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Overview Examine the virtues of Christ and be transformed into His image by practicing them. Become transformed into Christ's image and conformed to His will as you experience growth, maturity, and intimacy with God. EXPERIENCE CHRIST. Do you want to experience Christ in new ways but feel frustrated when nothing seems to work? Are you discouraged by those areas of your life that never change because that's just the way you are? Do you feel like you're not the person you were meant to be? If you answered yes to any of these questions and want to find true fulfillment, The Glorious Pursuit can help. By examining the virtues of Christ, you'll be introduced to a new way of experiencing Christ that is authentic and gives meaning that lasts. "When we practice the virtues of Christ," says Gary Thomas, "we become who God created us to be and experience God in a whole new way." The Glorious Pursuit examines how we can experience the long-term change that comes from following Jesus and reveal Him in our behavior toward others. Experiencing Christ is possible. The Glorious Pursuit will show you how.
Publishers Description "The Glorious Pursuit" examines how you can experience the long-term change that comes from following Jesus and reveal Him in how you act toward others. By examining the virtues of Christ, you'll be introduced to a new way of experiencing Him that is authentic and gives meaning that lasts.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.45" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 1998
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
Series Pilgrimage Growth Guide
ISBN 1576830527 ISBN13 9781576830529
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More About Gary Thomas
Gary Thomas is writer-in-residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, a frequent guest on Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today, and a popular speaker around the world. His award-winning books have been translated into a dozen languages and sold hundreds of thousands copies. Thomas and his wife have three children.
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The Glorious Pursuit Oct 20, 2008
This is the best book on spirituality that I've ever read. It is the solid food that we need to grow that Paul is talking about instead of milk. It has helped me and so many of my friends grow in their walk with God. The book is also great for small group study and discussion.
I absolutely loved this book, from the moment I picked it up. Take a pen and a hiliter,, use this book to make a difference in your life. It is written well, you are brought in and it impacts you. It is humbling, encouragine, motivating. A must read. Thank you Gary Thomas for this book!! It points you to Jesus and who HE truly is.
Wonderful Work On A Neglected Topic Mar 17, 2008
"The Glorious Pursuit" is a wonderful treatment of the importance of the Christian virtues, and a great work on the details of those virtues. The virtues in this view are not matters of moralism or character legalism. Thomas believes that we can surrender to the presence of God through the activities of the virtues. To engage our characters in this way is to allow Christ to have the right-of-way in our lives.
After an introductory section, Thomas deals with several Christian virtues one by one. Wisely, he devotes his first two chapters to humility. Without the proper foundation of humility, nothing else will fall into place. Each chapter is easy to read, short enough to read in one devotional sitting, and ends with some thoughts on practical steps we can take.
I especially appreciated his reliance on several of the ancient and not-so-modern Church leaders in this field, and his incorporation of solid current thinking on the subject.
This would make a great introduction and devotional work concerning the virtuous Christian life.
A Glorious Success Nov 8, 2005
Everything you need to know about Thomas' book is contained in the title. "The Glorious Pursuit" tackles how to pursue growing into the likeness of the glorious image of Christ. Many books in the past decade have confronted the topic of spiritual formation/spiritual disciplines. Some have broached the topic of the virtues. No other book has so biblically and practically addressed both together. Chapter by chapter, virtue by virtue, Thomas, like a master teacher, describes what the virtue is, then details the biblical and historical means to developing those virtues.
"Embracing the Virtues of Christ" empowers readers to develop the spiritual disciplines that lead to the spiritual formation of the following core spiritual virtues: humility, surrender, detachment, love, chastity, generosity, vigilance, patience, discernment, thankfulness, gentleness, fortitude, obedience, and penitence. "The Glorious Pursuit" shows you how you can cooperate with the grace and resurrection power of Christ as He orchestrates the formation of your inner life increasingly into alignment with His inner life.
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," "Biblical Psychology," "Martin Luther's Pastoral Counseling," and "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
An easy to read book on Spiritual Virtues Nov 16, 2002
The beauty of this book is the simplicity in which the material is presented. The author, Gary Thomas illustrates easily the virtues of Christ and the ways of incorporating them into daily life in order to grow spiritually. Thomas borrows a lot from St. John of the Cross, St. Theresa of Avila and most of all, from John Climacus. (He freely admits his sources, as well) This book, though, is much more accessible in its writing to the common reader. My only complaint is that the author tends to stretch metaphors to the breaking point where the comparison is almost silly sometimes. It does not detract from the book, though. For anyone who enjoyed this book, I would recommend the Ascent of Mt. Carmel and Dark night of the soul by St. John of the Cross, Interior Castle by St. Theresa of Avila, and The Ladder of Divine Ascent by John Climacus.