After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters
  • After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters
  • After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters

After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters

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by N. T. Wright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0061730556

ISBN-13: 9780061730559

Pub. Date: 03/02/2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

From the author of the acclaimed Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope comes a book that addresses the question that has plagued humans for centuries—what is our purpose? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time between baptism and the funeral? It's easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how

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From the author of the acclaimed Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope comes a book that addresses the question that has plagued humans for centuries—what is our purpose? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time between baptism and the funeral? It's easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how we are going to live in the here and now.

Wright dispels the common misconception that Christian living is nothing more than a checklist of dos and don'ts. Nor is it a prescription to "follow your heart" wherever it may lead. Instead, After You Believe reveals the Bible's call for a revolution—a transformation of character that takes us beyond our earthly pursuit of money, sex, and power into a virtuous state of living that allows us to reflect God and live more worshipful, fulfilling lives.

We are all spiritual seekers, intuitively knowing there is more to life than we suspect. This is a book for anyone who is hoping there is something more while we're here on Earth. There is. We are being called to join the revolution, and Wright insightfully encourages readers to find new purpose and clarity by taking us on an eye-opening journey through key biblical passages that promise to radically alter the work of the church and the direction of our lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061730559
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Pages:
307
Sales rank:
682,326
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 What Am I Here For? 1

2 The Transformation of Character 27

3 Priests and Rulers 73

4 The Kingdom Coming and the People Prepared 101

5 Transformed by the Renewal of the Mind 135

6 Three Virtues, Nine Varieties of Fruit, and One Body 181

7 Virtue in Action: The Royal Priesthood 219

8 The Virtuous Circle 257

Afterword: Further Reading 285

Notes 291

Scripture Index 293

Subject Index 297

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After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Christian-Scholar More than 1 year ago
"After You Believe" is an important book. It very clearly describes what happens after the all-important first step is taken by a Christian, which is entrusting our lives to the Lord. Once this step is taken, a transformation begins that gradually conforms our "will" to God's "Will". And this conformation leads to changes in the way we think and the way we behave. Taking that first step (of letting go of our lives) leads to a transformation that causes us to become the person that God created us to to be and Mr. Wright does an excellent job of describing this concept in his book. I would also recommend reading "A Life Worth Living" by Michael Schuyler, which provides an excellent discussion of the behaviors that we can expect as we are transformed by God.
pipeandslippers More than 1 year ago
Tom Wright is possibly the most knowledgeable and intelligent theologian writing today. While some of his teaching may not be accepted by the 'religious right' in this country, no one can reasonably argue with the knowledge, understanding and logic he brings to Christianity. This is a very good text for general readers and group studies.
SamTekoa More than 1 year ago
This is a good book providing a wise perspective for those who have faith in Christ and want to succeed in the Christian life.
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Haven't finished reading the book - it's not one to read rapidly. I do like N. T. Wright's books on the New Testament. I find this one very helpful in sorting out thoughts and beliefs.
whataboutthekurds More than 1 year ago
Man, you Christians sure are pathetic. Do you actually question whjy you exist? You exist because you were conceived, survived  long enough to be born, and lived. Your purpose is to breath, eat, grow, mate, and die. No mystery to me. The Bible was written by a group of men centuries ago. Nothing in it was not known by the people who wrote it at the time and place it was written. Absoluitely nothing. That's a pretty big clue ityb was written by men, not some Divine Creature. Not a word about germs, New World, Chemistry, Gravity, Not even circulation of Blood. No electricity, radio waves. Nothing those people didn't already know then. And only where it was written. If that doesn't convince you, you're just morons. As for "FAITH". It means hope. It's a feeling. It's not a material thing. It's not measurable. Stop using it like it's a diamond ring or something. You've been getting away with using it like it's gold forever. It just means HOPE. It deserves no more respect than a warm bath. My atheism is "faith based" just as much. I HOPE God doesn''t exist. From what I've read, he's a unfair, jealouse, mean, spiteful insane vguy who destroys whole cities, floods the whole Earth, for fun. As for "giving" his only begotten son, it would seem he could have had 10000 sons. Why only one? Some sacrifice. As for the Jews, he killed way more of them and they didn't rise after. As for Jesus coming back? He's been back lots of times, but you guys keep killing him again.