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The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love With the God Jesus Knows
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The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love With the God Jesus Knows

by James Bryan Smith

"God wants me to try harder." "God blesses me when I'm good and punishes me when I'm bad." "God is angry with me." / We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true--but many are false. James Bryan Smith believes those thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In f… Read more…

The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ
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The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ

by James Bryan Smith

James Bryan Smith believes we have bought into false notions of happiness and success. We find ourselves caught up in self-serving decisions that lead us further into the vices that cause ruin: anger, lust, lying, worry and judging. In this follow up to his first book, The Good and Beautiful God, Smith traces through the Sermon on the Mount and helps us look… Read more…

Eternal Living Reflections on Dallas Willard's Teaching on Faith and Formation

Eternal Living Reflections on Dallas Willard's Teaching on Faith and Formation

by Dallas Willard, J. P. Moreland, John Ortberg, Gary W. Moon, Jane Willard, Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith

Dallas Willard spent his life making eternal living concrete for his friends. With his unexpected passing in 2013, the world lost a brilliant mind. The wide breadth of his impact inspired friends, family, colleagues, students and leaders of the church to gather their reflections on this celebrated yet humble theologian and philosopher. Richard Fost… Read more…

The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love

The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love

by James Bryan Smith

In this third book in the Apprentice Series, 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 t… Read more…

The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows

The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows

by James Bryan Smith

Over 200,000 sold! "God wants me to try harder." "God blesses me when I'm good and punishes me when I'm bad." "God is angry with me." We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true—but many are false. James Bryan Smi… Read more…

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The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ

The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ

by James Bryan Smith

"I have never met a person whose goal was to ruin his or her life. We all want to be happy, and we want it all of the time." So begins James Bryan Smith in The Good and Beautiful Life. The problem is, he tells us, we have bought into false notions of happiness and success. These self-centered decisions lead us further into the vices that cause ru… Read more…

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Hidden in Christ Living as God's Beloved

Hidden in Christ Living as God's Beloved

by James Bryan Smith

A Deeper Sort of Devotional Words are powerful. They contain ideas and shape the way we see God, ourselves and all of reality. We're transformed, in particular, by God's Word, and by 'the Word,' the Logos—Jesus himself—as described by John in the first chapter of his Gospel. Memorizing and studying a passage in depth can… Read more…

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Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions

Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions

by James Bryan Smith and Casey Tygrett

Curiosity is essential to growth. A little curiosity moves us deeper into the lives of the people around us. A little curiosity leads to opportunities we never knew existed. A little curiosity helps us understand our own strange emotions. A little curiosity, if focused on Jesus, will make us more like him. Pastor and spiritual director C… Read more…

The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth
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The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth

by James Bryan Smith

We are story-making people. We love reading stories—and we love hearing the personal stories of others. We need stories, or narratives, to make sense of our world. And those stories shape our lives.What is the story you have been told about the gospel? About God? About the Christian life? About Jesus? About the cross? About yourself? About heaven?Your … Read more…

Eternal Living: Reflections on Dallas Willard's Teaching on Faith and Formation
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Eternal Living: Reflections on Dallas Willard's Teaching on Faith and Formation

by Dallas Willard, J. P. Moreland, John Ortberg, Gary W. Moon, Jane Willard, Richard J. Foster, James Bryan Smith, Arthur Morey and Heather Anne Henderson

Dallas Willard spent his life making eternal living concrete for his friends. After his unexpected passing in 2013, the kaleidoscope of memories and the diversity of the lives he had touched could not be confined to one or even two memorial services, but three. It is this wide breadth of impact that inspired friends, family, colleagues, students, and leaders… Read more…

The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love
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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, 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… Read more…