"Evan Howard writes, 'Spiritual formation matters.' It matters, indeed, for relationships shape us, especially the profound and mysterious relationship we each have with the One who made us, who knows our hearts, and who offers us life. But spiritual formation also involves church history, theology, spirituality, and missional community--about all of which Howard is a trustworthy teacher. In this welcome new book, he sheds the light of his keen and enthusiastic intelligence on the fullness of Christian spirituality. What joy to find the wisdom of Evan Howard's long vocation distilled into such a readable and helpful guide for us as we pray to Christ (in Richard the bishop of Chichester's thirteenth-century words) to 'know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, day by day.'"