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The Good and Beautiful Community ❮BOOKS❯ ✮ The Good and Beautiful Community Author James Bryan Smith – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 t Yet many times we've gotten and Beautiful Kindle Ò it wrong tending to emphasize personal faith over The Good ePUB ´ social justice or vice versa In these pages Jim Smith shows us how to Good and Beautiful ePUB ¹ 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.

  • Paperback
  • 237 pages
  • The Good and Beautiful Community
  • James Bryan Smith
  • English
  • 27 December 2014
  • 9780830835331

About the Author: James Bryan Smith

James Bryan Smith MDiv Yale and Beautiful Kindle Ò University Divinity School DMin Fuller Seminary is a The Good ePUB ´ theology professor at Friends University in Wichita KS and a writer and speaker in Good and Beautiful ePUB ¹ the area of Christian spiritual formation He also serves as the director of the Aprentis Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends UniversityA founding member of Richard J Foster's spiritual renewal ministry R.



10 thoughts on “The Good and Beautiful Community

  1. Terri Milstead Terri Milstead says:

    Excellent series of books for small group study Definitely should be done as a series Great facilitator resources are available online for free that go beyond the already good group meeting material at the back of each book I found this series to be a nice break from the level of reading reuired in Disciple Bible studies while still providing the group a very similar bonding experience I am a firm believer that shared outside reading and prep work increases group bonding

  2. Cara Putman Cara Putman says:

    Some really good and though provoking chapters Would love to discuss with others It really is a book meant to be read in community

  3. aundrea (tchnclrwords) aundrea (tchnclrwords) says:

    The true social activist is the person who lives as an apprentice of Jesus in his or her ordinary relationshipsI have come to my senses and realize that I have to help strengthen my faith with spiritual practices It is in this Apprentice series that I began to understand how faith can be practiced and fed on not only depended onThis book was an eye opener And it made me think about some realizations1 “After seeing all of these people who have peace and joy and love I wanted to have what they have” Christians are known for the hope that they have And if we do exhibit this hope it makes people wonder I believe the philosophical or apologetics uestions like ‘Is God real?’ ‘Why does a good God allow bad things to happen?’ and other pressing uestions are not the main essential uestions to be asked Some people are merely wondering how and why do we believe in something that has given us so much hope2 “The kingdom of God is not about rules but about the goodness and confidence we discover when we let the Holy Spirit lead us” There are times where we read a verse in a Bible and give it too much attention; becoming overly critical We sometimes think of it as laws to be obeyed at all times and judge people when they do things We were given freewill and a mind to discern things on our own3 “We must view all who call on Jesus as our brothers and sisters regardless of doctrine or race or practice” Additionally sometimes it is a matter of the essential truths and non essential truths There may be differences in the way we criticize or interpret things in the Bible but if we are loving the God who gave His only Son Jesus then we have to shrug off those non essential differences4 “I realized that the hymns were nonetheless being sung with devotion and benefit by an old saint in elastic boots in the opposite pew and then you realize that you aren’t fit to clean those boots It gets you out of your solitary conceit” As an introvert I would easily neglect worshipping in public since socializing and talking to people makes me drained If I spent a little of my time alone with God doing spiritual practices such as Bible reading journalling and praying I know there would be no problem I learned though that spending time in church with a community of Christ followers is a way of spending eternity with the people of God

  4. Tamara Murphy Tamara Murphy says:

    Our small group at church finished this the third and final title in James Bryan Smith’s Apprentice series I’m still impressed not only with the author's substantive but accessible theological insight but also with his gracious tone and impeccable recommendations for spiritual practices to make each theological truth about what it means to live in church community root itself deeply in our hearts Highly recommend especially for group reading

  5. Kenny Wong Kenny Wong says:

    Good series of books for small group discussionThese 3 books in the series are good for small group discussion I guess the James is using the method of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to change our behaviour In each chapter he list out our false narratives He will not condemn on the false narratives at the very first beginning Rather he will walk through with us how wrong are the false believes which alter our behaviour Then he list out he true narratives and explain to us clear why those narratives are good for us When our core believes changed our behaviour changed At the end of each chapter and at the end of the series James encourage us to have plan of “change” It is really a practical series of books

  6. Eric Eric says:

    The Good and Beautiful Community is an encouraging helpful book that provides practical steps to help any Christian improve the way they live in community with others Each chapter includes a section titled Soul Care where Smith provides actual steps and practices for the reader to engage withEach chapter will help the reader delve deeper into Christian community development and hone their spiritual formation practices Filled with tons of stores and anecdotes from the Smith The Good and Beautiful Community will help the reader fall deeper in love with God and his community

  7. Chad Stutzman Chad Stutzman says:

    This is the third book in his series and I loved all three books I read these with a group of men and the discussions have been productive and helpful This last book on community was very good in understanding the role and importance of people and the church in our spiritual journey The honesty and real life stories help you connect with the ideas and the soul exercises are fantastic in putting it into practice

  8. Diana Davis Diana Davis says:

    I highly recommend doing this series of books Each chapter grabbed my attention and I was able to focus on a different spiritual aspect for a week I went through these books with a group and really recommend doing so if you want to get the best out of them Hearing each other's perspectives and ideas helps us grow spiritually and gives us someone to mentor or be mentored These aren't books I will read just once it will be something to reference and look up in the future

  9. Rena Brown Rena Brown says:

    now I need to go and do that homework and see some life changing results I think this book is really helpful for developing the Christian lifestyle

  10. Mikehoov.net Mikehoov.net says:

    I am a fanAfter completing this third book of the series I am convinced the presence of Jesus in me has changed Thank You for the experience

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10 thoughts on “The Good and Beautiful Community

  1. Terri Milstead Terri Milstead says:

    Excellent series of books for small group study Definitely should be done as a series Great facilitator resources are available online for free that go beyond the already good group meeting material at the back of each book I found this series to be a nice break from the level of reading reuired in Disciple Bible studies while still providing the group a very similar bonding experience I am a firm believer that shared outside reading and prep work increases group bonding

  2. Cara Putman Cara Putman says:

    Some really good and though provoking chapters Would love to discuss with others It really is a book meant to be read in community

  3. aundrea (tchnclrwords) aundrea (tchnclrwords) says:

    The true social activist is the person who lives as an apprentice of Jesus in his or her ordinary relationshipsI have come to my senses and realize that I have to help strengthen my faith with spiritual practices It is in this Apprentice series that I began to understand how faith can be practiced and fed on not only depended onThis book was an eye opener And it made me think about some realizations1 “After seeing all of these people who have peace and joy and love I wanted to have what they have” Christians are known for the hope that they have And if we do exhibit this hope it makes people wonder I believe the philosophical or apologetics uestions like ‘Is God real?’ ‘Why does a good God allow bad things to happen?’ and other pressing uestions are not the main essential uestions to be asked Some people are merely wondering how and why do we believe in something that has given us so much hope2 “The kingdom of God is not about rules but about the goodness and confidence we discover when we let the Holy Spirit lead us” There are times where we read a verse in a Bible and give it too much attention; becoming overly critical We sometimes think of it as laws to be obeyed at all times and judge people when they do things We were given freewill and a mind to discern things on our own3 “We must view all who call on Jesus as our brothers and sisters regardless of doctrine or race or practice” Additionally sometimes it is a matter of the essential truths and non essential truths There may be differences in the way we criticize or interpret things in the Bible but if we are loving the God who gave His only Son Jesus then we have to shrug off those non essential differences4 “I realized that the hymns were nonetheless being sung with devotion and benefit by an old saint in elastic boots in the opposite pew and then you realize that you aren’t fit to clean those boots It gets you out of your solitary conceit” As an introvert I would easily neglect worshipping in public since socializing and talking to people makes me drained If I spent a little of my time alone with God doing spiritual practices such as Bible reading journalling and praying I know there would be no problem I learned though that spending time in church with a community of Christ followers is a way of spending eternity with the people of God

  4. Tamara Murphy Tamara Murphy says:

    Our small group at church finished this the third and final title in James Bryan Smith’s Apprentice series I’m still impressed not only with the author's substantive but accessible theological insight but also with his gracious tone and impeccable recommendations for spiritual practices to make each theological truth about what it means to live in church community root itself deeply in our hearts Highly recommend especially for group reading

  5. Kenny Wong Kenny Wong says:

    Good series of books for small group discussionThese 3 books in the series are good for small group discussion I guess the James is using the method of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to change our behaviour In each chapter he list out our false narratives He will not condemn on the false narratives at the very first beginning Rather he will walk through with us how wrong are the false believes which alter our behaviour Then he list out he true narratives and explain to us clear why those narratives are good for us When our core believes changed our behaviour changed At the end of each chapter and at the end of the series James encourage us to have plan of “change” It is really a practical series of books

  6. Eric Eric says:

    The Good and Beautiful Community is an encouraging helpful book that provides practical steps to help any Christian improve the way they live in community with others Each chapter includes a section titled Soul Care where Smith provides actual steps and practices for the reader to engage withEach chapter will help the reader delve deeper into Christian community development and hone their spiritual formation practices Filled with tons of stores and anecdotes from the Smith The Good and Beautiful Community will help the reader fall deeper in love with God and his community

  7. Chad Stutzman Chad Stutzman says:

    This is the third book in his series and I loved all three books I read these with a group of men and the discussions have been productive and helpful This last book on community was very good in understanding the role and importance of people and the church in our spiritual journey The honesty and real life stories help you connect with the ideas and the soul exercises are fantastic in putting it into practice

  8. Diana Davis Diana Davis says:

    I highly recommend doing this series of books Each chapter grabbed my attention and I was able to focus on a different spiritual aspect for a week I went through these books with a group and really recommend doing so if you want to get the best out of them Hearing each other's perspectives and ideas helps us grow spiritually and gives us someone to mentor or be mentored These aren't books I will read just once it will be something to reference and look up in the future

  9. Rena Brown Rena Brown says:

    now I need to go and do that homework and see some life changing results I think this book is really helpful for developing the Christian lifestyle

  10. Mikehoov.net Mikehoov.net says:

    I am a fanAfter completing this third book of the series I am convinced the presence of Jesus in me has changed Thank You for the experience

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