The publication of this anniversary edition of Shaped by the Word is a fitting way to remember and honor Bob [Mulholland], who died on December 20, 2015. It is also a recognition that the need to read the Bible formationally is as great now as it was when Bob first wrote this book. In fact, this need is as great as it has been since Christianity began and James exhorted believers to “be doers of the word and not merely hearers” (James 1:22). Without the kind of reading that Bob commends, we run the risk of having what John Wesley called “dead orthodoxy.”
—Steve Harper, foreword to Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation, Anniversary Edition, by M. Robert Mulholland Jr. (Upper Room Books, 2023)
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[Moses said,] “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart.”
—Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Help us, O God, to let you do whatever you want to do in our lives. Help us to say yes to you at the center of our being. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
—M. Robert Mulholland Jr., Shaped by the Word
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In a success-oriented world, it is easy for Bible study to become another task to perform rather than a transformational experience. For nearly forty years, Shaped by the Word has shown Christians how to read the Bible not just for information but also for spiritual formation. Learn more about the anniversary edition of this classic here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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