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The Good and Beautiful You: Discovering the Person Jesus Created You to Be Hardcover – June 14 2022

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Description Experiencing transformation by challenging false beliefs about God by discovering the God that Jesus revealed in Scripture. Overcoming toxic self narratives by discovering the person Jesus created you to be through the beautiful healing God provides. Following Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount, this book offers practical way to engage in spiritual practices. Bringing personal faith and relationships within the community of Christ-followers together.
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Description In this moving story a Christian author goes to a retreat center to grieve and face the hard questions about God that he is asking in the wake of these losses. And if you have ever wondered what heaven is like, this book provides a beautiful vision. Memorizing and studying a passage in depth can offer a deeper sense of the meaning of each word. In this unique introduction to the hidden life in Christ, James Bryan Smith walks readers through a thirty-day immersion in Colossians 3:1-17. Any story worth giving the power to shape our lives must pass a simple test: Is it beautiful, good, and true? If it is, then it is a magnificent story—and that is where transformation takes place. There is a road to life in the unshakeable kingdom of God, but it's not an easy journey. In The Magnificent Journey, the author shows us the better road, the road less travelled, but the road full of riches.
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Jim Smith takes us on a formation journey--his and simultaneously our own. We visit our false narratives so prevalent in the world today, and we are provided wider eyes to see the truth in every area of our being. Jim takes the key areas that we long for and invites us into the reality of the divine grace of God present to all of us. This is not a quick read unless, of course, that's all you long for. But if you are searching for riches out of the stones of your life, this book will help you see that you are the treasure you have been hoping for.

--Juanita Campbell Rasmus, author of Learning to Be

James Bryan Smith writes what he lives, and no more so than in The Good and Beautiful You. With personal transparency, intellectual fullness, and day-to-day practicality, my friend Jim adds to what has already been a tremendous series of books on the Christian spiritual life. This book is a true and significant gift for any of us who walk with Jesus and tend to our souls.

--Casey Tygrett, spiritual director and author of As I Recall: Discovering the Place of Memories in the Spiritual Life

Six words come to mind whenever I think about my friend Jim: holy authenticity and intimacy with God. James Bryan Smith knows what it means to walk with God without pretense and with holy expectancy. He knows Jesus as his Redeemer, Healer, Defender, and Deliverer. Jim knows God; he knows his love. That's why he's just the person to write The Good and Beautiful You. Though we were born into sin, as Christ-followers we've been redeemed, through and through, by his grace. If you still struggle with a sense of identity and purpose, settle in and take your time working through these pages. I believe you'll encounter God, you'll hear his voice, and you'll learn afresh how much he loves you. Even today I pray that you hear the love song he sings over you, for it is life-giving and beautiful, just as Christ is in you.

--Susie Larson, author of Prevail and host of Susie Larson Live

With his signature combination of intellectual rigor, accessible language, and pastoral care, James Bryan Smith has helped thousands of us believe firmly in the goodness and beauty of God. But what are we to believe about ourselves? How do we fit into God's good and beautiful universe? Merging solid teaching and carefully crafted soul-training exercises, The Good and Beautiful You firmly debunks the false narratives we believe about ourselves and replaces them with life-giving, soul-enriching truth. This book is a treasure.

--Richella J. Parham, author of Mythical Me

Writing in the venerable tradition of Dallas Willard and Richard Foster, James Bryan Smith has given us a valuable guide to caring for our souls in The Good and Beautiful You. Convinced that Christ is the way to the wellness of the soul, Smith points us to paths where we can find healing for our damaged souls. This book will help many people!

--Brian Zahnd, author of When Everything's on Fire

The good and beautiful me--you've got to be kidding! My lifelong, toxic self-narrative has been a stubborn foe--like a petty dictator, no longer wanted yet refusing to stand down. Thank you, Jim, for patiently and carefully illuminating the path that leads to letting go of our common, neurotic need to create a self. And in letting go, to discover God's creation of our soul--which is the good and beautiful me.

--Todd Hunter, Anglican bishop and author of Deep Peace: Finding Calm in a World of Conflict and Anxiety

About the Author

James Bryan Smith is the author of The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautiful Life, and The Good and Beautiful Community. He is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, where he also serves as the executive director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, Renovaré, Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ IVP (June 14 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 264 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0830846948
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0830846948
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 431 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
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Dr. James Bryan Smith is the Dallas Willard Professor of Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University, in Wichita, Kansas. Jim received his B.A. in Religion and Philosophy at Friends University, his M.Div. at Yale Divinity School, and his D.Min. at Fuller Theological Seminary. Jim has taught at Friends University for over 30 years, teaching primarily in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He is also the Executive Director of The Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. In addition, Jim is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, and co-founding pastor of Chapel Hill UMC, in Wichita, Kansas, and is currently a teaching pastor at that church. He is also a best-selling author of twelve books, most notably The Apprentice Series (InterVarsity Press), which includes The Good and Beautiful God. He is also one of the original founders, alongside Richard J. Foster and Dallas Willard, of the spiritual renewal ministry, Renovare. James is the host of the Things Above Podcast.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Resource from James Bryan Smith
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I have led small groups on all three of the previous Good and Beautiful books and they have all been excellent. But I would have to say that this one is essential to believers since most individuals struggle in their identity. The Good and Beautiful You reaffirms the great love that God has for each of us. As in his other books, Smith notes the false narrative about identity and then contrasts it with the true biblical narrative. At the end of each chapter is a "Soul Training" exercise to practice the concept he addressed. This book not only provides a biblical understanding of identity, but also helps you to fall in love again with our great God! I am leading at least one group through the book this fall and can't wait to see how God uses it to heal the broken pieces of shattered identities!
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