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Cultivating a Gospel-Shaped Attitude: Understanding and Living the Beatitudes Paperback – March 29, 2013

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"Cultivating A Gospel-Shaped Attitude" by Joe Buchanan is a much-needed addition to the literature on the Beatitudes.  There are many good works available.  Dr. Buchanan's is unique in that it shows how the gospel impacts our attitude, actions and character.  Read it with blessing and practical application." 

       Jerry Vines, Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church Jacksonville, FL;
      Two time president of the Southern Baptist Convention;
      President, Jerry Vines Ministries, Inc.

There is no shortage of books in this world based on the general premise that, if we adjust or eliminate our bad attitudes, our quality of life will improve.  In "Cultivating A Gospel-Shaped Attitude," Dr. Buchanan moves beyond feel-good rhetoric to focus instead on the source of a healthy attitude-- in a heart aligned with the desires and teachings of Christ."

     Jerry Falwell, Jr.
     Chancellor and President
     Liberty University

There plenty of books that will help you to have a positive attitude, but most of them are missing what Joe Buchanan brings to the discussion-- how the gospel shapes our attitudes and in turn, our actions, to produce in us a Christlike character.  My mind and heart are in a better place because of Cultivating a Gospel-Shaped Attitude, and yours will be too! Buy it, read it, and give a copy away!

     Brandon Cox, Pastor at Grace Hills Church
    Editor at Pastors.com

From the Author

It has been said, "God works in mysterious ways." There have been many points in my life where I could affirm the truth of that statement, but none so poignant as the experience that I've had over the past year writing this book. Honestly, I did not start out with the desire to write a book at all, but during the months of January and February of 2012, I was given the opportunity to take a much-needed sabbatical from the ministry. During those two months, I began to immerse myself in a personal Bible study through the gospel of Matthew. When I came to the Sermon on the Mount, my heart was captured by the words of the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-11. Over the years, I'd read these words dozens of other times, but for some reason on that cold winter's morning last year, the ancient words jumped off the page and grabbed my heart.

For the next several months, I immersed myself in studying and thinking about how the gospel is reflected in these words. Slowly, I began to see spiritual formation and discipleship in a new way. It occurred to me that I had been going about the ministry of discipleship in the wrong way. While the goal of having a Christlike character still remained a primary objective, it began to dawn on me that the road map to get there was different from what I had been preaching for nearly twenty years. Spiritual formation begins with a deep reflection upon the gospel, which in turn begins to cultivate a set of gospel-shaped attitudes that are then exhibited in Christ-honoring actions. Over time, these attitudes and actions shape what we would call a Christlike character.

    This book is the product of a year's worth of reflection on each of these gospel-shaped attitudes. My hope is that you will discover the gospel on every page of this book and that these truths will penetrate into the depths of your soul to change the way you think, feel, and act.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CrossBooks (March 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462726453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462726455
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,333,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'll be honest; I began reading the book at Chapter 2. I have picked up other books on the Beatitudes that were simple "feel good" rhetoric. Dr. Buchanan presents God's word in a truthful, practical, heart-changing way. "Taking personal responsibility for sin" as a specific action that results in a heart-changing Christlike character, as presented in "Cultivating a Gospel-Shaped Attitued", will surely be a useful tool in our small-group Ladies' Bible Study. More than a "must read", it is a "must study and apply".
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