SAN FRANCISCO – Discipleship in Jesus’ time meant getting as close to the Rabbi as one could, close enough that the dust from the Rabbi’s sandals would fall on his disciple. That’s how close Jesus wants us to be, writes Dr. Edward Sri in his new book, INTO HIS LIKENESS: BE TRANSFORMED AS A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST.
Sri, a founding leader of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and professor of theology at the Augustine Institute, addresses what it means to be more than a fan of Jesus in INTO HIS LIKENESS. Discipleship needs to be more than just another Catholic buzz word. When grounded in Scripture, discipleship reminds us that following Jesus involves more than saying prayers and going to Mass and through the motions of the faith. It’s about being changed in Christ’s likeness “from one degree of glory to another” (2 Cor 3:18).
“We must remember two basic truths: First, the truth of our weaknesses, wounds and sins (A). And second, the truth of what we’re made for — healing and perfection in Christ (B). Living as a disciple is all about the process of getting from A to B,” Sri says.
But on a practical level, how does one answer that gentle tugging of the Holy Spirit and experience lasting transformation in Christ? Sri structures INTO HIS LIKENESS in three parts: what it means to be a disciple, how to experience the transformation Christ wants to accomplish in our lives and how to deepen our encounter with God throughout our lives.
At the end of every chapter, Sri offers reflection questions to help the reader consider the next steps God wants them to take as disciples. INTO HIS LIKENESS demonstrates what a transformative change in life looks like and how the reader can turn their love of Jesus from a fan to a disciple, to walk with Christ and be transformed by Him.
“I’ve heard it said that ‘God loves us right where we’re at. But He also loves us too much to keep us there.’ In his down-to-earth, relatable style, Dr. Sri does just that with this book,” said Teresa Tomeo, syndicated Catholic talk show host of “Catholic Connection” and “The Catholic View for Women.” “INTO HIS LIKENESS indeed meets us all right where we’re at in life while providing a way forward. It’s a path of powerful but practical spiritual steps to not only help us follow in the footsteps of Christ and His Church but to become more and more like Him in our everyday lives; something all of us need to continually strive for.”
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