Review: The Jesus Life


I’d not discovered any of Stephen W. Smith’s writing until I read The Jesus Life.  It’s a gentle book, one which invites the reader to find ‘the Way that leads to life’.

In essence, Smith’s writing is a journey through various spiritual practices from a perspective that argues for rhythm rather than balance in the life of the believer.  If you are a seasoned reader of Christian spirituality titles, then I honestly doubt that you will find much here that is new.  Nevertheless, I liked Smith’s perspective on these practices: he describes the disciplines of obscurity, of family, of companionship, of the table – disciplines which would rarely make it into a list of spiritual disciplines yet which are so fundamental to a life characterised by the rhythms of grace.

This book would be great for someone who is in their first few years of the Christian walk or someone who has never explored the depths available to them in spiritual practices additional to the more obvious practices of prayer and Bible reading.  It’s out on 1 April 2012; you can pre-order by clicking on the link above.

I received a free galley copy of this book from NetGalley for an unbiased review.

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