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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (23 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340996021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340996027
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Apprentice Series is the best practice I have seen in Christian spiritual transformation. (Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy)

This is truly the most unique and best practice in spiritual formation out there! This along with the other future titles in this Apprentice Series will form a formidable 'curriculum of Christ-likeness.' Loving, transformative and deep! (Christian Marketplace)

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Book One of the Apprentice Series, a course in spiritual transformation.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. DOUGLAS VINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2010
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In the The Good and Beautiful God, James Bryan Smith addresses many of the "false narratives" that Christians believe about themselves and God. These narratives shape the way we live our lives and can quickly lead to failure and disillusionment. Speaking of Jesus' teachings and parables, Smith suggests "If we adopt Jesus' narratives about God, we will know God properly and right actions will follow". In other words, orthodoxy in the believer will lead to orthopraxy.

I liked the premise of the book and more than a few of his 'corrective narratives'. I think he pinpointed many of the imbalanced views that many Christians have of God and made some good arguments from a counter-narrative. It's clear, devotion and full of challenge,...... the chapters are loaded with much goodness and I found the 'soul-training' exercises really helpful.

I found Smiths definition about the idea of "therapeutic moralistic deism", and God's wrath as being pathos and not passion, challenging in terms of theological orthodoxy. Yetwithal Smith has given us a very valuable read on spiritual formation. He does have a lot of good (and beautiful) things to say about our God. This is truly the unique and best practice in spiritual formation out there! This along with the other future titles in this Apprentice Series will form a formidable 'curriculum of Christ-likeness.' Loving, transformative and deep!

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We have used this book within our church. We have met together in small groups to read and discuss a chapter at a time. It has both blessed our church but also challenged us. It would be easy to read this and feel inspired but the challenge is to put into practice what has been learned. I would thoroughly recommend this book.
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This is a great book .... Easy to read but provocatively written, encouraging reflection and action. There are suggested activities in relation to each chapter which are helpful applications of the content.
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By Mike Pearson on 3 Mar. 2013
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The Good and Beautiful God is a great book. Practical, straightforward and well written. We use this in small groups at church as a devotional tool. Highly recommend it.
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This is an excellent book. We have used it as a group. It is very real and practical. The group has had some deep and thought provoking conversations. None of us have been left unmoved.
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I recently joined a bible study group at my local church and this book as helped enormously.
My understanding of Scriptures the Old and the New Testaments,are now more meaningful.
A great book which enabled me to feel closer to God. Also an excellent text for course work.
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Good book. gets a bit repetitive after about chapter 4, but you can gain good insight into the character of a good God who wants the best for us.
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