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The Good and Beautiful God (#01 in The Apprentice Series)

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Turning to the Gospels, James Bryan Smith invites you to compare your ideas about with what Jesus himself reveals about his Father. Smith leads you through a process of spiritual formation that includes specific activities aimed at making these new...


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Turning to the Gospels, James Bryan Smith invites you to compare your ideas about with what Jesus himself reveals about his Father. Smith leads you through a process of spiritual formation that includes specific activities aimed at making these new narratives real in your body and soul as well as your mind. A Renovaré and Willow Creek Resource."God wants me to try harder."^^"God blesses me when I'm good and punishes me when I'm bad."^^"God is angry with me."^^We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true--but many are false. James Bryan Smith believes those thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In fact, Smith declares, the most important thing about a person is what they think about God. The path to spiritual transformation begins here.^^Turning to the Gospels, Smith invites you to put your ideas to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God. Once you've discovered the truth in Scripture, Smith leads you through a process of spiritual formation that includes specific activities aimed at making these new narratives real in your body and soul as well as your mind. ^^At the end of each chapter you'll find an opportunity for soul training, engaging in spiritual practices that reinforce the biblical messages on your mind and heart. Because the best way to make a complete and lasting change is to go through the material in community, small group discussion questions also accompany each chapter. Those who are leading apprentice groups will also find additional help and opportunities to interact with other leaders at the Apprentice website, www.apprenticeofjesus.com.^^This deep, loving and transformative book will help you discover the narratives that Jesus lived by--to know the Lord he knew and the kingdom he proclaimed--and to practice spiritual exercises that will help you grow in the knowledge of our good and beautiful God.Introduction^How to Get the Most Out of This Book^1. What Are You Seeking?^Soul Training: Sleep^2. God is Good^Soul Training:Silence and Awareness of Creation^3. God is Trustworthy^Soul Training: Counting Your Blessings^4. God is Generous^Soul Training: Praying Psalm 23^5. God is Love^Soul Training: Lectio Divina^6. God is Holy^Soul Training: Margin^7. God is Self-Sacrificing^Soul Training; Reading the Gospel of John^8. God Transforms^Soul Training: Solitude^9. How to Make a Pickle^Soul Training: Slowing Down^Appendix: Small Group Discussion Guide^Notes^Acknowledgments

Over 200,000 sold! "God wants me to try harder." "God blesses me when I'm good and punishes me when I'm bad." "God is angry with me." We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true-but many are false. James Bryan Smith believes those thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In fact, Smith declares, the most important thing about a person is what they think about God. The path to spiritual transformation begins here. Turning to the Gospels, Smith invites you to put your ideas to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God. Once you've discovered the truth in Scripture, Smith leads you through a process of spiritual formation that includes specific activities aimed at making these new narratives real in your body and soul as well as your mind. At the end of each chapter you'll find an opportunity for soul training, engaging in spiritual practices that reinforce the biblical messages on your mind and heart. Because the best way to make a complete and lasting change is to go through the material in community, small group discussion questions also accompany each chapter. Those who are leading apprentice groups will also find additional help and opportunities to interact with other leaders at the Apprentice website, www.apprenticeofjesus.com. This deep, loving and transformative book will help you discover the narratives that Jesus lived by-to know the Lord he knew and the kingdom he proclaimed-and to practice spiritual exercises that will help you grow in the knowledge of our good and beautiful God.^^"God blesses me when I'm good and punishes me when I'm bad."^^"God is angry with me."^^We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true--but many are false. James Bryan Smith believes those thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In fact, Smith declares, the most important thing about a person is what they think about God. The path to spiritual transformation begins here.^^Turning to the Gospels, Smith invites you to put your ideas to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God. Once you've discovered the truth in Scripture, Smith leads you through a process of spiritual formation that includes specific activities aimed at making these new narratives real in your body and soul as well as your mind. ^^At the end of each chapter you'll find an opportunity for soul training, engaging in spiritual practices that reinforce the biblical messages on your mind and heart. Because the best way to make a complete and lasting change is to go through the material in community, small group discussion questions also accompany each chapter. Those who are leading apprentice groups will also find additional help and opportunities to interact with other leaders at the Apprentice website, www.apprenticeofjesus.com.^^This deep, loving and transformative book will help you discover the narratives that Jesus lived by--to know the Lord he knew and the kingdom he proclaimed--and to practice spiritual exercises that will help you grow in the knowledge of our good and beautiful God.Introduction^How to Get the Most Out of This Book^1. What Are You Seeking?^Soul Training: Sleep^2. God is Good^Soul Training:Silence and Awareness of Creation^3. God is Trustworthy^Soul Training: Counting Your Blessings^4. God is Generous^Soul Training: Praying Psalm 23^5. God is Love^Soul Training: Lectio Divina^6. God is Holy^Soul Training: Margin^7. God is Self-Sacrificing^Soul Training; Reading the Gospel of John^8. God Transforms^Soul Training: Solitude^9. How to Make a Pickle^Soul Training: Slowing Down^Appendix: Small Group Discussion Guide^Notes^Acknowledgments
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James Bryan Smith

James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, KS and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation.
A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministery, Renovar, Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is the author 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.


Most recently he has been involved in developing the Appprectice Series- throughout the series, which includes The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautful Life and The Good and Beautiful Church, Smith helps us discard the flawed narratives of our hearts and replace them with the truths God reveals in his word about himself, the Christian life and his Church.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

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