Spirituality According to Paul: Imitating the Apostle of Christ

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Spirituality often evokes images of quiet centeredness, meditative serenity and freedom from life's pressures. It’s become a chic commodity, with its benefits evoked by images of sunrises and secluded retreats. Contrast the apostle Paul, who promotes a cross-shaped spirituality for fools making their way though life's trials. Paul realized that images of crucifixion, burial and resurrection would never be popular images of the spiritual life. So he encourages his fellow travelers, who are spiritually united with Christ, to "follow me as I follow Christ." As he explores this ancient spiritual path, Rodney Reeves probes our understanding of what Christian spirituality should be. And to illuminate its transformative power, he gives us living illustrations of what it means to follow Paul as he followed Christ. Here is a book that joins a deep understanding of Paul with a pastoral and spiritual wisdom born of experience.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (October 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830839461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830839469
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

Customer Reviews


3 people found this helpful.
 on April 24, 2013
By JustinHoca
This book is the best book on or about the Bible that I have read in a long time and if I had the resources I’d give a copy to everyone I know (lending of it is unfortunately not enabled for Kindle. References are also not hyperlinked, making it difficult to flip back and forth). I think every Christian should read it. Dr. Reeves is a Greek expert and Pauline scholar, Dean of the Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry at Southwest Baptist University. My encounters with him really influenced me and I’ve never met a Southern Baptist pastor/theologian/teacher who talks, teaches, and writes like him. I had the privilege of hearing him preach a sermon series on Paul while he wrote this book, and his passion for imitating Paul was quite evident.

So Solid

3 people found this helpful.
 on July 2, 2012
By D. P. Dwight
This book is refreshingly biblical, solid in its exposition of Paul’s writing, and effective in depicting Paul’s life experiences as growth-in-Christ experiences. In a Christian culture where we are enamored with successes and personalities in a “lights-cameras-action” kind of way – Rodney Reeves repeatedly affirms the apostle Paul’s hardships and weaknesses as the very basis of his confidence of Christ’s work in his life, and as the way to grow deep with Jesus Christ. One might say a strength of this book is how it emphasizes Paul’s theology of weakness, where Christ is formed in us not through our victories but our trials. True to the Pauline epistles, this book is meaty and offers rich food for contemplation and growth as a companion for the realities of life. I’m very grateful for it.

This work is simple but profound in its approach to …

 on June 21, 2015
By M. Brock
This work is simple but profound in its approach to understanding the “why” of Paul’s teaching. In most books and lectures, Paul is quoted (and misquoted) for arguing some theological point that will further separate one follower from another. Rodney Reeves makes a strong case for understanding Paul’s view of the spiritual life as a revolutionary, a total antithesis of what the world systems value, that is, wisdom (Greece) and strength (Rome). Rather, this spirituality is grounded in the humility and apparent “failure” found in the cross. What do we value today? Wisdom and strength. It definitely makes one think.

Great Read

 on December 26, 2013
By Jared
If you are even a bit interested in the Apostle Paul, this book is for you.

Don’t Miss this book!

One person found this helpful.
 on April 11, 2012
By Dane Cockrell
This has easily been the best book I have read on Paul! I just recently got it online and have been reading it on my iPad! I think there may be more pages highlighted than not! It’s an incredibly unique and new perspective on Paul! Most books I have read approach Paul’s theology but Reeves comes from his spirituality and how he saw Christ. I cannot recommend this book more! Anyone interested in Paul must read this book!

Thought Provoking

One person found this helpful.
 on December 22, 2012
By esthereilene
This was a a great read! The topics were relevant and provided insights into Paul’s life and letters. This book was used as a text resource in one of my classes, but I found it thought-provoking enough to capture my interest outside of class. I would recommend this book!


 on March 3, 2013
By Myjowa
I used parts of this book in a study at church on Paul and his life and theology. It expands and clarifles Paul’s spirituality. The author did a good job going indepth on issues Paul had with the various churches.

Amazing Book

 on May 9, 2014
By Michael
Book was recommended by a friend, Gave a new take on Paul that I had not read or heard and was very insightful.

Five Stars

 on October 27, 2014
By Freddie Slaughter
Very good book

Spirituality According to Paul Review

9 people found this helpful.
 on May 24, 2012
By Daniel Pandolph blogging at danielpandolph . com
Probably one of the best books written last year that seemed to really fly under the radar was Rodney Reeves’ little book Spirituality According to Paul: Imitating the Apostle of Christ. I don’t say this lightly because there were a lot of really good theological works written in 2011. However, in terms of sheer practicality, I think Reeves’ book is up there.

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