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

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

by James Bryan Smith


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830835317
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 06/05/2009
Series: The Apprentice Series
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 89,838
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.95(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

How to Get the Most Out of This Book
1. What Are You Seeking?
Soul Training: Sleep
2. God is Good
Soul Training:Silence and Awareness of Creation
3. God is Trustworthy
Soul Training: Counting Your Blessings
4. God is Generous
Soul Training: Praying Psalm 23
5. God is Love
Soul Training: Lectio Divina
6. God is Holy
Soul Training: Margin
7. God is Self-Sacrificing
Soul Training; Reading the Gospel of John
8. God Transforms
Soul Training: Solitude
9. How to Make a Pickle
Soul Training: Slowing Down
Appendix: Small Group Discussion Guide

What People are Saying About This

Dallas Willard

"The Apprentice Series is the best practice I have seen in Christian spiritual formation."
Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy

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."
Todd Hunter, author of Christianity Beyond Belief and pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Costa Mesa

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."
Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline and coauthor of Longing for God

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Good and Beautiful God 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
HannahDL More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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James-Keven More than 1 year ago
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.
RobbieLee More than 1 year ago
a well written aid to spiritual development
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FamFG More than 1 year ago
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...
Ronnew More than 1 year ago
it's in the kindle, when the nook?