Item description for Living the Christian Life by Robert Ramey & Ben Johnson...
Overview Real-life situations in today's world constantly challenge people, and the authors respond to these challenges by drawing upon the Reformed tradition to provide guidance for spiritual development. Includes practical suggestions, lesson plans and exercises, and recommendations for encouraging spiritual growth.
Real-life situations in today's world constantly challenge people. Robert Ramey and Ben Campbell Johnson respond to these challenges by drawing upon the Reformed tradition to provide guidance for spiritual development. They provide practical suggestions, lesson plans and exercises, and recommendations for encouraging spiritual growth.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.64 lbs.
Release Date May 19, 2004
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664252869 ISBN13 9780664252861
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More About Robert Ramey & Ben Johnson
Robert Ramey Jr. has been a teacher and pastor for over 50 years. His experience includes being a leader for over 200 retreats on officer training, stewardship, evangelism, leadership development, spiritual growth, and conflict management; leader for preaching and teaching missions; chair of the Committee on Ministry, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta; national President of the Society of Professors of Church Administration; speaker at Massanetta Bible Conference; church consultant; and interim pastor in nine churches.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Living the Christian Life?
Well worth the read Apr 6, 2008
I encountered this book when my mother sent it to quite a few years ago. Her note says "I commend this book for reading , discussion, and practice" She was correct, what another reviewer calls a pietistic emphasis on listening to God, I thought of as a valuable emphasis on what we to often forget to do. There is an emphasis on thoughtfulness, combining both Theology and practice that is valuable. Barth is influential and sometimes controversial in theological circles, and in some cases the where the authors are clearly influenced by him, the book may turn off some readers who disagree with his writing, however the use of those views is nuanced, certainly not taken to the extremes that later theologians have occasionally taken Barth's views. The book is based on part's of Calvin's Institutes, with language changed to meet current usages, i.e. what Calvin called Piety we would now consider Spirituality. The authors use a Biblical criticism in a Biblical Studies sense of the word where it means examination and study rather than are colloquial sense of faultfinding. I keep returning to it for spiritual practice.
Looks Stimulating, Lacks Substance Jan 2, 2007
In connection with a series of adult catechism (Sunday school) classes I am doing on "The Reformed Life," I picked up a used copy of Ramey and Johnson's book, "Living the Christian Life: A Guide to Reformed Spirituality." What at first looked like a great title, and what continued to impress with its table of contents, quickly turned into a boring read.
As I mentioned, the ToC looked great, and right up the Reformed pastors' alley with its four main sections: The Foundation of the Christian Life, Means of Grace for the Christian Life (excellent sacramental focus), Challenges of the Christian Life (following Calvin's threefold aspect of the Christian life as self-denial, cross-bearing, and meditation on the future life), and Responsibilities of the Christian Life.
Yet, with its Barthian view of Scripture (p. 54), critical attitude towards the Scripture it seeks to uphold (p. 59), pietistic emphasis on prayer as "listening" (pp. 47ff.), and social agenda (e.g., p. 79f., 126ff.), it quickly turned boring, shallow, and trivializing of the Christian life.
I would have been better off just reading Calvin's Institutes, Book 3, chapters 6-10, referenced above. Therefore, I am left still searching for the paradigmatic book on Reformed Christian living...my quest continues as I must search elsewhere.