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How to Be Good in a World Gone Bad: Living a Life of Christian Virtue [Paperback]

By James S. Spiegel (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2004
Publisher   Kregel Publications
ISBN  0825436958  
EAN  9780825436956  

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"Be patient always." But what about when our prayers seem to go unanswered? "Seek peace." But what about when good intentions don't result in a resolution? "Be humble." But what about when no one gives us the acknowledgment we deserve? It's hard to be good, especially when everything - and everyone - around us seems to be going from bad to worse. How can Christians live the virtuous life that God has called us to? With candor and clarity, James Spiegel explores twenty-two different traits of a person with excellent character, including: humility, kindness, generosity, wit, justice, patience, courage, peace, gratitude, faith, and love. Each chapter features concrete examples and practical steps for developing specific virtues. This is more than a book of suggestions - this is a manual for how to be "blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation..." (Philippians. 2:14).

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James S. Spiegel is the Associate Professor of Philosophy at Taylor University. His works include Hypocrisy: Moral Fraud and Other Vices, How to Be Good in a World Gone Bad, and articles on ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion.

James S. Spiegel currently resides in Fairmount, in the state of Indiana. James S. Spiegel was born in 1963.

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Humble Direction for an Age of Confusion  Oct 25, 2006
I don't know if the best thing about this book is Professor Spiegel's attention to a subject vastly understudied within the field of Christian ethics (especially in the Conservative Protestant wordld), or if it is the way in which an account so locquaciously written can still be so philosophically informed and carefully reasoned - acknowledging other ethical traditions as sources of ethical reasoning, or if it is the fact that such a book has been written which, while addressing an academic question, still reads relevantly in the eyes of individuals concerned with the practical question of living life for the good. In any case, Professor Spiegel writes his vocation, as one trained not only to think about these issues, but also to live them, into a text which is available to the scholar and non-scholar alike. For someone trying to think about the difference between the ethical reasoning of Kant, say, and the ethical reasoning of Aristotle, Spiegel's work reads like an informed description of the virtues imbibed with deontological concerns. For someone trying to discover moral guidence - nearly absent in every way from the pattern of this world - this book reads like a guidebook to goodness, entreating to reader to a life which is lived truly, and well.

It may be a great compliment to an author to name him a philosopher of the highest sort, as a lauding of his erudition and scholasticism. I think that the more appropriate appelation, in light of this book, is to call Dr. Spiegel a true pastor, one who has guided many into calmer pastures of the mind where the pursuit of goodness is suddenly possible in a world that has speculated as to whether there is goodness at all to speak of.
Something for everyone--a great book  Feb 3, 2006
In this book, Dr. Spiegel brings together philosophy, theology and practical wisdom to explore an essential subject: living a life of Christian virtue. Philosophical as well as literary works are often employed alongside biblical passages as Dr. Spiegel explores the moral life that Christians are called to live. So, no matter what your background, you will learn something reading this book.

Personally, I was very encouraged and challenged by this book. I remember a professor in college telling me that if I ever wanted the ride of my life, I should just try to be good. He also told me that he knew nothing in the world that felt better than putting his head down on his pillow at night with a clear conscience. Certainly, it seems that answering God's call for us to live holy lives should be a constant challenge.

This book will be a help to you in responding to that call. It reminded me of The Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster--another amazing book. How to be Good in a World gone Bad will challenge your heart, your mind and your soul. Don't expect to have warm fuzzies every time you turn the page, but do expect for your desire to follow God to increase. Also, expect to be more equipped to do you part in fulfilling that desire, as the Holy Spirit helps you. Finally, expect to see the romance between God and yourself in a more beautiful light.

In a world today that desperately needs to see Christians living up to the call of Christ, Christians who are willing to train themselves in virtuous living, this book comes at the perfect time.
Great Insights  Mar 20, 2005
I'm only on Chapter 3 and already I know I'm going to be reading this book again. There were a number of times when something Mr. Spiegel said made me stop reading, put the book down for a few minutes, and reflect on his words.

The author has already helped me understand why I do things I don't want to do, and how to start doing things I want to do.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants new insights on how God works and how we can more closely work with Him.
A Book Well Written in Hope of a Life Well Lived  Feb 13, 2005
I would highly recommend this relevant and insightful book. Spiegel writes with a philosopher's mind, a pastor's heart, and an artist's pen to gently force the reader to reflect on the quality of the life they are living.

First, I should say that I was surprised at how much I liked this book. Virtue was not a subject that I was particularly interested in primarily because I labored under a faulty understanding of the subject. But I had stumbled upon Spiegel's earlier book on Hypocrisy, which I appreciated, so I thought he would have some valuable insights on the topic of virtue.

This book is inspiring in its explanation of virtues (universally desirable character traits such as love, creativity, humility, patience, and even wit to name a few) and the serious thought it gives to how one can come to possess and display these virtues in their own life. In that regard, it is a book that easily makes the leap from simply being something you are reading into a work that influences how you live your life.

I read through this book with several friends in a Bible study. It was conducive to this format and it really stimulated some great conversations between friends. Just a thought in case you are looking for a good book that is adaptable for use in that kind of setting or to read and discuss with a good friend.

This book engages the mind, heart, and soul and I would highly recommend it.

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