A compelling and forcible exploration of the biblical foundations, contemplative practices, and spiritual path of Jesus himself—from the bestselling author of The Case for Jesus.
The path of following Jesus is an ancient and storied spiritual tradition. Yet many believers struggle with the most important part of the Christian life - prayer. Jesus prays throughout the scriptures - in the desert after his baptism, through the night before choosing his Apostles, in Gethsemane. But many of us can only guess at the conversations between Jesus and the Father.
In his most personal book yet, Dr. Brant Pitre draws on the riches of the Bible, the words of Jesus, and the writings of mystics across the centuries to shed light on the mystery and wonder of the spiritual life.
Full of sacred truths, contemplative insights, and practical steps, Introduction to the Spiritual Life is a biblical road map of the spiritual landscape that enables us to follow in the steps of the Word himself - Jesus Christ.
"What happens when a biblical theologian explores classic spirituality? This book. Pitre's students have asked, Why have we never heard this before? The reader wonders the same."
— Dr. David Fagerberg, Author of Liturgical Mysticism
"With clear and convincing explanations, this comprehensive guide roots the Christian spiritual life in Scripture. Pitre's lucid writing teaches, inspires, and motivates us to pursue our call to holiness, with Jesus as our primary guide."
— Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, Author of The Prodigal You Love and Memento Mori
"Pitre offers deep and inspiring insights into the realities of the spirituality of Christian discipleship. Anyone, lay or ordained, seeking to live Christian spirituality more fully will profit from a prayerful reading of this book."
— Most Reverend Alfred C. Hughes, Archbishop Emeritus of New Orleans