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The Good and Beautiful Community

Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love

by James Bryan Smith

In this third book in The Appren­tice Series tril­o­gy, 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 leads us to live in authen­tic ways as a good and beau­ti­ful com­mu­ni­ty of Christ-fol­low­ers, shin­ing the light of the Spir­it into every relationship.

2010

Recommendations

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

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