Words are powerful. They contain ideas and shape the way we see God, ourselves and all of reality. We're transformed, in particular, by God's Word, and by 'the Word', the Logos - Jesus himself - as described by John in the first chapter of his Gospel.
Memorising and studying a passage in depth can offer a deeper sense of the meaning of each word. In this unique introduction to the hidden life in Christ, James Bryan Smith walks readers through a thirty-day immersion in Colossians 3:1-17.
Each of the thirty short chapters of this book bring out the main truth of just one word or phrase of this rich passage. You'll also find a very simple daily practice to take up, reflection questions and a guide for five weeks of group discussion.
James Bryan Smith
James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, D.Min., Fuller Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, KS and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He also serves as the director of the Aprentis Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University. A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, Renovaré, Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is the author of the warmly received Apprentice series.
The Apprentice Series is the best practice I have seen in Christian spiritual transformation.
- Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy
This book was a great blessing to me in my daily walk...I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to take a closer look at the amazing truths in Colossians 3, and to learn and grow through doing so.
- Matt Hunt, Scattering the Stones
This book is both insightful and inspiring...It will transform the way in which you look at Colossians 3...Take the time to slow down and absorb the meaning of God's words to you today.
- Wendy Jones, Bookaholic
The author of this very easy to read book has two simple messages for his readers - Jesus is with you and in you always, and you live in the unshakeable kingdom of God . . .The simple truths . . . are presented very clearly.
- Kim Walker, The Idea Magazine
This is a 30-day study of Colossians 3:1-17 - an immersion into the individual words and phrases that make up this wonderful passage of scripture - but also a practical guide as to how to put what we learn into practice. Challenging and inspirational.
- Woman Alive
I've long searched for books on one of Smith's main themes: how we live in Christ and he lives in us... the book is suitable for use as a daily devotional