The Magnificent Journey: Living Deep in the Kingdom
:We are told, "Look out for yourself first" and "Nice guys finish last." But following that path leaves us feeling isolated and anxious, and can even take us to a place of ruin. This is not a magnificent journey....
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:We are told, "Look out for yourself first" and "Nice guys finish last." But following that path leaves us feeling isolated and anxious, and can even take us to a place of ruin. This is not a magnificent journey. There is a road to life in the unshakeable kingdom of God, but it's not an easy journey. "We cannot enter into the kingdom unless we take our cross and die to ourselves," writes author James Bryan Smith. "We often assume that this will be painful. And of course it is. But what is the alternative? I can, for example, choose to navigate my life, choose to live as I want, and aim at fulfilling all of my desires. This will result in that despair Kierkegaard wrote of, the sickness unto death... . The wisest choice, then, is to surrender." In The Magnificent Journey, the author shows us the better road, the road less travelled, but the road full of riches. Along the way he introduces us to new spiritual practices that will provide the sustenance we need for the deepest, most joy-filled journey of our lives-the journey into the heart 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.
- <p>how To Get The Most Out Of This Book | 1<br />
- Part One<br />
- Living Deep In The Kingdom<br />
- 1 The Way Of Surrender | 5<br />
- Soul Training Exercise: The Servant Of The Lord | 20<br />
- 2 Growing In Grace And Knowledge | 23<br />
- Soul Training Exercise: In My Father&rsquo;s House | 36<br />
- 3 Living From Above | 39<br />
- Soul Training Exercise: Set Your Mind On Christ | 51<br />
- 4 Listening To God | 53<br />
- Soul Training Exercise: Speak, Lord | 70<br />
- Part Two<br />
- Developing Kingdom Virtues<br />
- 5 Relaxing Into Faith | 75<br />
- Soul Training Exercise: Let It Be Done For Me | 89<br />
- 6 Embracing Hope | 91<br />
- Soul Training Exercise: My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation | 104<br />
- 7 Surprised By Love | 107<br />
- Soul Training Exercise: Go And Bear Fruit | 127<br />
- 8 Discovering A Deeper Joy | 129<br />
- Soul Training Exercise: Blessed Are You | 145<br />
- Acknowledgments | 147<br />
- Study Guide | 149<br />
- Notes | 169</p>