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CIC: Embracing the Journey, Participant’s Book, Vol. 1

Rueben P. Job, Marjorie J. Thompson • March 2006

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A revised Companions in Christ Leader's Guide, containing a "Getting Started Guide" and new plans for a closing retreat, is also available.

Embracing the Journey: The Way of Christ focuses on an exploration of spiritual formation as an individual and corporate journey toward wholeness and holiness through the grace of God. This book is the first segment of a five-volume study of the original 28-week Companions in Christ resource. The 5-piece participant series is designed for groups that will take breaks between the other four volumes:

OPTION: Groups that wish to experience an uninterrupted 28-week study of Companions in Christ should order Companions in Christ Participant's Book in 1 Volume.


Rueben P. Job (1922–2015) was a retired bishop of the United Methodist Church and former World Editor of The Upper Room. A pioneer in spiritual formation for his denomination, he wrote numerous books on the spiritual life and developed several spiritual enrichment programs. Bishop Job and his friend Norman Shawchuck coauthored A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants as a result of their own hunger for God and for a resource that could be their constant companion on the journey toward a deeper and more consistent relationship with God. This was the first in the four-volume Guide to Prayer series. A native of North Dakota, Rueben and his wife, Beverly, made their home in Nashville, Tennessee.

Marjorie J. Thompson is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has served as director of the Pathways Center for Spiritual Leadership and as spiritual director to Companions in Christ, a program outgrowth of the Pathways initiative of The Upper Room. Companions in Christ is a series of small-group resources for spiritual formation in local congregations, suited to ecumenical use. Marjorie has exercised a ministry of teaching, writing, and spiritual guidance for many years.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9830-0

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20060301

Trim Size: 7.3125 in (w) x 9.25 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 86

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Biblical Studies / General

BISAC1: REL006000

BISAC2: REL012120

BISAC3: REL012070

"Intense, enriching, formational, sometimes challenging and risky, and even at times excruciatingly wrenching, humbling but uplifting, painful but healing, worthwhile — left us wanting more!"
— Virginia M. Rimm Vassalboro United Methodist Church, Maine


"Companions in Christ has really helped me and my group visualize our place in God's kingdom. It's not just a course. The length of it makes it a practice or way of life. We are praying more, listening to God's Word and listening to God speak to us. It is definitely changing our lives as we become more active and obedient to God's will."
— Rob Guy Christian Chapel CME, Temple of Faith, Dallas