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The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ
     

The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ

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by James Bryan Smith
 

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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,

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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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Todd D. Hunter
"Jim Smith is the most articulate, accurate and helpful writer of spiritual formation of my generation. I give this series my highest recommendation."
Dallas Willard
"The Apprentice Series the the best practice I have seen in Christian spiritual formation."
Richard J. Foster
"The Apprentice Series 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 these books immediately! Read them and apply them. Then live them out in the context of a loving community. You will not regret doing so."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830835324
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
12/11/2009
Series:
The Apprentice Series
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
121,523
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are Saying About This

Dallas Willard
"The Apprentice Series the the best practice I have seen in Christian spiritual formation."
Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy
Todd D. Hunter
"Jim Smith is the most articulate, accurate and helpful writer of spiritual formation of my generation. I give this series my highest recommendation."
Todd D. Hunter, author of Giving Church Another Chance
Richard J. Foster
"The Apprentice Series 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 these books immediately! Read them and apply them. Then live them out in the context of a loving community. You will not regret doing so."
Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline and coauthor of Longing for God

Meet the Author

James Bryan Smith (MDiv, Yale University Divinity School, DMin, 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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Good and Beautiful Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Among the best books I've ever read. This series of 3 is life changing. JBS is a wonderfully gifted communicator. Not to be missed.
wodiej More than 1 year ago
Lots of information; translates what is meant in the Beatitudes of Sermon on the Mount; easy read; very inspiring and life long lessons to help every day life.