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Overview A Still More Excellent Way is a wonderful resource for use during the Pauline Year-and beyond. Written by Joe Durepos, the book provides readers with an inspiring introduction to the spiritual and moral wisdom of St. Paul through 52 brief selections from the apostle's writings. Each Scripture selection is accompanied by a story, reflection, or meditation that offers testimony to the unmistakably Christ-centered message found in the Pauline writings. Through the use of many twenty-first-century pop-culture references, Durepos shows how highly relevant the letters of Paul, and their sacred words, are for us today.
In 1 Corinthians 12:31, St. Paul exhorts the early Christians in Corinth to follow "a still more excellent way." The "way" he is speaking of is love--genuine, selfless love. For Paul, the ultimate meaning and perfect example of this love is found solely in the crucified, risen, and reigning Christ. With unwavering devotion, Paul's post-conversion life was focused on one goal: to point people to Jesus so they, too, could experience the unsurpassed joy that Paul himself had come to know through his Lord. "A Still More Excellent Way "encourages and inspires readers through fifty-two brief selections from Paul's writings. Each Scripture selection--short enough to be easily memorized--is followed by a story or meditation that supports the verses. And although the apostle Paul evangelized in the first-century Roman world, author Joseph Durepos uses plenty of twenty-first-century cultural references to make the material highly relevant for people today. Equally appropriate for personal reflection or small-group study, "A Still More Excellent Way "is an excellent opportunity for anyone to draw closer to Jesus through the unabashedly Christ-centered message of St. Paul.
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Studio: Loyola Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2008
Publisher Loyola Press
ISBN 0829427589 ISBN13 9780829427585
Availability 0 units.
More About Joseph Durepos
Joseph Durepos has served as the editor on three books: No Greater Love, Go in Peace, and John Paul II: Lessons for Living. He is the author of A Still More Excellent Way: How St. Paul Points Us to Jesus. He is the executive editor of acquisitions at Loyola Press.
Joseph Durepos currently resides in Woodridge. Joseph Durepos was born in 1955.
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Very enlightening Aug 12, 2009
Joe Durepos' book on Paul was such a gift to me. In the last year, I have become more and more interested in Paul's writings and this book confirms what an excellent leader Paul was. It also helped me listen more to what Paul was really saying, which led me to understand further what Jesus was saying. I recommend this as an easy, spiritual read filled with surprises.
A good read Jun 22, 2009
Using the book as a discussion text for our Men's Club and it looks to be perfect. Don't know I would recommend it as a "sit down and read" type book however.
Love it!!! Jun 4, 2009
Very easy read. Short stories enable you to put it down and pick it back up without trying to remember where you left off. I would love to be able to reflect and write like Joseph Durepos.
Hope in a cynical age Jan 9, 2009
"We live in a cynical age, and it can render us impotent." When I consider the implications of this assertion as I strive to make sense of this present period of economic, social and political upheaval in our country and around the world, the poignant relevance and singular timeliness of "A Still More Excellent Way" becomes readily apparent to me.
This gem of a book is a cherished gift that could not have come to me at a better time! It is a heartfelt collection of modest, yet provocative vignettes that are conveyed with an uncommon attitude of humility and reverence. Consequently, I found for weeks after reading and re-reading my favorite meditations that I carried their influence with me in my daily life as though I had been touched by a gentle hand of grace, and moved by a deep spiritual chord of resonance. I am aware of a subtle and welcome change of perspective in me in response to the invitation presented by these inspired writings.
There were many passages cited that were compelling to me by virtue of the depth of positive conviction they conveyed. For example: "Everything Created by God is Good" (p.6). At a time when economic, social and political turmoil all around me tempts me to feel cynical and impotent, it is nourishing to my flagging spirit to be reminded that everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, when received in thanksgiving, having been sanctified by God's word and by prayer. What a simple, powerful and hopeful message for these times!
There are many such insights and encouragements offered by Paul that are infused with unabashed affirmation! I point this out because I think it is easy for us to pass this enthusiasm off as the bias of an extraordinary believer. However, I prefer to consider that Paul, with his unique blend of both admonishment and coaching, expected us to take this teaching literally. There is a refreshing challenge he offers that is not intended to be symbolic or metaphorical; rather, it is intended as a call to action in a very real, practical sense, as he reminds us that joy, praise, public disclosure of our belief, hope, faith, love expressed and lived passionately and exuberantly are all part of the Christian's journey. I found this theme to be an essential reminder and a welcome and uplifting inspiration.
I heartily recommend that you take time to order "A Still More Excellent Way", to read it, to share it with friends and family, and to give it a place on your bookshelf or in your favorite reading nook where you can refer to it time and again.
In these turbulent times, I take comfort in Paul's admonition to us, as men and women of God, to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness, and to fight the good fight of the faith.
Joe Durepos has given voice in this gentle reminder to us that whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things...
In times such as these, it would seem wise and necessary for us to think about these things. "A Still More Excellent Way" will move, touch, encourage, challenge and invite you to do so with fifty-two stories and anecdotes using plenty of twenty-first century cultural references that will resonate to the cadence and rhythm of your prayer life, just as they have done with mine.
Inspirational and Practical Sep 16, 2008
I highly recommend this book of reflections to those who are busy or have trouble finding God in the humdrum of everyday life. Joe taps into his lived experience as a man of faith to help us grasp the richness of key messages of St. Paul's letters. I found the selections to be both inspirational and practical as a way to help the reader encounter Jesus in the nitty-gritty of life and to contemplate the beauty of God in the midst of human activity. What a beautiful way to honor the legacy of St. Paul!