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"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 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 the pages of this book you are invited 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 ...

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Overview

"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 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 the pages of this book you are invited 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, you can engage in 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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Steve Gioielli
Other authors have written extensively on spiritual disciplines and the spiritual life, but few have created a curriculum that is as accessible to the common believer seeking spiritual growth. I exuberantly recommend this book to anyone interested in a practical model of spiritual growth.
Scot McKnight
"I predict this book, and the two more in the series, will become deeply influential books in evangelical churches that want to deepen spiritual formation."
Richard J. Foster
"This first book in The Apprentice Series, The Good and Beautiful God, is a treasure. Dr. Smith has thought long and hard about the process of human transformation into the likeness of Jesus. I urge you to buy this book immediately! Read it and apply it. Then live it out in the context of a loving community. You will not regret doing so."
Todd Hunter
"I know from our long relationship that Jim Smith is a fine and trustworthy man, who authentically knows 'the good and beautiful God.' I can think of no higher compliment than this: I would happily trust the care of my soul to Jim and the good and beautiful God he commends to us."
Dallas Willard
"The Apprentice Series is the best practice I have seen in Christian spiritual formation."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340996027
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011

Meet the Author

James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, D.Min., Fuller Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He also serves as the director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University.

A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, Renovaré Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is also the editor 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

How to Get the Most Out of This Book 17

1 What Are You Seeking? 19

Soul Training: Sleep

2 God Is Good 37

Soul Training: Silence and Awareness of Creation

3 God Is Trustworthy 55

Soul Training: Counting Your Blessings

4 God Is Generous 75

Soul Training: Praying Psalm 23

5 God Is Love 93

Soul Training: Lectio Divina

6 God Is Holy 113

Soul Training: Margin

7 God Is Self-Sacrificing 133

Soul Training: Reading the Gospel of John

8 God Transforms 149

Soul Training: Solitude

9 How to Make a Pickle 171

Soul Training: Slowing Down

Appendix: Small Group Discussion Guide 193

Notes 219

Acknowledgments 227

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Life Changing

    This book is truly life changing. I've read it four times now. I am participating in my third study. My husband and I read it together, then led a study at our church and now I am co-leading a study at work. My new narrative is that I am a person in whom Christ dwells. We have purchased several copies to give to people when they ask about the change they see in our lives. Read this book--and you will definitely fall in love with the God that Jesus knew.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

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    Great for small groups!

    This book was a good kick in the pants to this forgetful Christian that real transformation requires regular attention. I don't know that the book contains much new information, but it is written in an accessible and refreshing way. Smith also provides some good, practical ideas for how to put the Christian disciplines into practice in a way that is feasible for busy people. I am in a small group with other 30-somethings and we are enjoying this book greatly.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

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    it's in the kindle, when the nook?

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Wonderfully written, deeply profound

    James Bryan Smith writes in such a way as to cause one to clearly see the wisdom and easily agree with the importance of getting to know God. It makes good sense to know our creator and our father more in this world. By growing in love or our loving God, we move more toward him. In doing so, we not only receive abundant blessings but also fortify our lives with God's loving protection in an increasingly unstable world.
    This good book provides a rich source of valuable life enhancements for making life much better here and in our next, eternal life as well.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    Highly Recommend

    a well written aid to spiritual development

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