T explains what Christianity is or at least should "BE JIM DESCRIBES EACH BEATITUDE AS A RUNG ON "Jim describes each beatitude as a rung on ascending ladder starting with poor in spirit then continuing through those who mourn meek those who hunger and thirst for righteousness merciful pure in heart peacemakers and ending with those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousnessWhile persecution is not something we would desire but if we follow the example of our Master as well as prophets of the old testament and many if not most of the early Christian martyrs persecution can come with the packageThis volume is filled with uotes from early Church writers saints and theologians throughout history borrowing from both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions and portions of Scripture Old and New Testament Jim presents a convincing argument that this is the path Christians should follow The Beatitudes can be used as a guide when preparing for confession Jim has a very readable style and I can t recommend this book enough I will be purchasing additional copies to give away as gifts Very accessible study of the Beatitudes drawing from Christian including Orthodox Christian writings p9 To climb the ladder of *The Beatitudes Need To *beatitudes we to climbing toward the living Christ not a dead body or an intellectual conceptchokengtitiktitikchokeng34 If ou do not travel with him whom Playhouse you seekou will not find him at the end of our journeychokengtitiktitikchokeng45 God grant us the gift of tears for those whom we miss for our past sins for the sins of others for the violence we do to each other and to the world God gives to us each daychokengtitiktitikchokeng77 French poet Leon Bloy Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of Godp148 Mourning is also a surrender of self In the grief of never again seeing in this world someone who has died there is a deep realization of the infinite value of other lives and the certain knowledge that I am nothing if not in communion with otherschokengtitiktitikchokeng156 What keeps us from the beatitudes is fear fear of others fear of the contempt of our peers fear of being a social castaway fear of poverty and ultimately fear of death. Tament to provide an easily memorized summary of everything that follows right down to the crucifixion Blessed are ou who are persecuted and the resurrection Rejoice and be glad. Part spiritual instruction part church history I was blessed as I climbed The Ladder if the Beatitudes with Jim ForestFrom the bookThe main word in the Beatitudes is blessed Truly they are blessed who are poor in spirit who mourn who hunger for righteousness who are merciful who are pure heart who make peace who are as willing as the prophets to risk punishment for the sake of God s kingdom But there is another word in the beatitudes that lights up the text rejoice If there is no God or if God has no interest in the activities of creatures that happened "TO EXIST ON PARTICULAR PLANETS IT HARDLY MATTERS WHO "exist on particular planets it hardly matters who are what we do or what we believe We are on our way to the dust bin where the dust is indistinguishable from the dust of John the BaptistBut if the gospel is true if the truest thing we can say is that God is love if following Christ is the sanest and wisest thing we can do in our lives because each step forward brings us closer to the kingdom of God then we have to rejoice in it Those who climb the ladder of the beatitudes are in the "Best Of Company The "of company the the martyrs and the saints the great cloud of witnesses GreatJim Forest is a kind and patient teacher who walks is through the Beatitudes the core of Jesus s teachings I loved this book and learned a lot Inciteful engaging explanations of the meaning of the Beatitudes Very helpful for Bible study I am indebted to Mr Forest for giving me a deeper understanding of the Beatitudes which is to say a deeper understanding and appreciation of the essence of Christianity I really enjoyed this book The author is a member of the Orthodox Church and he does an excellent job of delving into the mysteries of the beatitudes He uses the lives of saints scripture and everyday life to explain the meanings behind the words I would recommend this to anyone wanting a deeper understanding of what Christ meant when he taught us the beatitudes Drawing on stories from the lives of the saints scripture and everyday life Jim Forest opens up the mysteries of the beatitudes These ancient blessings with which Christ began his Sermon This is a very good book to meditate on the landmark Drawing on stories from the lives of the saints scripture and everyday life Jim Forest opens up the mysteries of the Beatitudes These ancient blessings with which Christ began hi. F the Gospel The Beatitudes I "LIKE JIM S STYLE VERY MUCH "Jim s style very much way he has recourse to spiritual authors of the East and the West as well as literature interesting people he met or personal experience to comment on the Beatitudes and lead us deep into their reality Whether Desire and Deceive you are Christian Orthodox or from any other Christian denomination it s good to regularly meditate on the Beatitudes and this book will do it beautifully forouOriginal post Words And Peace Jim Forest is an Orthodox Christian who writes in the genre of Spirituality The Ladder of the Beatitudes is a spiritual exposition of the Beatitudes found in Sermon on Mount in Gospel of St Matthew As the title implies Forest sees the beatitudes as steps in spiritual life and each beatitude as a rung in the ladder of spiritual ascent As Forest states in the beginning this work is envisioned as a modern day Ladder of Divine Ascent Forest weaves together a beautiful tapestry of serious scriptural study Orthodox insights and several spiritual anecdotes Forest draws on a wide array of spiritual traditions to provide an integrated and Orthodox understanding of the spiritual life I recommend this work for anyone interested in living out the Christian life The Beatitudes the opening passages of the Sermon on the Mount by Jesus Christ as recorded in the Book of Saint Matthew has been my favorite passage of Scripture for virtually my whole life Blessed are the poor in spirit etc to me summarizes what the Christian life should be or at least what each Christian should be striving for After hearing Jim Forest give a talk on the Beatitudes in Toronto Canada in the Spring of 2018 I decided to pick up a copy of this book I ve read several of Jim s other books including his book on icons advice on peacemaking a biographical book on Thomas Merton and another one on Fr Daniel Berrigan Why I had not read The Ladder of the Beatitudes earlier especially since it was published in 1999 the same ear I was received into the Orthodox Church is a mystery But I finally bought it and read itI would have to say that this little volume 163 pages including endnotes is now one of my favorite books tha. S Sermon on the Mount are all aspects of communion with God As Forest shows they are like rungs on a ladder each one leading to the next They appear at the doorway of the New Tes.
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