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A Still More Excellent Way provides readers with an inspiring introduction to the spiritual and moral wisdom of St. Paul though fifty-two brief selections from the apostle's writings.  Each Scripture selection is accompanied by a story, reflection, or meditation that offers testimony to the unmistakably Christ-centered message of St. Paul.  Paul evangelized in the first-century Roman world, but Durepos uses plenty of twenty-first-century pop-culture references to make the material highly relevant for today.

For those who are searching for the meaning of the Christian faith, as well as for those who have long heard the words of St. Paul in Sumday morning readings but have never reflected on them personally, this small but eloquent volume will serve as an indispensible tool for personal reflection and Christian growth.

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What does it really mean to
be a follower of Christ?

In 1 Corinthians 12:31, St. Paul exhorts the early Christians in Corinth to follow “a still more excellent way.” The “way” he is speaking of is love—genuine, selfless love. For Paul, the ultimate meaning and perfect example of this love is found solely in the crucified, risen, and reigning Christ. With unwavering devotion, Paul’s post-conversion life was focused on one goal: to point people to Jesus so they, too, could experience the unsurpassed joy that Paul himself had come to know through his Lord.

A Still More Excellent Way encourages and inspires readers through fifty-two brief selections from Paul’s writings. Each Scripture selection—short enough to be easily memorized—is followed by a story or meditation that supports the verses. And although the apostle Paul evangelized in the first-century Roman world, author Joseph Durepos uses plenty of twenty-first-century cultural references to make the material highly relevant for people today.

Equally appropriate for personal reflection or small-group study, A Still More Excellent Way is an excellent opportunity for anyone to draw closer to Jesus through the unabashedly Christ-centered message of St. Paul.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Press; annotated edition edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829427589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829427585
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Durepos has served as the editor on three books: No Greater Love, Go in Peace, and John Paul II's Lessons for Living. He is the author of A Still More Excellent Way: How St. Paul Points Us to Jesus. He is the executive editor of acquisitions at Loyola Press.

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Joe Durepos has created a prayerful, thought-provoking book. He matches a reading from one of St. Paul's letters on one page with a reflection, story, or quote on the facing page. He adds reflection questions where appropriate, but doesn't feel the need to overdo it.

I was pleased that Joe accepts that all of Paul's letters 'reflect his mind and heart' rather than excluding some as written after his death, as some authors do.

He also includes a very good list of print, audio, and video resources.

As a deacon, I found more than a few homily ideas in this Year of Saint Paul!

Deacon Greg Ouska
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Joe begins with a very good translation of Paul's Letters. His reflections on each identified passage are contemporary and pack a thought provoking gem of spiritual awareness.I find myself thinking of his words of application throughout the day. I only regret that Joe stopped at 52 entries.
Mary Carrigan
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"We live in a cynical age, and it can render us impotent." When I consider the implications of this assertion as I strive to make sense of this present period of economic, social and political upheaval in our country and around the world, the poignant relevance and singular timeliness of "A Still More Excellent Way" becomes readily apparent to me.

This gem of a book is a cherished gift that could not have come to me at a better time! It is a heartfelt collection of modest, yet provocative vignettes that are conveyed with an uncommon attitude of humility and reverence. Consequently, I found for weeks after reading and re-reading my favorite meditations that I carried their influence with me in my daily life as though I had been touched by a gentle hand of grace, and moved by a deep spiritual chord of resonance. I am aware of a subtle and welcome change of perspective in me in response to the invitation presented by these inspired writings.

There were many passages cited that were compelling to me by virtue of the depth of positive conviction they conveyed. For example: "Everything Created by God is Good" (p.6). At a time when economic, social and political turmoil all around me tempts me to feel cynical and impotent, it is nourishing to my flagging spirit to be reminded that everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, when received in thanksgiving, having been sanctified by God's word and by prayer. What a simple, powerful and hopeful message for these times!

There are many such insights and encouragements offered by Paul that are infused with unabashed affirmation! I point this out because I think it is easy for us to pass this enthusiasm off as the bias of an extraordinary believer.
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I highly recommend this book of reflections to those who are busy or have trouble finding God in the humdrum of everyday life. Joe taps into his lived experience as a man of faith to help us grasp the richness of key messages of St. Paul's letters. I found the selections to be both inspirational and practical as a way to help the reader encounter Jesus in the nitty-gritty of life and to contemplate the beauty of God in the midst of human activity. What a beautiful way to honor the legacy of St. Paul!
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