in Congregations, Embracing Midlife, Beating Burnout in Congregations, Reaching Out in a Networked World: Expressing Your Congregation's Heart and Soul and Friending. She is also the author of three LifeGuide Bible Studies.


"In her typically wise and inviting manner, Lynne Baab offers a distinctive approach to cultivating deeper spiritual lives in congregations by engaging ancient faith practices in fresh and timely ways. Her writing shimmers on every page. Her insights motivate. Her approach captures the deep joy of active Christian faith lived well with others in community." Allan Hugh Cole Jr., Academic Dean, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and editor of A Spiritual Life

"Baab exuberantly, and realistically, displays the way spiritual practices can strengthen groups or whole congregations of Christians. Her illustrations are convincing; her experiences, vast and confirming; her explanations, constructive. I heartily urge every Christian to read this book, significant as it is, because we who respond to the Trinity with practices need to learn to live more as a community!" Marva Dawn, Theologian, author of Keeping the Sabbath Wholly and Unfettered Hope

"In a world where happiness equals personal satisfaction or gratification it is lovely to come upon a book called Joy Together. The spiritual journey is not about hiking solo. It is a pilgrimage with others into prayer, hospitality, gratitude, Sabbath, etc. Those looking for ways to grow together with God will enjoy the personal and practical tack of Joy Together." Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, co-pastor Redeemer Community Church and author of The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook and Invitations From God

"Faith is meant to be practiced in community, yet we rarely get help in accomplishing this. This is a great book with practical suggestions on how to enrich congregational life with spiritual practices that can be performed together. I love it." Christine Sine, Executive Director of Mustard Seed Associates and author of GodSpace

"This is a book Iรข (TM)ve been waiting for because formation is as much รข ~caughtรข (TM) as รข ~taught.รข (TM) Thankfully then, Baab shows how congregations and small groups can build community and help each other by engaging in practices together." Jan Johnson, author of Spiritual Disciplines Companion and Invitation to the Jesus Life