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Number of Pages: 196
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Publication Date: 2012
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The Pressure's Off: Breaking Free from Rules and PerformanceLarry CrabbWaterBrook / 2012 / Trade Paperback$11.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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Lost? Explore the way to life!
We've lost the way that leads to life. With competing priorities and rival demands, we're more confused than ever in how to live the life Jesus offers. Is it the church way, the American way, or the busy way? With so many ways facing us, we're more paralyzed than alive; more perplexed than sure; more bewildered than confident. The Jesus Life offers eight compelling ways to help us rediscover what it really means to follow Jesus in the 21st ccentury.
Stephen W. Smith is the co-founder and spiritual director of Potter's Inn, an international ministry devoted to spiritual formation and the care of the soul. He is the author of six books and numerous study guides, including The Lazarus Life, Living the Lazarus Life, Soul Custody, and Soul Shaping. Stephen and his wife, Gwen, reside in Colorado.
"Steve Smith cuts through the religious paraphernalia and daily clutter that obstructs our path to lives of purpose and power, and he clearly explains the simplicity of The Jesus Life in the Kingdom of God. He has deep insights into how we have come to live the way we do, in church and out. With refreshing realism and wide-ranging knowledge, he helps us identify dear illusions that bog us down and introduces us to simple steps and arrangements that enable eternal living. The directions he gives are self-validating. We have only to 'just do it.' The Jesus Life would be ideal for real spiritual progress in small groups in church and in community. Serious individual engagement with it will bring assurance that the life praised in our songs and scriptures can be ours." - Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy
"I hear so many Christians despairingly cry out, wanting to know why they are not experiencing the abundant life that Jesus promised. In The Jesus Life, Steve Smith crafts a way back to finding this life. If you are hungering for this life, get this book and read it!" - Bob Arnold, executive director, Metro-Maryland Youth for Christ
"I have made it my custom to search for books that escort me onto the path of deeper repentance. I do this because Acts 5:31 calls repentance a gift and because Martin Luther rightly counseled that 'our Lord and Master Jesus Christ willed the entire life for believers to be one of repentance. The Jesus Life advanced my steps toward deeper repentance. This book bade me press truth into the cracks and crevices of my life for a much-needed turning from self and to Jesus. I am thankful for Stephens good work." - Joseph V. Novenson, pastor, Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church
"The Jesus Life stands to become the trusted primer on following Jesus well. Its a rich meal, well prepared. Give yourself to this book and youll feel like you've got a hand to hold, a cheerleader, and a reliable guide on the only path that really matters." - Paula Rinehart, author of Strong Women, Soft Hearts and Better Than My Dreams
"The Jesus Life is a link between knowing Jesus and living Jesus. Steve Smith uses the daily experiences common to us all to guide us into the absolute livability of Jesus. This book is thoughtful and engaging - every page introduces us to a life that is rooted in Someone who is the beginning, middle and ending of all our stories. After reading this book the Jesus life became more than a book title. It is becoming an accessible way of life that I long for with renewed hope to be the sum and substance of my story." - Sharon A. Hersh, M.A., LPC, sought-after speaker and author of many books, including Bravehearts, The Last Addiction, and Begin Again, Believe Again.
"We've tried everything to live life to the fullest only to find out that we lost the way life was meant to be lived. Steve Smith shows us eight practical ways Jesus lived his life that will help us recover the life that we have lost." - Mark D. Linsz, treasurer, Bank of America
"Steve Smith cuts through the religious paraphernalia and daily clutter that obstructs our path to lives of purpose and power, and he clearly explains the simplicity of The Jesus Life in the kingdom of God. He has deep insights into how we have come to live the way we do, in church and out. With refreshing realism and wide-ranging knowledge, he helps us identify clear illusions that bog us down and introduces us to simple steps and arrangements that enable eternal living. The directions he gives are self-validating. We have only to 'just do it.' The Jesus Life would be ideal for real spiritual progress in small groups in church and in community. Serious individual engagement with it will bring assurance that the life praised in our songs and scriptures can be ours."
Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy
SFaithAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Capture a living and real relationshipJanuary 30, 2013SFaithAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With a busy schedule, it took me awhile to be able to read and review, "The Jesus Life: Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity" by Stephen W. Smith, and as I read it, each chapter divided by a "way", it really had me stopped and reflect, how "busy" I was versus how "really busy" life looked to me.
Taking cues from Jesus's own life and ministry, this isn't a checklist type of book, nor is this a cure all, and it doesn't promise to be a self help Biblical book, but what it is, is what the title promises the contents to be....about recovering an Authentic Christianity, that in the 21st century seems to be something, everyone who is a follower of Christ is pursuing.
Stephen W. Smith, shares common place, down to earth, this is how as a Christian we can live a life that is filled with meaning and is authentic, versus one of pursuing one fad after another and calling it a "Christian life".
The book is not hard hitting but rather remarkable in that, for its depth, "The Jesus Life: Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity" just provides an honest, down to earth, get away from the church routines and this is about everyday living...that is just...well..simple.
This makes this book remarkable because it is like a good friend, pulling you to the side and going...breathe...there is more to life than just "fill in the blank, whatever the circumstances" that is going on in your life.
In the middle of a busy life and schedules, as I read the book, I found myself mentally go, "I need to remember, at the end of the day, this is what is important, not that, which in hindsight, had the appearance of importance than it really did; This makes the book,"The Jesus Life: Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity" sound cliche but its a much needed honest reminder how we can get ourselves, not only over whelmed but stuck in routines, that after awhile...make our Christian life and sometimes lack of growth, physically, mentally and spiritually, feel more robotic than it actually should be in our lives.
The discussion questions, provided at the end of each question, are much needed conversation starters, be it to oneself, with one's spouse or if this is read in a group setting and throughout the book, the author, Stephen W. Smith, provides workable ideas that can be incorporated in anyone's life if they are open to make those necessary life changes.
The book,"The Jesus Life: Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity" also stands out, in that at the very end of the book, Stephen offers a website to access sermon outlines and more information that is related to the book, and in the process bring a deeper depth that doesn't end at the end of the book, but with the website, make his book, more interactive and accessible to the average reader.
We live in a very busy world and with the book, "The Jesus Life: Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity", its a much needed reminder for all of us, the importance of taking steps back and re-connecting, sometimes at the very simplest levels to have a deeper and richer relationship with Jesus Christ.
IreneUnited States5 Stars Out Of 5I enjoyed the writing style of the authorApril 3, 2012IreneUnited StatesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed the approach the author took when writing this book. This is not your normal step by step take on what it means to follow Christ. This book teaches you from the life Christ led while here on earth. How did He serve? Did He have time for others?
With most of our lives being full with responsibilities we need this book to remind us of what is important in life. Living our life like Christ so others can see Christ in us should be our first priority. This author reminds us how to do that by using Christ life as our perfect example.
I like the writing style and simple language used in this book. I thought it was very easy to understand and follow. If you need a lift in your Christian walk today this book is for you!
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.