The Power of a Focused Heart
8 Life Lessons from the BeatitudesMary Lou Redding • December 2005
Looking to simplify your life? quiet your mind? find your unique spiritual gift(s) and make a difference? Turn to the Beatitudes!
Sometimes teachings from well-known biblical passages are so obvious and preached so often that we overlook other helpful, not-so-obvious lessons. The Beatitudes are celebrated as being the template for humble Christian living. Dig deeper and you'll also find practical applications for living a simpler yet more spiritually engaged life, especially in this distraction-heavy and frenzied world.
"…the Beatitudes are not easy sayings we can glibly incorporate in our way of life," writes Redding. "Like so much of what Jesus said, they invite us to move beyond first impressions and surface meanings. They challenge us to explore."
Using Jesus' teachings about the kingdom of heaven and how that message spurs us to critically evaluate our priorities, Redding says we must learn to say no to some things to say yes to God.
The book's brief chapters are just-right for today's busy schedules and can be read in minutes. Daily exercises following each chapter will help you consider and practice lessons learned and respond to scripture in a self-guided study. Also included are meeting plans for an 8-session small-group study of the book.
Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1758-5
EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1759-2
Imprint: Upper Room
Pub Date: December 2005
Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x 0.347 in (d)
Page Count: 162
BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth
— Larry J. Peacock Author of Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Psalms, and Prayer Director of Rolling Ridge Retreat Center (North Andover, Massachussetts)
— Dr. Kermit Long Founding Pastor, Friendship House (Phoenix, Arizona) Former General Secretary, Board of Evangelism The United Methodist Church
— Rev. Jennifer Bryan Minister of Outreach and Evangelism Lenexa United Methodist Church (Lenexa, Kansas)