Not that long ago I blogged through the first volume of James Bryan Smith’s The Apprentice Series. Volume two, The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ (The Apprentice Series)
, is now available and I’d like to draw your attention to it and raise a question or two for us to discuss today.
Perhaps the distinctive of this book — besides being readable and practical and pastorally sensitive — is his emphasis on the false narratives that are shaping us and the summons to the Jesus narrative that can reshape us. So, for the opening chp he brings up the “happiness comes from following the principles of the world” narrative that is countered by the follow Jesus narrative. Each chp is followed by a creative “soul training” exercise — like writing a letter to God or something on play or on Sabbath or media fasting (ahem, ahem) or deaccumulation. I found each of these to be on target and useful.