Apprenticeship with Jesus : Learning to Live Like the Master

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  • Copyright: 9/1/2009
  • Publisher: BAKER BOOKS

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Ask a crowd of Christians whether they believe in Jesus as Lord and Saviour, and all hands will go up. Ask the same crowd whether they live like Jesus, and most of those same hands will come down. Why is this? Why is it so hard to bridge the gap between belief and real life?Respected author, professor, and psychologist Gary W. Moon thinks it has to do with our hyper-intellectual but non-experiential method of living the Christian life. In this winsome book Moon provides a thirty-day apprenticeship with Jesus, whereby readers will actively practice being with Jesus day in and day out. Each day's reading uses compelling stories and scripture to illustrate a point and closes with a suggested apprenticeship activity.

Author Biography

Gary W. Moon (MDiv, PhD) is Vice President and Chair of Integration at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Renovar+ International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. His most recent books include Falling for God and Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Forewordp. 13
Introduction: Who Would I Be If Jesus Were Living His Life through Me?p. 17
Getting Started A ""New"" Vision for Salvationp. 27
A Case of Theological Malpractice: Salvation Is Also a Lifep. 29
Getting Beyond Vampire Christianity: Transformation as Transfusionp. 36
Why Paul Rarely Quoted Jesus: The Great Mystery Revealedp. 43
Becoming Odd for God: The Divine Cultural Exchange Programp. 50
Meet the Master Reflections on the Keeper of the Mysteries of a New Lifep. 55
Desiring to Dance with the Trinity: God as Joy in Motionp. 57
Love Is God's Money: Compassion as the Economy of the Trinityp. 65
Emulating the Master's Creativity: The Joy of Originalityp. 71
Tapping into the Force: Christ Incarnate in Mep. 77
Know Yourself Reflections on Me-Apprentice and Student of the Mysteriesp. 83
The Good: I Am Better Than I Thinkp. 87
The Bad: I Am Worse Than I Can Imaginep. 93
The Ugly: Accepting My Personal Altarp. 99
The Beautiful: A ""New"" Vision of Mep. 105
Ways of Being with the Master Living Life ""with Jesus""p. 113
Life Is Too Long: When the Journey of Salvation Becomes Mechanicalp. 115
Yada, Yada, Yada: Putting Talk about Salvation Back in the Bedroomp. 122
Communion Ain't Supposed to Be Convenient: Being ""with Jesus"" in the Eucharistp. 127
Baptized into a Whole New Way to Livep. 133
Getting Scripture All the Way through Mep. 140
A ""With-God"" Approach to Scripturep. 146
Celebration at Fat Matt's: Becoming Lost in Unionp. 153
Meditation and Monk Fights: Learning to Celebrate Our Differencesp. 159
The Solace of Solitudep. 165
If God Is So Smart, Why Am I Doing All the Talking?p. 173
Carrying On the Master's Legacy Jesus Living through Mep. 179
Invitation to Join the Guild: Letting Go of Self-Sufficiencyp. 183
Trust and Companionship: Another Lesson in Surrenderp. 190
Getting through the Rough Spots: The Importance of Dark Nights of the Soulp. 197
Working with the Proper Light: And Letting It Pour In through the Cracks in My Fa&ccidle;adep. 203
The Need to Slow Down: Hurry Is the Devilp. 208
Eating a Balanced Diet: The Six Streams of Christian Spiritualityp. 216
Becoming a Master Craftsman: It's All About the VIM and Vigorp. 223
The Best Way to Apprentice Others: Live the Transformation You Want to See in Themp. 231
Now What? The Ongoing Mystical Experience of Theologyp. 239
Appendixp. 243
MS Outlook Screenshotsp. 243
Colossians 3:1-17 NRSVp. 249
Notesp. 250
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