In Quest of the Rock
Peter's Transformative Journey with Jesus
From the monastic devotion of the church fathers and mothers to the spiritual disciplines we espouse today, the church has always searched for ways to deepen discipleship and to grow in Christ. In this book, the author delves into the source material, exploring Peter’s transformation from fisherman to apostle through the power of relational encounter.
Jesus leads Peter on the journey of a disciple, reshaping the inner person, bringing Peter face- to-face with his shadow self. He is re-formed into “the rock” as his expectations and responses are challenged, leading him into a deep relational trust of Jesus aligned with his kingdom. The Jesus-way of discipleship is relational, personal and accessible.
As readers are empowered to see their own journeys in the light of Peter’s, they will recognize their disappointments and unfulfilled aspirations as invitations into the reshaping and healing of their own hearts. This is a powerful resource for all who desire to grow in Christ, as well as those involved in the discipling of others.
This is a rich guidebook for the journey of spiritual formation. Drawing on his profound knowledge of the Middle East and his love of Scripture, Mike Kuhn will challenge, encourage and embolden you on the path. Read and learn. Read and grow.
PERRY SHAW, PhD
Morling College, Sydney, Australia
The author takes readers on a profound journey, compelling them to reflect on their spiritual life using Peter’s own narrative as a paradigm. The reader cannot but engage with the depth of Peter’s experiences, the failures and the triumphs.
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut, Lebanon
Mike Kuhn challenges us to push back against cultural and religious influences that have distorted our view of ourselves and of what God is doing in his world; to take a fresh look at who we are, honestly acknowledging the “shadow-self” and to humbly submit to the redemptive work – the shaping – that God wants to do in our lives in order to bring us to the “real-self” that God uniquely created each of us to be.
JON WOODROOF, PhD
Sedona Systems, Tennessee, USA
Table of Contents
- Introduction: A Spiritually Formative Journey
- Prologue: Spiritual Formation
- Facing the Shadow-Self
- Stepping into Chaos
- The Unmasking
- The Sifting
- The Pursuit
- Spiritual Reflexes: Part 1
- Spiritual Reflexes: Part 2
- The Reorientation
- The Confrontation
- The Legacy
- Epilogue 1: Going Deeper: Centering Christ in the Old Testament
- Epilogue 2: Peter’s Letters