Book: Life in Tension

Life in Tension by Stephen W. HiemstraLife In Tension: Reflections On The Beatitudes

Authored by Stephen W. Hiemstra
Foreword by Nathanael Snow
Edited by Reid Satterfield and Nohemi Zerbi

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T2Pneuma Publishers LLC
—Paperback: 978–1942199045 (August 27, 2016)
—Kindle: 978-1942199052 (August 22, 2016) [ASIN: B01KW0ICY8]
Paperback: 304 pages, 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm), Shipping weight: 1.2 lbs.
Kindle: 277 pages, file size: 4177
Black & White on White paper, BISAC:  Religion / Spirituality (REL062000)


When God comes into our lives, we change.

Our new identity is in Christ comes into tension with our old identity in ourselves as the Holy Spirit works in our hearts and minds. This tension arises between who we were and who God created us to be, between us and God, and between us and those around us. The Apostle Paul calls the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives sanctification.

Hear the words; Walk the steps; Experience the joy!

Life in Tension reflects on Jesus’ Beatitudes  in the context of scripture.  The Beatitudes serve as an introduction to the Sermon on the Mount and lay out Jesus’ priorities in teaching his disciples. Because the sermon serves as a kind of ordination service for the Apostles, the importance of the Beatitudes for the early church, Christian spirituality, and discipleship today cannot be overstated.

Author Stephen W. Hiemstra (MDiv, PhD) is a slave of Christ, husband, father, tentmaker, writer, and speaker. He lives with Maryam, his wife of 30+ years, in Centreville, VA and they have three grown children.

Key word for this book include: Christianity, spirituality, Beatitudes, Jesus, Bible, devotion, and theology.

What people are saying…

We live in a fallen world. It leads to life in tension, and sometimes a life full of stress. Stephen Hiemstra takes us on a needed tour of the kind of character it takes to face such a life. – Darrell L. Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary

We don’t often think of our life as one lived in tension, but as believers that’s exactly how we live. Stephen Hiemstra’s Life in Tension takes us through the Beatitudes and provides a blueprint for Christians to navigate this tension with ourselves, with the world, and with Christ. – Sarah Hamaker, Author

The Christian life is filled with tension, paradox, and upside down requisites for obedience to the biblical text and the clarion call of God.     
– Stephen Macchia, Pierce Center for Disciple-Building

Stephen Hiemstra’s Life in Tension reminds me of Bonhoeffer’s   Cost of Discipleship, because it is an earnest, personal effort to hear and follow the voice of Jesus here and now.         – Jonathan Jenkins, Pastor

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