Do you long to experience transformation in community?


Reflecting on the story of the two disciples who meet Christ on the Emmaus Road, Life Together in Christ by Ruth Haley Barton includes substantive teaching, spiritual direction and practical guidance for small groups of spiritual companions who are ready to encounter Christ in transforming ways—on the road of real life.

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Casts a compelling vision for the role of community in our spiritual transformation

Reflections on the Emmaus Road as a Biblical model for transforming community

Designed for groups to read and experience together, with practical guidance included in each chapter

Questions for personal reflection throughout

Based on fifteen years developing and leading the Transforming Center's two-year Transforming Community®

We wrapped up our first 10-week Life Together in Christ Community Challenge

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Reflecting on the story of the two disciples who meet Christ on the Emmaus Road, Ruth offers this interactive guide for small groups of spiritual companions who are ready to encounter Christ in transforming ways—right where they are on the road of real life.

In her latest book, Ruth Haley Barton casts a compelling vision for the role of community in our spiritual transformation. Based on fifteen years developing and leading the Transforming Center’s Transforming Community® experience, Ruth provides practical guidance in the attitudes, practices and experiences that open us to Christ’s transforming presence—so entire communities can embark on the journey of transformation together.


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About author Ruth Haley Barton

Ruth Haley Barton (Doctor of Divinity, Northern Seminary) is Founder and President of the Transforming Center. Dedicated to strengthening the souls of clergy and Christian leaders, the Transforming Center equips them to cultivate communities of spiritual transformation that discern and do the will of God. Over the last fifteen years Ruth has developed the content and process of the Center’s two-year Transforming Community® experience. Along with the Transforming Center team, she has guided hundreds of pastors and ministry leaders through this experience, which has influenced this latest work, Life Together in Christ.

A sought-after teacher, preacher, retreat leader and spiritual director, she has served on the pastoral staff of several churches and is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life. Trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the Institute for Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, she also serves as Adjunct Professor of Spiritual Formation at Northern Seminary.

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