You Are What You Love

You Are What You Love

The Spiritual Power of Habit

Book - 2016
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You are what you love. But you might not love what you think.

In this book, award-winning author James K. A. Smith shows that who and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts. And while we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. We might not realize the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. Smith helps readers recognize the formative power of culture and the transformative possibilities of Christian practices. He explains that worship is the "imagination station" that incubates our loves and longings so that our cultural endeavors are indexed toward God and his kingdom. This is why the church and worshiping in a local community of believers should be the hub and heart of Christian formation and discipleship.

Following the publication of his influential work Desiring the Kingdom , Smith received numerous requests from pastors and leaders for a more accessible version of that book's content. No mere abridgment, this new book draws on years of Smith's popular presentations on the ideas in Desiring the Kingdom to offer a fresh, bottom-up rearticulation. The author creatively uses film, literature, and music illustrations to engage readers and includes new material on marriage, family, youth ministry, and faith and work. He also suggests individual and communal practices for shaping the Christian life.

Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan :, Brazos Press,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9781587433801
158743380X
Characteristics: xii, 210 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm

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Jul 26, 2018

Every once in a rare while I come across a book that is truly revolutionary and this is one.
All I ever read about God is that He is the Almighty, the King, the ruler - not often is He presented as love. The entire love story of God and Jesus is not just the Bible, but a continuing unfolding one that we are all part of, with a glorious ending of God coming back to live with us.
James Smith shows us the power of story and ritual as worship, as opposed to using just our intellect, and how this way of living could change our lives. He shows us the common hunger we have in our hearts and how we have tried to satisfy this with a very interesting, and humbling message about our shopping malls - the new place of worship.

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BOOKMONKEY109
Nov 24, 2017

I liked this book. I'm not a religious person but his book points to where we spend ourselves (energy, time and resources) indicates what our values really are. Very humbling!

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