If you are looking for a study with heart and practical application, look no further.
Dr. Derwin L. Gray's, The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness focuses on the Savior's teachings about the Beatitudes, found in Matthew 5: 3-12. They are as follows (Paraphrase):
1) the poor in spirit
2) those who mourn
3) the humble
4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
5) the merciful
6) the pure in heart
7) the peacemakers
8) the persecuted
When I read the title of this book, I was immediately wary. Why? Fear of prosperity gospel. I do not want to review anything that promotes teachings of some misguided formula of if, then equals health, wealth. No, thank you.
Thankfully, that is not what this book is. It might be the opposite. Dr. Gray breaks down each of the beatitudes through word study and the context of Jesus's teachings and then weaves in his powerful testimony.
So, what are these statements entitled, "Beatitudes"?
Check out this quote from pg. 19 of the book:
"The Beatitudes are a description of how God's kingdom enters man's realm and transforms it. The Beatitudes are a picture of God's people, under his rule and reign of grace, live like on earth. They are the ethos of heaven invading earth. It's like God's people bring the currency of heaven and spend it on earth, enriching everyone's life."
I don't know about you, but I'll take some of that retail therapy.
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