The Good and Beautiful Life (#02 in The Apprentice Series)
I have never met a person whose goal was to ruin his or her life. We all want to be happy, and we want it all of the time." ^^So begins James Bryan Smith in The Good and Beautiful Life....
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I have never met a person whose goal was to ruin his or her life. We all want to be happy, and we want it all of the time."
^^So begins James Bryan Smith in The Good and Beautiful Life. The problem is, he tells us, we have bought into false notions of happiness and success. These self-centered decisions lead us further into the vices that cause ruin: anger, lust, lying, worry and judging. Eventually we find ourselves living a beautifully packaged life of self-destruction.
Includes questions for individual reflection and processing embedded in the text ^Inclues content for small group discussion at the end of each chapter. ^Each chapter includes a description of a suggested companion spiritual practice ^Includes twelve weeks of material for small groups plus an introductory week ^^Following the Sermon on the Mount, this follow-up to The Good and Beautiful God guides us to look behind these character flaws and to replace our false beliefs with Jesus' narratives about life in the kingdom of God.
In this follow-up to his first book, "The Good and Beautiful God," Smith traces through the Sermon on the Mount and helps Christians look behind these sins to replace their false beliefs with Jesus' narratives about life in the kingdom of God.
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.
- How To Get The Most Out Of This Book
- 1 An Invitation To The Good Life
- Soul Training: Writing A Letter To God
- 2 Getting Heaven In Us
- Soul Training: Play
- 3 An Invitation To Blessedness
- Soul Training: Hospitality
- 4 Learning To Live Without Anger
- Soul Training: Keeping The Sabbath
- 5 Learning To Live Without Lust
- Soul Training: Media Fast
- 6 Learning To Live Without Lying
- Soul Training: Silence
- 7 Learning To Bless Those Who Curse Us
- Soul Training: Praying For The Success Of Competitors
- 8 Learning To Live Without Vainglory
- Soul Training: Secret Service
- 9 Learning To Live Without Avarice
- Soul Training: Deaccumulation
- 10 Learning To Live Without Worry
- Soul Training: Prayer
- 11 Learning To Live Without Judging Others
- Soul Training: A Day Without Gossip
- 12 Living In The Kingdom Day By Day
- Soul Training: Living One Day Devotionally
- Appendix: Small Group Discussion Guide