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The Blessed Life

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 3 Feb 2021

Reflections on the Beatitudes, fruits of the Spirit, seven deadly sins, and Jesus's last words from an international group of Anglican writers, pastors and theologians.

“What does the blessed life look like daily? Prosperity preachers and their gullible disciples misdirect many into thinking that the blessed life is a life marked by buoyant health, bubbly personality, and bundles of cash — as if Jesus died to give us more cash and pleasure in this present life. But the writers of this blessed book on the blessed life rightly tell us otherwise. Anchored clearly in Scripture and deeply rooted in Christ, this book reminds us that the blessed life is a far richer, deeper and better way of living because it is rooted in Christ and guided by his word and Spirit to a life of faith and obedience to God. The blessed life brings glory to God and leads to true and lasting human flourishing that carries within it a great weight of glory in the present and for the future far much greater than the ephemeral life-destroying popular message of “blessing” many of us hear today. I highly recommend this book to everyone especially to my African brothers and sisters so that together we will live a
truly blessed life in Christ for his fame and our joy.”
Bishop Felix Clarence Orji, Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the West and Coordinating Bishop of the Church of Nigeria North American Mission (CONNAM)

Everyone wants to know how to live a blessed life these days: how to be happy, how to have a good life, how to enjoy all good things. But Jesus himself taught us how to be blessed, and showed us where the blessed life leads. So in this book, we take a closer look at each of the instructions Jesus gave in the Beatitudes, we examine the nine fruits of the Spirit and the seven deadly sins, before concluding with a section on Jesus’s own last words on the cross.

The number of sections corresponds to the number of weekdays during Lent, and so it is an excellent resources for individuals and churches to use during this season of prayer and self-examination. Each section has an opening question for reflection, a Bible passage to read, further questions to consider, and a prayer to use.

The Blessed Life is available now in print from the Church Society shop, in digital form on Amazon, and in print-on-demand format from Amazon (this will be the best option for international readers).There is a discounted rate for bulk orders direct from us and in addition, there is a special pre-Lent discounted rate on all versions! You can currently buy the paper book for £5 from us and £2.99 for kindle. From Ash Wednesday, the prices will go up to £6.99 and £3.99 respectively. Before placing a bulk order (of 20 or more copies), please check with the office to ensure that we have sufficient stock to complete your order in a timely way.

We also have ‘seconds’ copies here which are are a not quite at the normal product standard we would expect: they are a little scuffed and the front cover is very slightly misaligned. If you wish to purchase these seconds, they are now listed in the shop at just £4 with further discounts for bulk orders.

Ros Clarke is Associate Director of Church Society and a contributor to The Blessed Life.

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