The Good and Beautiful Community Paperback
Following the Spirit, extending grace, demonstating love
by James Bryan Smith;
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The Good and Beautiful Community
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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 by James Bryan Smith was published by Hodder & Stoughton in June 2011 and is our 12504th best seller. The ISBN for The Good and Beautiful Community is 9780340996065.
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The Good and Beautiful CommunityBarry Vendy, via The Good Book Stall
I found this a lovely book, a great aid to spiritual maturity. It’s the third of three titles in the ‘Apprentice’ series, designed to ‘help people in their efforts to grow in Christlikeness’ (the other two being The Good and Beautiful Life and The Good and Beautiful God). The Christian is an ‘apprentice of Jesus in his or her ordinary relationships.’ Christians are ‘peculiar people’, who follow a ‘peculiar God’. As a result, we discover that we are ‘maladjusted’ to the ways and culture of the world. The book has a holistic aim, to create a ‘happy marriage’ between contemplation and action, piety and mercy, personal devotion and social service. The writer comes out of the same stable as Richard Foster (and Renovare), Dallas Willard and Eugene Peterson, which to me is sure recommendation. Each chapter is designed to occupy you for one week, but this is a book to work at, not just to read in a cosy armchair. Read it thoroughly and completely not hurriedly, use a journal to answer the questions and engage in the exercises. While the solitary reader is sure to benefit, the greatest value will come through interaction in a group.
The Appendix is actually a Small Group Discussion Guide.
One thing that comes across strongly is Smith’s passion for unity among Christians, with this repeated saying: ‘If your heart beats in love for Jesus, then take my hand and we will walk together in fellowship’ (see the chapter on the Christ-Centred Community). Another saying that rewards reflection is ‘Holy yet broken – Broken yet holy’ (from the chapter on the Church as the Encouraging Community).
This is a good book to spend time with. Maybe get a group together?
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Details for The Good and Beautiful Community
|Author / Artist||James Bryan Smith|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (June 2011)|
|Number of Pages||240|
|Page last updated||25th January 2018|