When I see Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove‘s name on a book, I want to read that book. When I also see Shane Claiborne’s name, I would walk barefoot through snow to get a copy. Fortunately for me, this time all I had to do was respond to the offer from SpeakEasy.
The Awakening of Hope is a primer for living out the Christian faith. This very readable book is written in the form of an apology; not an “I’m sorry” apology, but as an explanation of beliefs, thoughts, and actions. The practices described are clearly and easily identified with the New Monasticism,
For me, the chief attraction of this book is this positive focus primarily on practices. There are helpful, instructive words inside about specific beliefs of Christians, but these paragraphs arise in the midst of a discussion of practices. The practices covered are: eating together, fasting, living together, making promises, not returning violence for violence, and sharing good news.
I am pretty sure people get tired of other people arguing for one belief or against another; I know I do. I don’t think this is because most of us want everyone to agree on everything. I think it’s because of the arrogance, condemnation, and condescension that fill so much of the air when differing opinions interact.
The Awakening of Hope, on the other hand, intends only to describe the way of life, and thus the beliefs, of a particular subset of those who understand themselves to be following Jesus.
If you are potentially interested in the resurgence of an ordered life, or just curious about it, this is a great place to start.
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