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The Ladder of the Beatitudes

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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 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 Testament to ...more
Paperback, 163 pages
Published June 26th 1999 by Orbis Books (first published 1999)
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Jaci
Jan 09, 2015 Jaci rated it it was amazing
Very accessible study of the Beatitudes drawing from Christian (including Orthodox Christian) writings.

p.9: To climb the ladder of the beatitudes, we need to be climbing toward the living Christ, not a dead body or an intellectual concept.
p.34: If you do not travel with him whom you seek, you will not find him at the end of your journey.
p.45: 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 G
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Emma
Jun 09, 2011 Emma rated it really liked it
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This is a very good book to meditate on the landmark of the Gospel: The Beatitudes. I like Jim’s style very much, the 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 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 for you.

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Beverly
Sep 08, 2010 Beverly rated it it was amazing
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.

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Nov 14, 2008 Will rated it it was amazing
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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.
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Inciteful, engaging explanations of the meaning of the Beatitudes. Very helpful for Bible study!
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