The Good and Beautiful God

The Good and Beautiful God
Author: James Bryan Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2012-02-16
ISBN: 1444721968
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good and Beautiful God Book Excerpt:

THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL GOD is the first book in the Apprentice Series, which along with three other titles forms 'a curriculum for Christlikeness'. THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL GOD focuses on the character of God and how we can move into a life of intimacy with him. What we believe about God is of huge importance to our lives: the path to spiritual transformation begins here. Each chapter uncovers the narratives by which Jesus lived, and includes a 'soul-training' exercise to help embed this narrative into our minds, bodies and souls. Each chapter also includes questions that can be used for individual reflection or group discussion.

The Good and Beautiful Life

The Good and Beautiful Life
Author: James Bryan Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2012-02-16
ISBN: 144472195X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good and Beautiful Life Book Excerpt:

THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL LIFE is the second book in the Apprentice Series, which along with three other titles forms 'a curriculum for Christlikeness'. THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL LIFE introduces the reader to the kingdom of God and focuses on our inward character, dealing specifically with some of the most problematic vices: anger, lust, lying, worry, judging others and so on. Following the Sermon on the Mount, this book looks at the narratives behind these character flaws and replaces them with Jesus' narratives about life in the kingdom of God. Each chapter includes a 'soul-training' exercise to help embed Jesus' narratives into our minds, bodies and souls, along with questions that can be used for individual reflection or group discussion.

The Good and Beautiful Series

The Good and Beautiful Series
Author: James Bryan Smith
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2010-01-11
ISBN: 9780830835409
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good and Beautiful Series Book Excerpt:

James Bryan Smith believes the gospel is about change in our lives today, not just our eternal destiny. In The Good and Beautiful Series he aims to help Christians develop a robust discipleship by helping them understand who God is, what it means to be a Christian and what it means to live in community as a part of God's kingdom. Throughout the series, which includes The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautful Life and The Good and Beautiful Community, Smith encourages you to read, journal, pray, discuss and participate in weekly spiritual exercises to help you engage with the text. As you work through the books individually (or more ideally in a group setting) you'll discover your heart being shaped by the truth of Christ—and your life being changed. Get to know the God Jesus knew and the Kingdom he proclaimed. The transformation you seek will come as a direct result of spending focused time with him and his people. A Renovaré Resource.

The Good and Beautiful Life

The Good and Beautiful Life
Author: James Bryan Smith
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2009-12-14
ISBN: 9780830878765
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good and Beautiful Life Book Excerpt:

James Bryan Smith believes we have bought into false notions of happiness and success. In this follow up to his first book, The Good and Beautiful God, Smith traces through the Sermon on the Mount and helps us replace our false beliefs with Jesus' narratives about life in the kingdom of God.

The Good and Beautiful Community

The Good and Beautiful Community
Author: James Bryan Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2010-08-19
ISBN: 1444702211
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good and Beautiful Community Book Excerpt:

THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY is the third book in the Apprentice Series, which along with three other titles forms 'a curriculum for Christlikeness'. THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY focuses on helping us learn how to live as apprentices of Jesus in our ordinary, everyday lives. How do we live out Jesus' kingdom vision in our families? What impact will our lives with God have on our lives at work? In what ways can we change the world we live in? Each chapter includes a 'soul-training' exercise to help embed Jesus' narratives into our minds, bodies and souls, along with questions that can be used for individual reflection or group discussion.

The Good and Beautiful Community

The Good and Beautiful Community
Author: James Bryan Smith
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2010-07-21
ISBN: 9780830861255
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good and Beautiful Community Book Excerpt:

In the third book in the Apprentice Series, James Bryan Smith helps you to live in relationship with others as apprentices of Jesus. He shows how to bring spiritual formation and community engagement together, and he offers spiritual practices that root new, true narratives about God and the world in your soul.

The Good and Beautiful God

The Good and Beautiful God
Author: James Bryan Smith
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 229
Release: 2010
ISBN: 9780796310897
Category: God (Christianity)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Good and Beautiful You

The Good and Beautiful You
Author: James Bryan Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2022-05-26
ISBN: 1399802933
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good and Beautiful You Book Excerpt:

The Christian faith is about much more than belief and practices - it's also about the kind of people that we become. Yet some of the biggest barriers to our transformation come from our own toxic narratives about ourselves, narratives that shape the way we see ourselves and the way we interact with the world. We are made with a deep longing in our souls to be wanted, loved, alive and connected to God. Healing our souls requires more than knowing what God thinks about us. Our healing comes not through reason alone, but through revelation. 'The best practice I have seen in Christian spiritual formation' was Dallas Willard's endorsement of the Good and Beautiful series a decade ago. Now this fourth book in the series, The Good and Beautiful You, addresses the self-narratives that hinder spiritual growth and the desires of the soul that only God can satisfy. James Bryan Smith reminds us how Scripture reveals the beauty and goodness of our own souls and how we long for healing that only God can provide. Complete with spiritual practices that help us live into that reality, The Good and Beautiful You will serve as a welcome companion on your journey to discover who you truly are in Christ.

On God The Soul Evil and the Rise of Christianity

On God  The Soul  Evil and the Rise of Christianity
Author: John Peter Kenney
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2018-12-27
ISBN: 1501314009
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On God The Soul Evil and the Rise of Christianity Book Excerpt:

Reading Augustine is a new line of books offering personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religious scholars. The aim of the series is to make clear Augustine's importance to contemporary thought and to present Augustine not only or primarily as a pre-eminent Christian thinker but as a philosophical, spiritual, literary and intellectual icon of the West. Why did the ancients come to adopt monotheism and Christianity? On God, The Soul, Evil and the Rise of Christianity introduces possible answers to that question by looking closely at the development of the thought of Augustine of Hippo, whose complex spiritual trajectory included Gnosticism, academic skepticism, pagan Platonism, and orthodox Christianity. What was so compelling about Christianity and how did Augustine become convinced that his soul could enter into communion with a transcendent God? The apparently sudden shift of ancient culture to monotheism and Christianity was momentous, defining the subsequent nature of Western religion and thought. John Peter Kenney shows us that Augustine offers an unusually clear vantage point to understand the essential ideas that drove that transition.

Shepherding God s People

Shepherding God s People
Author: Siang-Yang Tan
Publsiher: Baker Academic
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-07-16
ISBN: 1493418289
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shepherding God s People Book Excerpt:

This comprehensive textbook on pastoral ministry for pastors, church leaders, and students articulates a biblical model for shepherding God's people. Written by a leading psychologist and seminary professor who has served as a pastor for more than two decades, the book covers twelve major areas of pastoral ministry, highlights the essential work of the Holy Spirit, and focuses on the personal and family life of the pastor. It includes cross-cultural perspectives of special interest in our diverse world and a foreword by John Ortberg.

Equipped to Tell the Next Generation

Equipped to Tell the Next Generation
Author: Donna R. Ryan
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2020-04-15
ISBN: 1725261502
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Equipped to Tell the Next Generation Book Excerpt:

Equipped to Tell the Next Generation bridges the gap between knowing and sharing our faith in Jesus by revealing areas of our beliefs and practices which have been syncretized with twenty-first-century American culture: relative truth, consumerism, pleasure, an independent spirit, the victim mentality, and the culture of doubt. These go to the heart of who we are and keep Christians from telling people about Jesus in winsome ways. This book provides the solution: recover the holiness of God, his ultimate characteristic, which holds all his characteristics in perfect unity. Rather than legalism, genuine holiness is the highest beauty which produces wholeness because it balances holy love, holy righteousness, repentance of sin, peace, and respect for all people and all of God’s creation. When we meet a holy God, we want to worship and to serve him because the beauty of holiness touches the very essence of our being. It becomes our greatest desire to please him because of the deep love we find there, a holy love unlike what the world offers. This book will take you on a journey to recover the things compromised to culture and will equip you to tell the next generation about Jesus.

The Soliloquies

The Soliloquies
Author: St. Augustine of Hippo
Publsiher: Jazzybee Verlag
Total Pages: 98
Release: 2022
ISBN: 384969206X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Soliloquies Book Excerpt:

The Soliloquies were written by St. Augustine in the 4th-century. The two books contain an "inner dialogue" with questions, answers and thorough discussions, that finally aim to gain self-knowledge. While in the first book the dialogue longs to know a soul, it becomes evident in the second book that it is the author himself who wants to get to know his own.

The Worship Journey

The Worship Journey
Author: Andy Park
Publsiher: Harmon Press
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2010-11
ISBN: 1935959034
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Golden Bough

The Golden Bough
Author: James George Frazer
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 374
Release: 2012-04-26
ISBN: 1108047394
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Golden Bough Book Excerpt:

This work by Sir James Frazer (1854-1941) is widely considered to be one of the most important early texts in the fields of psychology and anthropology. At the same time, by applying modern methods of comparative ethnography to the classical world, and revealing the superstition and irrationality beneath the surface of the classical culture which had for so long been a model for Western civilisation, it was extremely controversial. Frazer was greatly influenced by E. B. Tylor's Primitive Culture (also reissued in this series), and by the work of the biblical scholar William Robertson Smith, to whom the first edition is dedicated. The twelve-volume third edition, reissued here, was greatly revised and enlarged, and published between 1911 and 1915; the two-volume first edition (1890) is also available in this series. Volumes 10 and 11 (1913) continue to examine taboo behaviour, and consider the role of sunlight and firelight in ritual.

Beautiful Feet

Beautiful Feet
Author: Jessica Leep Fick
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 223
Release: 2015-08-28
ISBN: 0830843205
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beautiful Feet Book Excerpt:

Sometimes women feel like we're not cut out for evangelism. We may worry that our female bodies get in the way of our witness, or that we will seem awkward or pushy. We can feel insecure, like what we do won't make a difference in leading people to Jesus. Evangelist Jessica Leep Fick believes that God has created women to go to amazing and ordinary places to share his love. We have aptitudes and abilities that God can use in his mission, like gifts of collaboration, empathy and the ability to share vulnerably. Women throughout Scripture were heralds of the gospel, and we can be too. Get ready to join Jessica and women across the globe on this adventure of sharing Jesus with confidence and love. This upbeat, motivating guide will unleash what God has created in you to boldly and lovingly share Jesus. Discover how you too have beautiful feet.

Sustaining Grace

Sustaining Grace
Author: Scott J. Hagley,Karen Rohrer,Michael Gehrling
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 154
Release: 2020-06-30
ISBN: 1532687591
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustaining Grace Book Excerpt:

Sustaining Grace explores the dynamic between new faith communities and denominational systems through the lens of stewardship and sustainability. As a collection, these essays suggest that to facilitate ecologies for innovation in our current era, established congregations and new faith communities must model the sustaining grace of God to one another in creative ways. Thus, problems of sustainability are not for church planters to solve alone, but rather are related to the theologies of stewardship and the ecclesial system to which they belong. Issues of vision are not for denominational systems to theorize alone, but are given shape on their historic foundations in the creative and prophetic structures practiced in new faith communities. This book speaks to a central tension in the growing movement of church planting—the mutual need of and the mutual frustration between establishment leaders and innovators, conservators and risk takers. Standing at the contact point of that tension in one of the wealthiest mainline denominations, 1001 New Worshipping Communities and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary engage the question of faithful stewardship with voices reflecting and strategizing on each side of the tension, broadening the conversation to include those beyond the Presbyterian Church, and bringing both the academy and practitioners from church judicatories, church plants, and traditional church communities to offer a theologically grounded, practical, and generative conversation.

Forgiveness Is The Key

Forgiveness Is The Key
Author: Lorenza Palomino
Publsiher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2017-07-13
ISBN: 1681976277
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Forgiveness Is The Key Book Excerpt:

Forgive God for letting you live in a world of fear, pain, and sorrow. Forgive yourself for asking to be born to experience a world of fear, pain, and sorrow. Forgive all humanity from one end of the world to the other for all the wrong things you think they have done to you and your love ones. Forgive the lion that clawed you; forgive the bear that attacked you. Forgive the ants that flood your counter top; forgive the cockroaches that infest your floors; forgive the spiders that fang you as you sleep. Forgive the tree that timbered on your rooftop; forgive the poison oak that infected your skin. Forgive viruses, bacteria, and cells that make you feel the painful effects of illness; forgive the pollen, dander, and foods that give the illusion of allergies. Forgive all life and let the domino effect fall where it may. Send good and positive energy that will flow through the current of the air, ultimately reaching the universe where it will boomerang mind to mind, life to life. Remember to thank God and the universe for the domino and boomerang effect through forgiveness. Remember, forgiveness breaks the chains of bondage of all life. Forgiveness releases you and them from the burdens of prison. I forgive you, and your chains and mine are broken. We are now free to be. Let the domino effect sweep through and let the boomerang effect soar through the core of your mind and heart where the spirit will be awakened because it remembers truth. I recognize and understand fully how controversial some of this poetry is. Controversial comes from many various beliefs, what we choose to believe, sadness, and where we are spiritually. We are certainly free to choose what we will believe, but one day, we will all be in the same place of truth even though we may not foresee it as of yet. The brutal things we do to one another are very heartbreaking, full of sorrow. But forgiveness lets you keep your peace, strength, and power. Enjoy the pleasures of life to balance out the pains we endure. In spite of accepting the truth of what I have asked for, I choose to remain humble and value compassion of all the suffering we encounter in our lives and all over the world. This world certainly needs salvation, and forgiveness will save all of us for forgiveness is the key, and you are the key. Always remember, God willed us back home to Him before we were even born. Heaven is where we come from. Heaven is our home where freedom is limitless and love reigns forever. I send my wishes and desires of forgiveness and love and righteousness from my mind to yours, blessing you with peace, happiness, wellness, salvation, and ultimately, true freedom. In the love of Christ! Amen.

An Augustine Synthesis

An Augustine Synthesis
Author: Augustine
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2014-06-02
ISBN: 1625649363
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Augustine Synthesis Book Excerpt:

About the Contributor(s): Erich Przywara (1889-1972) was a Jesuit priest of German-Polish origin and a prominent Catholic philosopher and theologian of the twentieth century. He is best known for advocating the metaphysical principle of the analogy of being--analogia entis--as a formal principle of Catholic philosophy and theology.

Blessed and Beautiful

Blessed and Beautiful
Author: Lisa Washington Lamb
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2014-06-05
ISBN: 1620328127
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Blessed and Beautiful Book Excerpt:

Colleges can do it. Hospitals can do it. Workplaces can do it. Why does the church in the United States still find it so difficult to integrate across racial and ethnic divides? In Blessed and Beautiful Lisa Lamb trains her sights on one often overlooked facet of forging life together: the magnetic power of shared memories. Those common narratives bind ethnic groups together and keep them apart. This book explores the sociological and theological dimensions of social memory and considers the particularly powerful tool preaching could be for shaping individuals who are willing to risk remembering their people's past in church and for shaping churches capable of hearing those stories. While keenly aware of the complex dynamics involved, Lamb ultimately gives pastors and other church leaders a glimmer of hope as they seek to build reconciled communities of faith.

Contemplation and Classical Christianity

Contemplation and Classical Christianity
Author: John Peter Kenney
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 191
Release: 2013-11
ISBN: 0199563705
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contemplation and Classical Christianity Book Excerpt:

This study explores Augustine's developing understanding of contemplation, beginning with his earliest accounts written before his baptism and ending with the Confessions. The arc of Augustine's thought through these years of transition leads into the Confessions, giving a vantage point to survey its classical Christian theology of contemplation.