Very accessible study of the Beatitudes drawing from Christian including Orthodox Christian writings p9 To climb the ladder of the beatitudes we need to be climbing toward the living Christ not a dead body or an intellectual conceptchokengtitiktitikchokeng34 "If You Do Not Travel With Him "you do not travel with him you seek you will not find him at the end of your journeychokengtitiktitikchokeng45 God rant us the ift 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 God ives to us each daychokengtitiktitikchokeng77 French poet Leon Bloy Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of Godp148 Mourning is also a surrender of self In the rief of never again seeing in this world someone who has died there is a deep realization of the infinite value of other lives and the certain knowledge that I am nothing if not in communion with otherschokengtitiktitikchokeng156 What keeps us from the beatitudes is fear fear of others fear of the contempt of our peers fear of being a social castaway fear of poverty and ultimately fear of death Jim Forest is an Orthodox Christian who writes in the enre of Spirituality The Ladder of the Beatitudes is a spiritual exposition of the Beatitudes found in Sermon on Mount in Gospel of St Matthew As the title implies Forest sees the beatitudes as steps in spiritual life and each beatitude as a rung in the ladder of spiritual ascent As Forest states in the beginning this work is envisioned as a modern day Ladder of Divine Ascent Forest weaves together a beautiful tapestry of serious scriptural study Orthodox insights and several spiritual anecdotes Forest draws on a wide array of spiritual traditions TO PROVIDE AN INTEGRATED AND ORTHODOX provide an integrated and Orthodox of the spiritual life I recommend this work for anyone interested in living out the Christian life 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 provide an easily memorized summary of everything that 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 hi.
Jim Forest ë 1 SUMMARYA Prisoner of Midnight guide when preparing for confession Jim has a very readable style and I can t recommend this book enough I will be purchasing additional copies toive away as BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. gifts This is a veryood 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 ood to regularly meditate on the Beatitudes and this book will do it beautifully for youOriginal post Words And Peace I really
Enjoyed This Book The Authorthis book The author 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 Inciteful engaging explanations of the meaning of the Beatitudes Very helpful for Bible study Part spiritual instruction part church history I was blessed as I climbed The Ladder if the Beatitudes with Jim ForestFrom the bookThe "main word in the Beatitudes is blessed Truly they are blessed who are poor in spirit who mourn who "word in the Beatitudes is blessed Truly they are blessed who are poor in spirit who mourn who for righteousness who are merciful who are pure heart who make peace who are as willing as the prophets to risk punishment for the sake of God s kingdom But there is another word in the beatitudes that lights up the text rejoice If there is no God or if God has no interest in the activities of creatures that happened to exist on particular planets it hardly matters who we are what we do or what we believe We are on our way to the dust bin where the dust is indistinguishable from the dust of John the BaptistBut if the ospel is true if the truest thing we can say is that God is love if following Christ is the sanest and wisest thing we can do in our lives because each step forward brings us closer to the kingdom of God then we have to rejoice in it Those who climb the ladder of the beatitudes are in the best of company the prophets the martyrs and the saints the Mr. Jelly's Business great cloud of witnesse. Tament to provide an easily memorized summary of everything that follows right down to the crucifixion Blessed are you who are persecuted and the resurrection Rejoice and belad. ,
Ollows right down to the crucifixion Blessed are you who are persecuted and the resurrection Rejoice and be lad Words of peace are you who are persecuted and the resurrection Rejoice And Be Glad Words Of Peace and be lad Words of peace am indebted to Mr Forest for iving me a deeper understanding of the Beatitudes which is to say a deeper understanding and appreciation of the "essence of christianity reatjim forest is a kind "of Christianity GreatJim Forest is a kind patient teacher who walks is through the Beatitudes the core of Jesus s teachings I loved this book and learned a lot The Beatitudes the opening passages of the Sermon on the Mount by Jesus Christ as recorded in the Book of Saint Matthew has been my favorite passage of Scripture for virtually my whole life Blessed are the poor in spirit etc to me summarizes what the Christian life should be or at least what each Christian should be striving for After hearing Jim Forest Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines give a talk on the Beatitudes in Toronto Canada in the Spring of 2018 I decided to pick up a copy of this book I ve read several of Jim s other books including his book on icons advice on peacemaking a biographical book on Thomas Merton and another one on Fr Daniel Berrigan Why I had not read The Ladder of the Beatitudes earlier especially since it was published in 1999 the same year I was received into the Orthodox Church is a mystery But I finally bought it and read itI would have to say that this little volume 163 pages including endnotes is now one of my favorite books that explains what Christianity is or at least should be Jim describes each beatitude as a rung on an ascending ladder starting with poor in spirit then continuing through those who mourn meek those who hunger and thirst for righteousness merciful pure in heart peacemakers and ending with those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousnessWhile persecution is not something we would desire but if we follow the example of our Master as well as prophets of the old testament and many if not most of the early Christian martyrs persecution can come with the packageThis volume is filled with uotes from early Church writers saints and theologians throughout history borrowing from both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions and portions of Scripture Old and New Testament Jim presents a convincing argument that this is the path Christians should follow The Beatitudes can be used as. S 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 Tes.