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Invitation to the Jesus Life: Experiments in Christlikeness Paperback – September 15, 2008
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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.
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cover bent, but the binding is solid and the pages are whole and intact.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Jan is the real deal. This is a great start to transformative discipleship. Thank you Jan.Published 9 months ago by Papa
Incredible book. Something that I pray all Christians read.Published 17 months ago by Nicholas D. Marts
The book is being used in our local Bible study. The format is very well laid out, the discussion questions are clear .Published 20 months ago by Nancy Rooker
If you liked Purpose Driven Life, you would like this book. It really makes you think and gets you practising the simple exercises by asking you questions and giving you... Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by K. Crawford
Very easy read, though truly thought provoking and challenging. Worth the serious believers time. We may use it for a small group.Published on October 2, 2013 by S. Geiss
This is not your average shallow bible study. Johnson doesn't hold back - she leads you through a tough self-examination with great insights and concrete exercises for growth.Published on August 13, 2013 by E.K. Frisbie
Self-help for selfish people who don't know better. Self absorption eat your heart out. Christ can be king and we can enjoy all the benefitsPublished on July 15, 2013 by edgar j powe