This book is a possible candidate for an upcoming book club at Valley Christian Church.
You Are What You Love
by James K. A. Smith
In this book, award-winning author James K. A. Smith shows that who
and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts. And while we desire
to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. We
might not realize the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival
gods instead of the One for whom we were made. Smith helps readers
recognize the formative power of culture and the transformative
possibilities of Christian practices. He explains that worship is the
"imagination station" that incubates our loves and longings so that our
cultural endeavors are indexed toward God and his kingdom. This is why
the church and worshiping in a local community of believers should be
the hub and heart of Christian formation and discipleship.
Following the publication of his influential work Desiring the Kingdom,
Smith received numerous requests from pastors and leaders for a more
accessible version of that book's content. No mere abridgment, this new
book draws on years of Smith's popular presentations on the ideas in Desiring the Kingdom to
offer a fresh, bottom-up rearticulation. The author creatively uses
film, literature, and music illustrations to engage readers and includes
new material on marriage, family, youth ministry, and faith and work.
He also suggests individual and communal practices for shaping the