The Good and Beautiful Life

October 11, 2010

A few months ago, I The Good and Beautiful God with my friend, John, from our church community. This is the first book of a three part series, and we have just finished the second book: The Good and Beautiful Life, by James Bryan Smith.

The books build on each other in a natural progression: the first grapples with the larger issues of who we understand the Christian God to be, while the second describes how life is lived in light of this good and beautiful God. The content of this book is based on Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Though I’ve done a lot of study of the Sermon on the Mount of the years, I found that James Bryan Smith offered some fresh and helpful insight.

The book has the same format as the first, with each chapter offering some teaching content, followed by some kind of practical exercise related to that content. Much like the first, I think this is a good resource, but somewhat introductory. Having spent most of our lives in Christian communities meant that John and I weren’t challenged by new themes in this book as much as we found it a helpful time of evaluation. I think this book could best serve as an introduction to those who are trying to make sense of what it looks like to live as a follower of Jesus, though I will not limit my use to that in the future.

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