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The Apprentice Series (3 vols.)
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The Apprentice Series (3 vols.)


IVP 2009–2010

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James Bryan Smith believes the gospel is about change in our lives today, not just our eternal destiny. In The Apprentice Series he aims to assist Christians in developing a robust discipleship by helping them understand who God is, what it means to be a Christian, and what it means to live in community as a part of God’s kingdom. Throughout the series Smith helps us discard the flawed narratives of our hearts and replace them with the truths God reveals in his word about himself, the Christian life, and his Church. This series encourages you to read, journal, pray, discuss, and participate in weekly spiritual exercises to help you engage with the text. Smith guides us in being with Jesus and discovering the narratives he lived by. Get to know the God Jesus knows and the kingdom he proclaims.

Whether for personal study, small groups, or an entire congregation, the Logos editions are the best way to work through this series. Tablet and mobile apps allow you to take the text with you. Deepen your study with Faithlife through accessing and sharing your questions and observations with your community, all from your mobile device. As you dive into each book, original language helps, dictionaries, commentaries, and a wealth of other resources are just a few clicks away. The fully indexed texts enable powerful searches by word or topic across your entire library.

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Key Features

  • Includes questions to individual reflection through the text
  • Offers questions for small grop discussion at the end of each chapter
  • Complete three-volume set of The Apprentice Series

Praise for The Apprentice Series

The Apprentice Series is a treasure. Dr. Smith has thought long and hard about the process of human transformation into the likeness of Jesus. I urge you to buy these books immediately! Read them and apply them. Then live them out in the context of a loving community. You will not regret doing so.

—Richard J. Foster, author, Celebration of Discipline

Jim Smith is the most articulate, accurate and helpful writer of spiritual formation of my generation. I give this series my highest recommendation.

—Todd Hunter, author, Giving Church Another Chance

If you’re looking for books to help patrons rekindle or enhance their relationships with God, buy this one. Highly recommended for small groups interested in deepening their relationships with God.

Church Libraries

The Apprentice Series is the best practice I have seen in Christian spiritual formation.

—Dallas Willard, author, The Divine Conspiracy

Individual Titles

The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows

  • Author: James Bryan Smith
  • Series: The Apprentice Series
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 232

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We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true—but many are false. James Bryan Smith believes those thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In fact, Smith declares, the most important thing about a person is what they think about God. The path to spiritual transformation begins here.

Turning to the Gospels, Smith invites you to put your ideas to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God. Once you’ve discovered the truth in Scripture, Smith leads you through a process of spiritual formation that includes specific activities aimed at making these new narratives real in your body and soul as well as your mind.

The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ

  • Author: James Bryan Smith
  • Series: The Apprentice Series
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 264

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

“I have never met a person whose goal was to ruin his or her life. We all want to be happy, and we want it all of the time.” So begins James Bryan Smith in The Good and Beautiful Life. The problem is, he tells us, we have bought into false notions of happiness and success. These self-centered decisions lead us further into the vices that cause ruin: anger, lust, lying, worry, and judging. Eventually we find ourselves living a beautifully packaged life of self-destruction. Following the Sermon on the Mount, this follow-up to The Good and Beautiful God guides us to look behind these character flaws and to replace our false beliefs with Jesus’ narratives about life in the kingdom of God.

The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love

  • Author: James Bryan Smith
  • Series: The Apprentice Series
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 240

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In this third book in the Apprentice Series, James Bryan Smith helps us know how to live in relationship with others as apprentices of Jesus. “Apprentices of Jesus are not part-time do-gooders,” he writes, “They live in continuous contact with the kingdom of God, and are constantly men and women in whom Christ dwells. They do not sometimes tell the truth, sometimes live sacrificially or sometimes forgive. There are myriad opportunities for us to impact the world in which we live.”

Yet many times we’ve gotten it wrong, tending to emphasize personal faith over social justice or vice versa. In these pages Jim Smith shows us how to bring spiritual formation and community engagement together, and then once again offers spiritual practices that root new, true narratives about God and the world in our souls. His insight and humility as a fellow learner with us will lead us to live in authentic ways as a good and beautiful community of Christ-followers, shining the light of the Spirit into every relationship.

Product Details

  • Title: The Apprentice Series
  • Author: James Bryan Smith
  • Series: The Apprentice Series
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 736

About James Bryan Smith

James Bryan Smith is a theology professor at Friends Unviersity in Wichita, and a writer and speaker on Christian spiritual formation. He is the director of the Aprentis Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University.