During our chaotic times, discover five forgotten values that can spark internal growth and help us reconcile our Christian faith with the complexities of race, sexuality, and social justice. WINNER OF THE CT BOOK AWARD
Most believers live in the state of "being a Christian" without ever being deeply formed by Christ. Our pace is too frenetic to be in union with God, and we don't know how to quiet our hearts and minds to be present. Our emotions are unhealthy and compartmentalized. We feel unable to love well or live differently from the rest of the world--to live as people of the good news.
New York pastor Rich Villodas says we must restore balance, focus, and meaning for our souls. The Deeply Formed Life
lays out a fresh vision for spiritual breakthrough following five key values: - Contemplative Rhythms Value:
slowing down our lives to be with God.- Racial Justice Value:
examining a multi-layered approach to pursuing racial justice and reconciliation.- Interior Examination Value:
looking beneath the surface of our lives to live free and love well.- Sexual Wholeness Value:
exploring how our sexuality connects with our spirituality.- Missional Presence Value:
living as the presence of Christ in a broken world. The Deeply Formed Life
is a roadmap to live in the richly rooted place we all yearn for: a place of communion with God, a place where we find our purpose. Praise for The Deeply Formed Life
"The Deeply Formed Life
is a book for our time. Honest, wise, insightful, funny, and--above all--deep. The way Rich and New Life Fellowship hold emotional health and racial justice together is beyond inspiring. This is spiritual formation for the future of the church."--John Mark Comer, pastor of teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church and author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
"I've studied the Bible under Pastor Rich's leadership for close to a decade. The core values he shares in this book serve as guidance, not only for how we should live as Christians in an ever-changing world but also for how we can live a life of purpose--that consistently and enthusiastically points to Jesus."--Susan Kelechi Watson, actress from the awardwinning television series This Is Us
About the Author
Rich Villodas is the Brooklyn-born lead pastor of New Life Fellowship, a large, multiracial church with more than seventy-five countries represented in Elmhurst, Queens. Prior to becoming lead pastor, he gave oversight to New Life's small group ministry and served as preaching pastor. Rich graduated with a BA in pastoral ministry and theology from Nyack College. He went on to complete his master's of divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. He enjoys reading widely, and preaching and writing on contemplative spirituality, justice-related issues, and the art of preaching. He's been married to Rosie since 2006 and they have two beautiful children, Karis and Nathan.