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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.



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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