The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love
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The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love

InterVarsity Press / 2010 / Hardcover

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Acknowledging that Christians tend to emphasize personal faith over social justice, or vice versa, Smith shows how to bring spiritual formation and community engagement together---learning to live in relationship with others as apprentices of Christ and impacting the world in which we live. Includes spiritual practice suggestions, plus reflection and discussion questions. 232 pages, hardcover from InterVarsity.

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Title: The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love
By: Dr. James Bryan Smith D.Min.
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 232
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 15 ounces
ISBN: 0830835334
ISBN-13: 9780830835331
Series: Apprentice
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In this third book in the Apprentice Series, James Bryan Smith helps us know how to live in relationship with others as apprentices of Jesus. "Apprentices of Jesus are not part-time do-gooders," he writes. "They live in continuous contact with the kingdom of God, and are constantly men and women in whom Christ dwells. They do not sometimes tell the truth, sometimes live sacrificially or sometimes forgive. There are myriad opportunities for us to impact the world in which we live." Yet many times we've gotten it wrong, tending to emphasize personal faith over social justice or vice versa. In these pages Jim Smith shows us how to bring spiritual formation and community engagement together, and then once again offers spiritual practices that root new, true narratives about God and the world in our souls. His insight and humility as a fellow learner with us will lead us to live in authentic ways as a good and beautiful community of Christ-followers, shining the light of the Spirit into every relationship.

Author Bio

James Bryan Smith is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, as well as the director of the Christian Spiritual Formation Institute there. A writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation, Jim Smith is a founding board member of Renovaré. Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. He is also the author 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.

Editorial Reviews

" The Good and Beautiful Community is very readable, relatable, and practical. Recommend it to pastors, adult Sunday school teachers, small-group leaders, fans of Dallas Willard and Richard Foster, and customers interested in spiritual formation and disciplines."

-- Daniel Johnson, CBA Retailers Resources, September 2010

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