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 determine not only who we are, but how we live. In fact, Smith declares, 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 the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God. Once you've 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 go through the material in community, small group discussion questions 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.
This deep, loving and transformative book will help you discover 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 God.
©2009 James Bryan Smith (P)2010 christianaudio.com
Get the right naratives in your life...so many are put there by people other than God. This book helps bridge many gaps of understanding who God really is.
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This is intended as a group study, although written in a book form. I read it by myself and really enjoyed it, but I can see that it would be better as a group. Smith walks us through a number of false beliefs about God and why they are wrong and then tries to show us God the Father as Jesus knows him. Interspersed throughout are 'soul training' exercises. If you read a chapter a week (as intended) then they are introductory look at spiritual disciplines. It is the first book in a three book series. I have all three and plan on reading the next soon. This will be a book I read again.
When my mind starts to replay narratives about Jesus that are not true causing me to act in all sorts of strange ways in self contempt. Just a few words from this book set me right in the love of God once again.
A practical current day guide to taking notice of the God of our life.. Putting aside our misperceptions of who God is and understanding the gift of an all loving, all caring God who wants us to become the person we were created to be. Letting go of what our culture says we should be and slowing down enough to hear and experience everything God has in store for us.
I am very excited about this series. We are doing it as a group at our church and have called it Spiritual Formation Groups. I love the fact that we get to discuss basic christian identity issues and about the true character of God which so define our Christian lives.
Eye opening, life changing. This book helped me find a path to come closer to God. I have listened to it at least 7 times, and it always helps to center me.
I have listened to this book 3 times, informative, upbeat ... For those who wish to be closer to Jesus.
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