The Jesus Life: A Book Review

I continue to be struck with the number of books that are on the market that focus on living The Way. Clearly there is a desire to live in the Way of Jesus in a new way, in a way that returns to what it really means to follow Jesus beyond the daily “quiet time.”

Stephen W. Smith offers “eight ways to recover authentic Christianity” in his book The Jesus Life. Not only does he offer, by way of introduction, a prompt to recover your own life, he also describes living according to rhythm (just as Jesus did) so that we might sustain this new way of life. From there, Smith provides eight ways of living according to the Way: dailiness, hiddenness, family, companionship, the table, doing good, ritual, and suffering. With each chapter, Smith offers practical and profound suggestions for going further with each theme.

One of the things I really appreciate about this book is that Smith explores and describes themes many people may not have previously considered to be part of the Way. These themes, however, are themes with which we are all familiar and themes which shape us as travelers along the Way–and are perfect for finding a new way to interact with and walk with Jesus.

Although I was reading this book quickly to adhere to a deadline for reviewing it, know that this book is NOT to be devoured. It should be read at a slow pace, one theme at a time…perhaps with another person or a small group of trusted friends with whom you can engage in dialogue that arises with material such as this. Indeed, Smith provides discussion questions related to each chapter at the end of the book.

This book is a fantastic starting point for many reasons, including a means with which one can begin to find the courage to live according to the Way. It may also pair nicely with (or be a good foundation before reading) Mark Scandrette’s Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love.

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Note: Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,Part 255.

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2 thoughts on “The Jesus Life: A Book Review

  1. Thank you for your review of my book, The Jesus Life. If there’s interest, I’d be willing to offer 2-3 copies for your blog readers. Let me know. Best, Steve

  2. Thanks for the offer! I have already loaned my review copy to a friend, but if I know of someone else who is interested, I’ll let you know!

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