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Toward a Better Life dUge leaps of growth as often as the opportunity presents itself For both seasons of life The Good Beautiful God suited my soul beautifully It ll be a book I recommend freuently as well as a pool of wisdom I ll return to routinely to have a refreshingrink My former Theology professor suggested this book to me to read I had expected eep theological writing *That Would Take A While To Get Through I W *would take a while to get through I w were going to give this book away when moving But I was like hey I haven t read it yet Lemme just have a uick look So I speed read the thing in one and a half ays After that I was like NO WAY I AM KEEPING THIS THINGBecause it was so jam packed with wisdom you can t Schaums Outline of Microbiology, Second Edition digest it in twoays It has alternate chapters for the teaching then the practical tips You gotta DO IT to reap the fullest results It can be pretty intelectual and info packed for some people but hey YOU ARE ALL BOOK WORMS AND WORD LOVERS NO And for thos ewho After the Rubicon don t mind THIS IS SUCH A MUST READFrom sleeping well to learning how to live in the now toiscussing the wrath of God this book is so worth your timeI highly recommend to all who read Christian nonfic I had a lot of problems with this book when lining it up against God s Word Even the subtitle *following in love with the God Jesus knows is hard to get past We are to love God *in love with the God Jesus knows is hard to get past We are to love God fall in love with Him We are to love God that would include Christ since He is the Son Smith credits the book to at least two uakers and two Catholics of whom he says that if you read the book you are reading their writings If you are familiar with the Renovare and the Emergent church then you realize that these are ecumenical which include Roman Catholicism and eastern thought These teachings are foreign to the ScripturesSmith adheres to extra biblical content to acuire isciplines that are essential for being formed into Christlikeness The Scripture claims the growth or transformation is through the renewing of the mind by God s Word through the power of the Holy Spirit Romans 1212 1 Peter 22 2 Peter 13 8Smith states that these isciplines in the book are essential and means Peter 13 8Smith states that these isciplines in the book are essential and means acuiring God s grace This is a worksgrace teachingThe book has smatterings of truth throughout the book but its basis and foundational teaching conflict with God s Word and most believers are not well read in the Scriptures to iscern the errors I would only recommend this book to someone who was sharpening their critiue skills Using a highlighter to evaluate the teachings and understanding the strange terms that are thrown aroundI have seen this movement Accounting for Taste do some seriousamage to believers and churches This was a nice small group bible study read 35 Star. Go through the material in community small group Anarchist Modernism discussion uestions 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 wwwapprenticeofjesuscom Thiseep loving and transformative book will help you iscover 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 .
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This is by far the *Best Book I Read In *book I read in I *tend to steer away from religious booksbut this one was captivating and *to steer away from religious booksbut this one was captivating and relevant to today s society It explores the facts about God that you rarely hear in churches Did you know God is love Did you know He is not an angry monster Did you know Christians are not sinners saved by Grace If notthen let this book awaken you to the truth of the GospelGod is beautiful and Bignot only that but He is crazy in love with youDump ead religionand embrace the Gospel James Bryan Smith believes that our idea of God shapes everything about how we view and engage our world He also believes that we cannot change our view of God by mere human effort nor the way we live in light of this Rather he believes having been influenced by Dallas Willard that transformation comes from God and that we put ourselves in the place where we may experience this through spiritual practices or soul training exercises where God can break in and change us from the inside outThis This is a wonderful study that we id with my Sunday School class Jim Smith oes an excellent job of painting a picture of the God Jesus knows while sharing personal experiences of his own Doing this in a group is fantastic because you notice parts of each chapter you may have missed reading it on your own Smith incorporates soul training exercises at the end of each chapter
for you to really internalize each conceptlesson For example when you learn about slowing own he challenges us to chooseyou to really internalize each conceptlesson For example when you learn about slowing own he challenges us to choose slow lane on the highway turn off tv for 24 hours or His Virgin Secretary deliberately get in the longest line at the grocery store Some are challenging than others but I learned so much My favorite was the week where we listed our blessings on paper 25 eachay It changed my whole mindsetIt s the first of a 3 part series and we re moving on to the Good and Beautiful Life this Sunday I m eager to see what I can learn in this next book One of my church s adult bible study group choose to work through this book this uater The leader hadn t finished reading this book she choose it based on reviews This is the first in a series of three books to be used for spiritual formation in a group Bible study It is written by a uaker who is a mystic The practices it teaches promote mysticism This book teaches practices common to Cafeteria Christianity where passages of the Bible that emphasize God s mercy are highlighted and the fact that God can get angry are ignoredI could not stand this book because it gave a fluffy bunny view of God a God that is all loving Unfortunately God is much complex and has been known to anger Unfortunately this fluffy bunny view of God is a trend. Over 200000 soldGod 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 Bachelors and Bunnies determine not only who we are but how we live In fact Smitheclares 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. Among uakers for they tend to rely on feelings over scripture in testing Both Hands Tied doctrine Thisoes come to play in this book In the second chapter Smith rejects the concept of the wrathful God in favor of a strictly loving God There is one problem with this the Bible The apostle Paul in Romans 25 6 Bread of Dreams describes God s anger it this way But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath against yourself for theay of God s wrath when his righteous judgment will be revealed God will give to each person according to what he has oneWHO IS THIS
BOOK FORPeople wanting to learn basic Christian prayer and meditation techniues includingFORPeople wanting to learn basic Christian prayer and meditation techniues including Divina as long as you understand that Smith is a uaker very liberal and this book is efinitely Cafeteria ChristianityWHO IS THIS BOOK NOT FORModerate and conservative Christians who Calvinists Incorporated dislike CafeteriaFluffy Bunny ChristianityChristians who have crossed swords with wickedevilseverely personalityisordered people Good easy read Great introduction to the work of Dallas Willard and Richard Foster I have a few minor uibbles Smith tends toward the mystical and pushes the you re a saint not a sinner paradigm which I Building Ideas don t think is helpful or accurate I prefer Luther s simul justus et peccator or Keller s You are far worse off than you ever imagined but at the same time loved than you everreamed Worth reading if only for this brilliant insight By the power of the Holy Spirit we change based on three things Narratives you believe Community you re in Habits you engage inThis sums up much of what I ve "been learning recently and what I ve observed in 20 years of college ministry I always know I m in the "learning recently and what I ve observed in 20 years of college ministry I always know I m in the of God when I feel two intense conflicting emotions at the same time conviction AND empowerment This book ushers me into the presence of GodThis was my fourth time through this book I ve even written worksheets to accompany the material and this was my second time through THOSE and there is just such richness and Betting on Ideas depth to these thoughts that it feels like a new book every time At times the god that I worship is very much UNlike the God that Jesus knows the outcomes of my god are allestructive I want freedom in life I want the abundant life that God promised *and I want to make a ifference in the world all *I want to make a ifference in the world all of these things have the same needed element of success I must fall in love with the God Jesus knows and stop clinging to the god I THINK I knowI first picked up the book in a time of life where I was fairly angry with God The Good Beautiful God began to strip away the wrong beliefs I had and help my heart heal Now I m in a season of life where I m thirsty to take The test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God Once you've Casuistry and Modern Ethics 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.