Janet O. Hagberg and Robert A.
The Critical Journey
Stages in the
Life of Faith,
The Critical Journey, at its core, is a description of the spiritual journey:
our response to our faith in God with the resulting changes that follow.
In this book, authors Janet O. Hagberg and Robert A. Guelich address the
the struggle to find meaning and wholeness
the crisis of values and identity at mid-life
the quest for self-actualization
the healing of early religious experiences
questions about the spiritual journey
Their goal is to help us understand where we are on our individual faith
journeys and also appreciate where others are in theirs.
The Critical Journey does not reveal exactly how or when we need to move along
in our personal pilgrimages, nor does it offer formulas for spiritual growth.
Rather, it describes six phases of the spiritual journey and illustrates how
people act and think while in these stages.
This is an excellent guide for those who are wrestling with their faith and
wondering how others have resolved their "dark nights of the soul." Here is an
answer for those who have wondered why everyone doesn't respond in the same
manner to the message of the Gospel.
Spirituality may be the most
misunderstood and misused term of our time. The word evokes a mixed reaction of
all sorts of memories, ideas, dreads, and joys. Most people relate in some way
to the term. For those in the church, some take the term for granted, some
rigidly define it, and others seldom give it a thought. In broader circles,
spirituality has come to mean an urge or power within us that drives us toward
meaning for our lives. We are astounded by the number of people in secular
settings who are drawn enthusiastically to the concept. Most of the people we
have talked to in education, corporate, and nonprofit settings make it clear
that for them 'spirituality' is not to be equated with religion. They are
emphatic in not wanting to be identified with the Church or organized religion.
Table of Contents:
Preface to the Second Edition
The Critical Journey
Sharing Our Faith Journeys
Stage 1: The Recognition of God
Stage 2: The Life of Discipleship
Stage 3: The Productive Life
Stage 4: The Journey Inward
Stage 5: The Journey Outward
Stage 6: The Life of Love
Stages of Faith and Spiritual Formation
The Ministry, the Church, and Stages of Faith and Power
Stages of Power and Stewardship
Reflections on the Wall
Questions and Answers RegardingThe Critical Journey
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