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What would it be like to walk with Jesus on a daily basis and know him personally?

Jan Johnson offers seventeen characteristics of Jesus that help you experience spiritual formation in a fresh way. Each chapter takes a deeper look at particular, underrated qualities in Jesus. By knowing him better, you naturally become more like him.

Team up with other readers and use the book as a study, too! Questions and group study suggestions are provided, as well as a spiritual disciplines glossary and index.

About the Author

Jan Johnson, who lives in Simi Valley, California, with her husband, is the author of eighteen books and more than a thousand magazine articles and Bible studies. She is also a speaker, teacher, and spiritual director. A recipient of a DMin in Ignatian spirituality and spiritual direction, Jan writes primarily about spiritual formation topics. Visit her website at www.janjohnson.org.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (September 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160006146X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600061462
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rachel B. Ramey (blogger/author) VINE VOICE on May 15, 2009
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When I first read the descriptions of this book, I must admit I was skeptical. I thought it sounded like it would be touchy-feely, me-centered, emergent-church babble. I'm so glad I decided to read it anyway! Although it is about personal spiritual growth and, therefore, has an inherent degree of focus on self, it is far from what I would call "me-centered." Johnson paints word pictures for her readers of a number of character qualities Jesus possessed and suggests ways that we can become more godly by focusing on and modeling ourselves after Him.

The descriptions of biblical events are, in some instances, unorthodox. They did not, however, strike me as as the kind of unorthodox that tends toward a perversion of Scripture but, rather, the type of unorthodox that drags us out of our knowledgeable-Christian ruts and causes us to really see these events and absorb their import.

What impressed me most about the book was its practical nature. While each chapter began with a description of how Jesus exemplified the particular trait under consideration, each one ended with a list of very practical exercises for the reader. Not every one will be for every reader. Not all of them are necessarily designed to be permanent practices, either - some of them are more along the lines of experiments. But every single one is an immensely practical way to work toward godly habits. As a reader who often finds myself thinking, "I know, but HOW?" I very much appreciated this. I will definitely be re-reading this one.
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This is a fantastic book on spiritual formation. While I thoroughly enjoy what I get out of similar theological works like Dallas Willard's "Renovation of the Heart" or Richard Foster's "Celebration of Discipline", I found this book to be refreshingly simple and practical. For spiritual leaders out there who are looking for a book to use to teach spiritual formation that will not overwhelm the common layperson in a church and yet will still be highly effective, I highly recommend this book. Half the battle in being effective in teaching a small group is finding good cirriculum. Look no further than "Invitation to the Jesus Life."
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What caught my attention when I first saw this book was that the foreword was written by Dallas Willard, author of The Spirit of the Disciplines. As Willard points out in his remarks, this book takes the question of, "What would Jesus do?" and expands it to, "How would Jesus do what Jesus would do?"

Chapter by chapter Johnson takes several topics that are relevant to us today and she gives us substantial answers on how we can practically live like Jesus. Some of these topics include:
* Being an attentive listener
* Having compassion that flows
* Cheerfully going the extra mile
* Being a hidden servant
* Dying to self

The way that Johnson walks us through these topics shows us that transformation in our lives is possible and when we live a transformed life we will have an effect on those people around us.

At the conclusion of each chapter, Johnson gives us a list of things we can do that she titles, "Experiments In Connecting With God," which even gives more practical advice on how to achieve a life of living like Jesus.

I would recommend this book for a personal/devotional read, but it could also offer up some great discussions in a small group setting. This book is a welcome addition to my library and I expect to reference it many times in the years to come.
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What an incredible book this is! It has taken me such a long time to go through this because it is so full of meat that I have to read, stop, and digest after sections of this book. I was challenged over and over as I read how to really listen to people, how to be real, how to show compassion and more. The book is great because it not only describes Christ-like-ness, it gives you exercises on what you can do to practice each character of Christ. It is kind of looking in the mirror, like James (of the bible) says, and actually practicing what you have learned. Many books leave you dry in this area. You, too, will not doubt be challenged and grow closer in your walk with the Lord, when you read this book.
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I was asking myself, "how do I die to myself?" And in hopes of getting some helpful answers, I bought this book. This book is really helping me. Especially towards the end, the book focuses on things that are practical. Chapters titled "Hidden Servant" and "Dying to Self" are to be referred to again and again in the future. The next chapter is titled "Slow to speak" and I'm so excited.
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This book was wonderful. I read this and learned so much. This book was great! The author leads the reader through the Bible directing the reader to look more deeply into the actions and scenes that are described. She directs the reader to take on the characters in the Bible and see from their vantage points. This book is a super aid in your spiritual growth.
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This a book about Christian disciplines but not in the traditional sense. I liked how she took the life of Jesus and what he modeled as an example for us to follow. She also has great ideas for applying what you are learning. I am hoping to go through this book again with a friend in the coming year to help in actually applying some of the ideas.
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