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Becoming Curious


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Table of Contents

Foreword by James Bryan Smith
Introduction: The Gift
1. Why Curiosity Matters
2. Growing Young
3. What Do You Want Me to Do for You?
4. A Question of Identity
5. A Question of Motivation
6. A Question of Others
7. A Question of Love and Failure
8. A Question of Ritual
9. A Question of Forgiveness
10. A Question of Change
Conclusion: Final Question
Leader's Notes

About the Author

Casey Tygrett (DMin, Lincoln Christian Seminary) is a pastor, blogger, adjunct seminary professor, and spiritual director who serves as the teaching pastor at Heartland Community Church in Rockford, Illinois. He was previously pastor of spiritual formation at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, Illinois, and has taught at Lincoln Christian University and Seminary and Emmanuel Christian Seminary. He is the author of The Jesus Rhythm, and has written for The Christian Standard,, and the Apprentice Institute blog. James Bryan Smith (MDiv, Yale University Divinity School, DMin, Fuller Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He also serves as the director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University. A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, Renovare, Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is also the editor of A Spiritual Formation Workbook, Devotional Classics (with Richard Foster), Embracing the Love of God, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven and Room of Marvels.


"Combining the spiritual practice of curiosity with the art of asking soulful questions is a salutary path to inward transformation and social change. Just consider what would happen if through every community, people asked, 'What can I do for you?'"--Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice, May 2017
"Recommended for new believers or those needing spiritual reorientation."--Gerald Wisz, Christian Market, June 2017
"Curiosity may have killed the cat, but for Casey Tygrett it is also an essential ingredient to human growth. It takes only a little curiosity to move us toward knowing our friends better, to stumble across unforeseen opportunities, to understand our own thoughts and feelings. Pastor, blogger, spiritual director and author, Tygrett takes an engaging approach to being more curious. When we stop asking questions, he says, we give up. That's how asking questions becomes a spiritual practice."--Chauncey Mabe, Success Magazine, April 28, 2017

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