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Lost? Explore the way to life!
We've lost the way that leads to life. With competing priorities and rival demands, we're more confused than ever in how to live the life Jesus offers. Is it the church way, the American way, or the busy way? With so many ways facing us, we're more paralyzed than alive; more perplexed than sure; more bewildered than confident. The Jesus Life offers eight compelling ways to help us rediscover what it really means ...
Lost? Explore the way to life!
We've lost the way that leads to life. With competing priorities and rival demands, we're more confused than ever in how to live the life Jesus offers. Is it the church way, the American way, or the busy way? With so many ways facing us, we're more paralyzed than alive; more perplexed than sure; more bewildered than confident. The Jesus Life offers eight compelling ways to help us rediscover what it really means to follow Jesus in the 21st ccentury.
Part 1 Losing Our Way
1 Recovering Your Life: We've Lost the Way That Leads to Life 17
Part 2 Walking in the Way
2 The Rhythm of Jesus: Living a Life That Sustains 33
3 The Way Jesus "Did" His Life: Exploring His Way as Our Way 53
Part 3 Finding the Way
4 The Way of Dailiness: Living the Jesus Life Every Day 67
5 The Way of Hiddenness: Choosing Obscurity to Cultivate Life 85
6 The Way of Family: Living the Life with Our Family and Those Closest to Us 107
7 The Way of Companionship: Cultivating Friendships in Reality and Truth 125
8 The Way of the Table: Savoring a Sacred Mystery 143
9 The Way of Doing Good: Extending Life to Others 163
10 The Way of Ritual: Creating Signposts as We Journey through Life 181
11 The Way of Suffering: Understanding the Role of Pain and Suffering 197
Part 4 Living the Life
12 A Good Life: Learning to Wear the Easy Yoke of Jesus 221
Table: Jewish Feasts and Festivals in the Old Testament 232
Discussion Guide 233
Posted May 10, 2013
Posted January 30, 2013
With a busy schedule, it took me awhile to be able to read and review, "The Jesus Life: Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity" by Stephen W. Smith, and as I read it, each chapter divided by a "way", it really had me stopped and reflect, how "busy" I was versus how "really busy" life looked to me.
Taking cues from Jesus's own life and ministry, this isn't a checklist type of book, nor is this a cure all, and it doesn't promise to be a self help Biblical book, but what it is, is what the title promises the contents to be....about recovering an Authentic Christianity, that in the 21st century seems to be something, everyone who is a follower of Christ is pursuing.
Stephen W. Smith, shares common place, down to earth, this is how as a Christian we can live a life that is filled with meaning and is authentic, versus one of pursuing one fad after another and calling it a "Christian life".
The book is not hard hitting but rather remarkable in that, for its depth, "The Jesus Life: Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity" just provides an honest, down to earth, get away from the church routines and this is about everyday living...that is just...well..simple.
This makes this book remarkable because it is like a good friend, pulling you to the side and going...breathe...there is more to life than just "fill in the blank, whatever the circumstances" that is going on in your life.
In the middle of a busy life and schedules, as I read the book, I found myself mentally go, "I need to remember, at the end of the day, this is what is important, not that, which in hindsight, had the appearance of importance than it really did; This makes the book,"The Jesus Life: Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity" sound cliche but its a much needed honest reminder how we can get ourselves, not only over whelmed but stuck in routines, that after awhile...make our Christian life and sometimes lack of growth, physically, mentally and spiritually, feel more robotic than it actually should be in our lives.
The discussion questions, provided at the end of each question, are much needed conversation starters, be it to oneself, with one's spouse or if this is read in a group setting and throughout the book, the author, Stephen W. Smith, provides workable ideas that can be incorporated in anyone's life if they are open to make those necessary life changes.
The book,"The Jesus Life: Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity" also stands out, in that at the very end of the book, Stephen offers a website to access sermon outlines and more information that is related to the book, and in the process bring a deeper depth that doesn't end at the end of the book, but with the website, make his book, more interactive and accessible to the average reader.
We live in a very busy world and with the book, "The Jesus Life: Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity", its a much needed reminder for all of us, the importance of taking steps back and re-connecting, sometimes at the very simplest levels to have a deeper and richer relationship with Jesus Christ.
***Thank you to the author and publisher of the book, for the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for my personal opinion and review***
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Posted November 14, 2013
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