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Insights from psychology and Christian mystics combine in these reflections on spiritual transformation

BennerDavid G. Benner, Spirituality and the Awakening Self: The Sacred Journey of Transformation (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2012).

This book discusses spiritual transformation from a psychological perspective, which traces the development of the self through four key stages: the body-centred, mind-centred, soul-centred and spirit-centred self.

Benner includes insights from Christian mystics, he considers the role of spirituality in human awakening, and he explores the importance of the communal context for transformation.

Appendices on the function of dreams for human growth and transformation and on meditation, prayer and awakening complete the book.

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Reflections on transformation and our true self

Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self (London: SPCK, 2013).

Written in Rohr’s inimical style, this book contrasts our false and true selves, exploring how we can find the latter through a process of true transformation.

Along the way, there are many astute reflections on a variety of issues, including non-dual thinking, judgementalism, atonement, intimacy, vulnerability and love.

Here’s what Rohr has to say about loving and dying:

Every time you choose to love, you have also just chosen to die. Every time you truly love, you are letting go of yourself as an autonomous unit and have given a bit of yourself away to something or someone else, and it is not easily retrieved – unless you choose to stop loving – which many do. These first moments of ecstatic release from imprisonment in yourself are wonderful, erotic, and immensely live giving.

As always, Rohr is well worth a read for his profound theological and psychological insights.

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