The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits
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"What would Jesus do?" is a great guiding question for groups to consider as they struggle with living the Christian life. But the question assumes that we know the Bible well enough to come up with the answer. Maricle helps by mapping out the main priorities Jesus modeled in his life and ministry. A formal analysis of the Gospels yields 8 priorities to emulate: healing, love, prayer, confidence in the treasures in heaven, oneness with God, spreading the Word, innocence, and humility.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Upper Room
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0835899144
ISBN-13: 9780835899147

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A focused, simple handbook for those who undertake the challenges of living an authentically Christ-centered life.

 

“What would Jesus do?” is a great guiding question for living the Christian life, but it presupposes that we know the Bible well enough to come up with the answer. Maricle helps by mapping out the main priorities Jesus modeled in his life and ministry. He begins by asking a simple question: “What did Jesus most frequently and consistently say and do during his public ministry that would be instructive for us?” A formal analysis of the Gospels yields 8 priorities to emulate: healing, love, prayer, confidence in the treasures in heaven, oneness with God, spreading the word, innocence, and humility.

 

Maricle shapes these principles into a handbook for discerning right living in relation to God and others according to the ministry of Christ. It’s a warm-hearted, straightforward read, with discussion grounded in down-to-earth examples from preschoolers, Mother Teresa, Brother Lawrence, and baseball. His rock-solid essentials help one recognize oneself and find energy for the challenges of the authentic Christian life.

 

This book can be used as a personal spiritual survival guide, a small group study, or a church-wide challenge. Succinct summaries, questions, prayers, and scripture charts help readers internalize and articulate these faith essentials.

 

- New Christians who need a basic handbook on how to live in accordance with the life and teachings of Jesus

- small group leaders and pastors who need a 9-10 week study

- Christians who tend to over-think and over-read at the expense of making grounded faith-based decisions

Author Bio

Christopher Maricle has taught Catholic middle and junior high school, has served a Catholic school principal in Nevada and Northern California, and as the Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the central valley of California.

He researches, writes, and teaches on matters related to school governance in grades K–12. He is the author of The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits.

His home town is Lodi, California

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Author: Christopher Maricle
Located in: Sacramento, California
Submitted: January 31, 2008

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I have been involved in church ministry since high-school days, serving as a musician, retreat planner and Christian summer camp counselor.

Professionally, I began working in Catholic schools in 1986 as a teacher, and then later as an elementary school principal and assistant superintendent of schools.

I graduated from California State University in Sacramento with a B.A. in psychology and earned a master's degree in educational leadership from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.

I live in California's Sacramento Valley with my wife and two children.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  A crisis of faith - and some difficult medical challenges that my family has had to face.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  To look at the gospel story from a new perspective, and to find personal meaning that's relevant for today's living.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  It has changed my prayer life, made more conscious of the suffering around me, and a lot more humble.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I enjoy the work of Max Lucado, Joseph Girzone and David Gregory. I find inspiration in Jesus, St. Francis, St. Catherine of Sienna, and St. Ignatius of Loyola. I am also inspired by Habitit for Humantiy and The Heifer Project

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I welcome feedback and insights from readers.

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