Some of the biggest bar­ri­ers to our trans­for­ma­tion come from our tox­ic self-nar­ra­tives. In this episode, James Bryan Smith shares how these nar­ra­tives shape the way we inter­act in the world, and what we can do to see our­selves as God does.

Show Notes

[1:24] You have a new book out. Why did you write this book?

[4:18] Can you share a lit­tle about your journey?

[7:51] What made a dif­fer­ence for you? How have you worked your nar­ra­tives and what is that process like? 

[9:41] Many Chris­tians know…the real­i­ty of some of the things you’re say­ing. How do you move that from your head to your heart?

[11:52] When I see oth­ers as beloved image bear­ers, it makes it quite dif­fi­cult to con­trol or dehu­man­ize them. There’s a free­dom, isn’t there?

[13:52] In the book, after each chap­ter you have dif­fer­ent prac­tices — exer­cis­es — for peo­ple. Can you talk a lit­tle about those? 

[16:22] How do you invite God into that [prac­tice of holy leisure, of being rather than doing]?

[17:18] Are there oth­er prac­tices that have been help­ful for you in your journey?

[19:08] How does that [prac­tice of Sab­bath] help with your narratives?

[20:17] What do you hope for peo­ple read­ing the book?

[21:10] I know there are a lot of folks who strug­gle with mov­ing into their beloved­ness, because it can feel like self-help…What do you say to those folks?

[24:47] I’m curi­ous, are there more Good and Beau­ti­ful… things you have in store for us?


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