James Bryan Smith is the author of the Good and Beautiful Series which includes The Good and Beautiful GodThe Good and Beautiful YouThe Good and Beautiful Life, and The Good and Beautiful Community. He earned his MDiv at Yale and his DMin at Fuller and is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, where he also serves as the director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation.

A founding member of Richard J. Foster’s spiritual renewal ministry, Renovar√©, Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. He is the editor of A Spiritual Formation Workbook and Devotional Classics (with Richard Foster), and the author of Embracing the Love of God, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to HeavenRoom of MarvelsThe Magnificent Story, and The Magnificent Journey.

Episode Talking Points

  • Connection to Dallas Willard and Richard Foster
  • Toxic self-narratives
  • Christian definition of “soul”
  • Ten universal longings of the soul
  • Soul care
  • Soul speed
  • Getting to heaven vs. Christ formed in us now
  • The dangers of dualism


  • James Bryan Smith’s Books books
  • James Bryan Smith’s podcast

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