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Invitation to the Jesus Life: Experiments in Christlikeness
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Invitation to the Jesus Life: Experiments in Christlikeness


NavPress 2008

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What would it be like to walk with Jesus on a daily basis and know him personally? Jan Johnson offers 17 characteristics of Jesus that help you experience transformation in a fresh way. Each chapter takes a deeper look at particular, underrated qualities in Jesus and offers a menu of spiritual disciplines to embrace these qualities. By knowing him better, you become more like him.

The Logos Bible Software edition of this volume is designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding of spiritual disciplines. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original language texts, and important concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about faith, meditation, and Christlikeness.

Key Features

  • Discusses qualities of Christ and how to emulate him
  • Features questions and group study suggestions
  • Includes a spiritual disciplines glossary and index


  • Soul School: Will I Ever Change?
  • Part 1: Jesus, the Relater-Style Savior
    • God with Us
    • Attentive Listener
    • Authenticity: True Goodness and True Realness
    • Welcoming the Stranger
  • Part 2: Jesus, the Proactive Lover
    • Compassion That Flows
    • Tough but Tender
    • Speaking the Truth in Love
    • Cheerfully Going the Extra Mile
  • Part 3: Jesus, the Confident, Purposeful Savior
    • Purposeful Intentionality
    • No Fear
    • Exceptional Teacher
  • Part 4: Jesus, the Selfless, Hidden Savior
    • Hidden Servant
    • Dying to Self
    • Slow to Speak
    • Engaging Artist
    • Transcendent Glory
  • Epilogue: “Draw Me, We Will Run After Thee”

Praise for the Print Edition

Jan Johnson, with the tender touch of a soul companion, leads us into ‘soul school,’ where we can become the kind of persons who actually live the Jesus life. I will read and reread this book and give it freely to my friends.

—Howard Baker, instructor of Christian formation, Denver Seminary

Invitation to the Jesus Life engaged my emotions, my intellect, and my belief system. I can no longer call myself a Christ follower without becoming more like him. Get ready for an exceptional challenge to step out of your comfortable life and into the toughest, most rewarding inner change you’ve ever experienced.

—Carol Kent, author and speaker

Jan Johnson’s Invitation to the Jesus Life is a much-needed response to Dallas Willard’s startling charge in The Divine Conspiracy that a curriculum of Christlikeness does not exist. It is a carefully crafted ‘soul school’ for all who are weary with the wrong question—WWJD?—and long to learn how to love as many moments of their lives as possible with him as students of kingdom living.

—Gary W. Moon, director, Martin Family Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation, Westmont College

With simplicity and depth of insight, Jan Johnson carves a path of walking with Jesus that feels like a cool glass of water among trivial alternatives. Invitation to the Jesus Life is a welcomed guide to following Jesus that is biblical, practical, and most of all possible.

—Keith J. Matthews, professor of spiritual formation and contemporary culture, School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University

Product Details

  • Title: Invitation to the Jesus Life: Experiments in Christlikeness
  • Author: Jan Johnson
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 255

About Jan Johnson

Jan Johnson enjoys speaking at retreats and conferences, hoping to ignite within listeners a burning desire to know God in an authentic way and to live out a kingdom life in the daily companionship of Jesus. Unwilling to minimize the mystery of God or the human struggle, Jan presents biblical principles and characters in down-to-earth ways so that people can connect with God and become more thirsty for God. Her observations about life’s dilemmas give listeners a lot to study, ponder, and laugh about. As an author and spiritual director, Jan holds degrees in Christian education and spiritual direction, which along with many years of Bible teaching, have equipped her to write hundreds of published Bible study sessions. She is also the author of 16 books and more than one thousand newspaper and magazine articles. Jan is the author of 13 books and more than one thousand Bible studies.