A focused, simple handbook for those who undertake the challenges of living an authentically Christ-centered life.
“What would Jesus do?” is a great guiding question for living the Christian life, but it presupposes that we know the Bible well enough to come up with the answer. Maricle helps by mapping out the main priorities Jesus modeled in his life and ministry. He begins by asking a simple question: “What did Jesus most frequently and consistently say and do during his public ministry that would be instructive for us?” A formal analysis of the Gospels yields 8 priorities to emulate: healing, love, prayer, confidence in the treasures in heaven, oneness with God, spreading the word, innocence, and humility.
Maricle shapes these principles into a handbook for discerning right living in relation to God and others according to the ministry of Christ. It’s a warm-hearted, straightforward read, with discussion grounded in down-to-earth examples from preschoolers, Mother Teresa, Brother Lawrence, and baseball. His rock-solid essentials help one recognize oneself and find energy for the challenges of the authentic Christian life.
This book can be used as a personal spiritual survival guide, a small group study, or a church-wide challenge. Succinct summaries, questions, prayers, and scripture charts help readers internalize and articulate these faith essentials.
- New Christians who need a basic handbook on how to live in accordance with the life and teachings of Jesus
- small group leaders and pastors who need a 9-10 week study
- Christians who tend to over-think and over-read at the expense of making grounded faith-based decisions