Good and Beautiful God

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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 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 ...

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The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows

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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 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. / 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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  • ISBN-13: 9781596447974
  • Publisher: eChristian
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 794,480
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    when

    it's in the kindle, when the nook?

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Poor downloading method

    I purchased this audiobook, since Barnes and Noble was the only place that had the version compatible for a Nook. Unfortunately, it did not download as quickly as I thought it would. I called them after two hours and was on the phone with a representative for almost two hours and still did not get this resolved. I ask for a refund and after making several calls, I was told that my refund will be received in a few days but I still have yet to receive it. I am very dissatified with Barnes and Noble. They are not even close to Amazon when it comes to great customer service and resolutions. I will not recommend anyone to buy this book from Barnes and Noble. Poor service...

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