If you have yet to purchase a copy of Crafting A Rule Of Life, you can do so here! Within the pages of this workbook is a list of further readings on each chapter. These wonderful resources are noted below:


Chapter 1: Roles

For more on C. S. Lewis’s role as spiritual director and within the context of his own spiritual formation, read Lyle Dorsett’s wonderful text, Seeking the Secret Place: The Spiritual Formation of C. S. Lewis (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2004).

Chapter 2: Gifts

For more on Phillis Wheatley and her outstanding poetry, see Vincent Caretta’s Phillis Wheatley: Complete Writings (New York: Penguin Classics, 2001).

Chapter 3: Desires

For more information about Harold J. Ockenga, consult Garth M. Rosell’s The Surprising Work of God (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008).

Chapter 4: Vision

There are several translations of Benedict’s Rule available to the modern day reader. In this book I have used The Rule of Saint Benedict, ed. Timothy Fry (New York: Vintage Books, 1998).

Chapter 5: Mission

An excellent resource which captures the mission and zeal of Adoniram Judson is Courtney Anderson’s To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson (Valley Forge, Penn.: Judson Press, 1987).

Chapter 6: Time

Jonathan Edwards’s Religious Affections is both readable and inspirational for the committed believer who wishes to study Edwards from the vantage point of personal spiritual vitality. See The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 2: Religious Affections, ed. John E. Smith (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009).

Chapter 7: Trust

Two good biographies on William Wilberforce are Eric Metaxas’s Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery (New York: HarperCollins, 2007), and John Pollock’s Wilberforce (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1977).

Chapter 8: Temple

For more information about Augustine, consider reading Henry Chadwick’s Augustine of Hippo: A Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Chapter 9: Treasure

The fascinating life of George Mueller can be explored in more detail by reading one of the following texts:  A Narrative of Some of the Lord’s Dealing with George Muller, Written by Himself (Charleston, S.C.: BiblioBazaar, 2007), and George Mueller’s, Autobiography of George Mueller: A Million and a Half in Answer to Prayer, comp. G. Fred Bergin (Denton, Tex.: Westminster Literature Resources, 2003).

Chapter 10: Talent

For additional reflection on the life of Fanny Crosby, consult John Loveland’s Blessed Assurance: The Life and Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby (Nashville: Broadman, 1978), or Fanny Crosby’s autobiography Memories of Eighty Years (James H. Earle, 1906).

Chapter 11: Commitment to the Body of Christ

To know Calvin best, one must read his remarkable theological treatises, most notably his Institutes of the Christian Religion, trans. Ford Lewis Battles, 2 vols. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2006).

Chapter 12: Spiritual Friendships

To better acquaint oneself with Wesley’s approach to building community, read D. Michael Henderson’s John Wesley’s Class Meeting: A Model for Making Disciples (Nappanee, Ind.: Evangel Publishing House, 1997).


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LTi’s Recommended Readings on Spiritual Formation: Leadership Transformations has put together a suggested reading list, categorized by topics such as prayer, sabbath rest, discernment, and spiritual direction.

2 responses to “RESOURCES”

  1. One of the most inspiring books of 2012 for me. Regain your listening skills and craft your rule of life with the Author of life.

  2. […] Another excellent resource I have enjoyed for discovering ways I can take care of myself is Crafting a  Rule of Life by Steve Macchia. […]

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