We all want to improve our spiritual lives, but the task often can seem overwhelming. And while there is no shortage of self-help gurus hawking their wares, not enough Christians are making meaningful progress toward a deeper relationship with God. Now best-selling author David Augsburger reveals the life-giving nature of surrender and service in Dissident Discipleship.
Moving beyond self-centered therapies and "Lone Ranger" spirituality, Augsburger reveals that our spiritual lives will grow when we look outside of ourselves and lay down our lives in service to God and neighbor. Anyone interested in the topic of spiritual growth, from pastors to counselors, will be sure to welcome Augsburger's balanced approach.
The practice of radical attachment -- "Not believing in Jesus, but believing Jesus and believing what Jesus believed" (core christology) -- The practice of stubborn loyalty -- "True community : where the person you like least always is; if that person dies or disappears, a worse takes the place" (solidarity in community) -- The practice of tenacious serenity -- "Let go, let come, let be, let God; get up, get going, get to it" (willing obedience) -- The practice of habitual humility -- "Humility claimed is pride renamed" (unpretentious personhood) -- The practice of resolute nonviolence -- "Because my life is in God's hands, I will never take my enemy's life into my hands" (the way of the cross) -- The practice of concrete service -- "The best service ever seen, goes unseen, the best servants are at their best, secrets" (concern for others) -- The practice of authentic witness -- "Preach the Gospel at all times; if necessary, use words" (faithful presence) -- The practice of subversive spirituality -- "My nationality, Christian. my discipleship : dissident. my spirituality, subversive" (dissident discipleship).
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old
Published: 1st June 2006
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group