This is a guide for spiritual mountain climbers. In the Scriptures, connecting with Abba often leads to a mountain. Modern spiritual writers have long recognized this scriptural metaphor and explored the nature of this journey of ascent. Drawing on the text of the Bible, works of literature, and the writings of mystics both old and new, Climbing the Spiritual Mountain speaks of the desires and intentions, discipline, and effort involved in developing our intimacy with Christ. In Jesus' dealings with people in the Gospels, he draws them up the spiritual mountain through dialogue and questions. Like Socrates of old, his teaching method probes our thinking, knowledge, and motives. In the process, he stimulates our longing and desire to reach the summit. There are challenges, hurdles, and difficult choices to make as we climb the spiritual mountain. But the reward--approaching the beautiful One who is our Abba--far outshines any sacrifice we may make on the climb. ""Raised in Canada's prairies, mountain climbing wasn't a recreational option. However, Alan and Elizabeth Davey have merged such wonderful metaphors into this spiritual collage that I can feel the strain and stress of the climb. Creatively unwrapping biblical stories, I see new pictures of faith and life. I'm never allowed an escape from the demands and exertion of the climb. Yet I'm affirmed in learning again what I already know and what is seen for the first time. Their insights provide three-dimensional viewing of the story, allowing me to overlay it on my life. This is a wonderful book for small groups, using a chapter a week, pressing into issues and concerns sometimes we leave aside. It is one I'll pass on to untrained and experienced mountain climbers alike."" --Brian C. Stiller, Global Ambassador, The World Evangelical Alliance, New York, NY ""This book is rich in spiritual and pastoral insight, rooted in sound biblical exegesis. Through an examination of Jesus's most probing questions, and the metaphor of an alpine ascent, it leads the reader on a journey toward greater intimacy with God. Each chapter is replete with the reflections of writers, modern and ancient, who wrestled with the pursuit of spiritual authenticity. It is an excellent resource for those new to the Christian faith, and those who seek refreshment and renewal."" -- John Kessler, Professor of Old Testament, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, Canada Alan Davey is the senior pastor of Weston Park Baptist Church, an inner-city church in Toronto, Canada, and Adjunct Professor of Christian Spirituality and Worship at Tyndale University College. Elizabeth Davey is Associate Professor of English at Tyndale University College in Toronto.