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Religious Vows, the Sermon on the Mount, and Christian Living


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Bonnie B. Thurston, Ph.D., lives in West Virginia in solitude. She is a Disciples of Christ minister and the author of several books, including Fruit of the Spirit, Growth of the Heart and Philippians in the Sacra Pagina series published by Liturgical Press.


This short book is rich in insights into the Sermon on the Mount and its application to the life of Christ's disciples. . . . the book can be read with profit by any disciple committed to the life of the Gospels, lay, religious professing the traditional vows, and monastic.American Benedictine Review
The title of the book is very fitting for it shows the relationship of the religious vows with Matthew's Sermon on the Mount and how it is influential to every Christian.Catholic Library World
The real benefit of Thurston's study is her solid confidence in the applicability of Christ's teachings . . . it is a creative engagement of the Lord's message and one that is intent on exposing how Christ's teachings remain immediate and integral to the Christian's daily life.Cistercian Studies Quarterly
. . . her eagerness and her devotion to Scripture remain rich and fruitful.Cistercian Studies Quarterly
Thurston gives us this fresh perspective and manages to do the nearly impossible: open up the Sermon on the Mount as an undiscovered treasure!Spirituality and Practice
Thurston displays her poet's keen sense of wordcraft. She builds upon her thorough knowledge of Scripture, Greek and Hebrew to ground the reader-lay and religious-in these primary 'marching orders' we call Beatitudes.Regula
... shows how the Sermon on the Mount can deepen our understanding of the spiritual values that religious vows are intended to nurture. New Testament Abstracts
Biblical scholar and Disciples of Christ minister Bonnie Bowman Thurston adds another contribution to her thoughtful works on biblical spirituality.The Bible Today

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