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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
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What Jesus Meant: The Beatitudes and a Meaningful LifeErik KolbellWestminster John Knox Press / 2007 / Trade Paperback$8.49 Retail:
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The Beatitudes are not telling you how to become a Christianthey tell you what a true Christian looks like.
Everyone wants to be blessed. We want to be blessed in life, blessed in death, and blessed in eternity. In the Beatitudes, the Son of God tells us about the life that is blessed and about the people who are blessed. But Jesus does more than just describe a blessed life, He gives us a way to actually pursue it.
If you want to make strides in overcoming sin, growing in godliness, abounding in good works, and enjoying intimacy with the Lord, this book is for you. And if you have lost hope that any of these things are possible, this book is especially for you. You can make progress, starting today.
Colin was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Before coming to the States in 1996, Colin served as the Senior Pastor of the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in London for 16 years. While in London, he was active in the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in England, and has served the Fellowship as President.
Colin is the author The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life, 10 Keys for Unlocking the Christian Life, Unlocking the Bible Story Series and 10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible. He can be heard daily on the Unlocking the Bible radio broadcast (www.unlockingthebible.org).
Colin and his wife, Karen, reside in Arlington Heights and have two sons.
joanna5 Stars Out Of 5fantastic, detailed book on the BeatitudesJune 28, 2017joannaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From the Back Cover:
Why is change so hard?
Dont you wish you could just snap your fingers and be spiritually mature? That the gulf between where you are and where you want to be wasnt so wide? That you could experience the blessing of godliness more?
Change is hard, its true, but we often make it harder than it has to be. Momentum offers a better way forward, revealing how the Beatitudesblessed are the poor in spirit . . . blessed are the meek . . . hold the secret to change that gets easier with time. Learn:
What each beatitude actually means
How they work together to give momentum
Practical ways to mature in each one
The Beatitudes arent just poetic sayings; theyre a way of life. If you want
to make strides in overcoming sin, growing in godliness, and getting closer to God, this book is for you. And if youve lost hope that you can change, this book is especially for you. You can make progress, starting today.
Momentum: Pursuing Gods Blessings Through the Beatitudes by Colin S. Smith is the most in-depth book that I have read about the Beatitudes in quite a long time. The author draws the reader into eight chapters deeply defining the Beatitudes such as: I bring Nothing- The Enigma of Empty-Handedness, I Take Ownership- The Power of Spiritual Mourning and I long to be Righteous- The Energy of Renewed Affections. The author uses both scripture, personal experience and other writers to teach each topic. I greatly encourage any one wanting to learn more about Jesus teachings and Gods character to buy this book and learn from it as much as I did.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review from the publisher through the Moody Blogger Review Program. http://www.mpnewsroom.com/content/blogger-review-program I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Learn How To Use Momentum To Bring God's Blessings Into Your LifeMay 9, 2017Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4In Momentum: Pursuing God's Blessings Through The Beatitudes, Colin S. Smith lays out the road map for us to trek our way through the beatitudes found in Matthew 5. He starts by using the analogy of rings hanging from the ceiling, with the idea that you have to use a swinging momentum to get from one ring to the next. The rings represent God's blessings for our life, as found in the beatitudes. The rings illustrate the way in which we must work our way through the beatitudes and their blessings.
Colin then explains the beatitudes in he context of roots, shoot, and fruit.
The first three beatitudes are the roots of a blessed and godly life. Theytell us to be poor in spirit, mourn, and be meek. But what do these really mean? Colin breaks each one down, explains what it really means, and gives us working examples of how we can foster these specific traits in our own lives. But you have to approach them in order,allowing the momentum from being poor in spirit to let you mourn, so you can become meek. You have to trust God's order as being important and let His guide lead you.
The fourth beatitude is the shoot; a hunger and thirst for righteousness. This is pretty much a stepping stone to get from the roots to the fruit, something to keep pushing you forward in your quest.
Next Colin explains the fruits of this blessed life, mercy / forgiveness, purity, and peace. He explains what they are, the context in which we should aspire to achieve them, and practices to help us engage each of these fruits in our life in due time.
Lastly, Colin reveals the purpose behind the final beatitude - persecution. Why did God include something most of us would not be eager to pursue? What does it reallymean in today's world? Is it worth the cost?
Colin has done a thorough job at laying out a road map for those of us aspiring to follow God's teachings and receive His blessings. This book uses plain language and explains things in simple ways that should be easy for almost anyone to follow, understand, learn from, and put into practice. 4/5 stars.
*I received a free print copy of this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Treenz5 Stars Out Of 5Highly recommend! Great teaching on the beatitudes and holiness.April 3, 2017TreenzQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I don't think I've ever come across a book on the Beatitudes before, so this one really caught my attention. I love when someone has some new insight into scripture and this book really brings that. I really think this book is really key to ushering in a new wave of revival in this nation because it focuses once more on holiness. Holiness coming through true humility, meekness, purity of heart etc.
This book is really easy to read. The writer comes across really well and provides really Biblically sound teaching - much of it cross referenced not only with scripture, but with greats from the past like Spurgeon. I found it very insightful - especially the Biblical cross referencing. It's the type of thing I wished I had time to do but here he does it for you.
It really is a priority/ mind shift that goes against popular cultural thinking of what happiness really is and how to get it. God's ways are always unconventional and yet always reap the greatest rewards that you have to take notice.
He talks about how we need to approach God with empty hands - with the attitude that we deserve nothing and that God is everything. We bring nothing but God will fill us. He moves through each other beatitudes in this way providing a fresh relevant look at what this really means for our lives. The Contents are titled:
1. I Bring Nothing
2. I Take Ownership
3. I Give Up Control
4. I Long to be Righteousness
5. I Care About Others
6. I Go After One Thing
7. I Give Up My Rights
8. I Endure the Cost.
This book is very refreshing, bringing us back to the core of all we believe. Bringing us back to the words of Jesus which lay out the path for us to follow. Not the conventional path, but His path. About putting ourselves aside, our comforts, our culture to find Him. For it is in that place that we can find true happiness.
I highly recommend this book. I love it!
Please note that I was sent a copy of this book for purposes of review, however the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Momentum by Colin S. SmithDecember 10, 2016reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Pursuing God's Blessings through The Beatitudes
Okay, I know I exclaimed over the last book I reviewed too, but this book, this book is worth reading.
It's fairly small, but very compact. Colin describes the Beatitudes as being rings the we must pass through in order to get to the other side. Think of it at those monkey bars at a playground where you swing across with your arms to get to the other side.
The first ring is the first Beatitude: poor in spirit. It's when we recognize that we are nothing without God and can do nothing on our own is when we can start to recognize our sin and mourn it. Then we are able to submit to God, to each His will and to each other. From there we hunger and thirst after His Word which leads to forgiveness, pursuing one thing wholeheartedly and living at peace. Because of our commitment to God we can expect to suffer for being a Christian.
Almost every chapter lists steps that help in becoming more Christ-like. I could go on and on and quote extensively, but I will try to limit it to one or two quotes, just to whet your appetite.
This quote is from the chapter on Spiritual Mourning: " Heartfelt sorrow over a particular sin grows when you see what it costs. Take a long, hard look at the cost of this sin to you, to others, and to Christ, and you will enter more deeping into spiritual mourning." And the six elements of spiritual mourning include: naming particular sins, heartfelt sorrow, arises from humility, is infused with hope, happens at the cross, and leads to forsaking of sins.
I am planning to read the book again as part of my devotions in 2017 and look at it more closely. But as you can tell, I really enjoyed it and was blessed and challenged and I hope to be changed by reading it.
This book was given me by Moody Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review.