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Emergent Manifesto of Hope, An (emersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith) Hardcover – April 1, 2007

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From the introduction by Tony Jones: "In a variety of voices, this group of friends is attempting to sing a song together. There are times, I'm sure, when the harmonies don't match, when someone seems to be singing out of tune. But that's really not the point for us. The point is that we're singing, and that we're singing together." This inaugural release of the ēmersion series brings together an unprecedented collection of voices from Emergent Village as they explore A People of Hope, Communities of Hope, A Hopeful Faith, A Hopeful Way Forward, and Hopeful Activism. Those voices include: • Brian McLaren on postcolonialism • Dan Kimball on theology • Sally Morgenthaler on leadership • Will Samson on mission • Karen Sloan on sexuality • Tim Keel on imagination • Carla Barnhill on parenting • Tim Conder on church

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Engage the latest thinking of the emerging church Since the emerging church started grabbing headlines early this millennium, it has been labeled many different things. A movement. A conversation. A friendship. Some even call it a scandal. An Emergent Manifesto of Hope is a coming together of divergent voices into a collection of writings that will bring you into the latest thinking of the emerging church. You will have a front-row seat as both established leaders and up-and-comers in this influential international movement grapple with how to be faithful Christians in today's ever-changing cultural context. More than twenty-five contributors present honest, compelling, and at times highly personal reflections on topics like spiritual formation, social justice, sex, church and community, evangelism, racial reconciliation, postcolonialism, and the Bible. As you engage these reflections, you will come away with a deeper understanding of the hopeful imagination that drives the emerging church. And you will appreciate the beauty of a conversation that is continually being formed and, by its unique nature, defies one, univocal message.

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Product Details

  • Series: emersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080106807X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801068072
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,707,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Oden VINE VOICE on April 26, 2007
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Emerging Church books are getting to be increasingly common. It's an "in" movement and a lot of people have a lot of things to say about it. Lots of people try to define it or describe it or put their stamp on it. Some good, some bad, much positive, a lot negative. With all those books out it's hard to come to some kind of picture of what is really happening.

That's why this book is so great. Love Emergent or hate it, this book will give you a sense of the conversation by those who are most engaged in it. It will help steer a person past a lot of the popular conceptions and point out the emphases, issues, questions, and hopes found among those who are yearning for renewal in the church for our era. This is a very positive thinking book, focused on how to move forward, how to embrace the work of God, how to step past the frustrations and find new patterns.

Along with Emerging Churches by Bolger and Gibbs, this book is likely the primary resource for understanding the flow and rhythm of Emergent as it exists now.

Rather than being limited to simply liturgical differences, this book shows the broad and holistic approaches that underlie Emergent efforts. I don't agree with it all, with some essays really resonating and others really challenging. But it all got me to think and helped me get a much more solid sense of the quite interesting theology that's coming into increasing clarity.

I highly recommend this for those interested in this conversation. For those who are looking for encouraging new paths of hope, and for those who feel there's something going on in our generation but don't quite have the words to describe what it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joshua D. Brown on August 26, 2007
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Recently I got given a gift card to Borders and was finally able to go out and buy a book instead of relying on the trusty old library. So I picked up a book that I've been wanting to read but that the library didn't carry and to which I was not privilege with an advanced reader's copy (I'm not complaining). I've been curious to read it because it is the first book that Emergent has released in their new line of books. And I thought the format would be perfect for just this type of entrance into the publishing world.

The book is made up of 25 authors who each wrote a chapter for the project with general editors, Doug Pagitt & Tony Jones, providing intermittent thoughts and transitions between sections.

These 25 authors represent a diverse group of people that are, Protestant and Catholic, male and female, mainline and evangelical, clergy/pastors and lay leaders, authors and bloggers, black, white, hispanic, and Native American. This is the book's strength. It's diversity of authors and thus it's diversity of perspective. My only complaint in this regards would have been to had a more diverse ethnic presence and a sampling of thoughts that come from outside of the American context. But I also realize that with anything new, it takes time for diversity to establish itself.

As far as the book itself . . . it's a great introduction to what makes Emergent what it is and what sets it apart from other denominational or organizational structures. Namely, friendships and conversations. This context of friendship and conversation is what funds the theological imagination and hopeful practices of the church emerging. Instead of Emergent creating a movement focusing on doctrinal statements (defining whose out) . . .
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I was really wanting to like this book, but found it disappointing. Granted that anthologies can always be a mixed bag, depending on the authors asked to submit articles... but so many of these articles just didn't speak to me... and I found them uninteresting... or maybe it was just me and I didn't 'get' their theological/theoretical point of view. I did like the chapter introductions. And a few of the essays were great, in particular: "Growing Pains: The Messy and Fertile Process of Becoming" (which serves as a bit of an introduction to the Emergent Church Movement); "Meeting Jesus at the Bar: Or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Evangelism"; "Jailhouse Faith: A Community of Jesus in an Unlikely Place"; and finally, "Restoring Honor in the Land: Why the Emerging Church Can't Dodge the Issue" (the issue being the state of Native Americans in the U.S. and what they can contribute to the new ways of 'doing' church).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alwyn Lau on October 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Emergent Manifesto of Hope is the 'pilot episode' of a book-program known as emersion, a partnership between Baker Books and Emergent Village. The goal is to give the world more literary works on "the generative friendship of missional Christians sharing the love of Jesus Christ to the world" (creating a community which Tony Jones, in his introduction, termed a beautiful good mess)

It'll help to compare this book with an earlier similar-looking book, Stories of Emergence. In fact, one could almost say that Manifesto is Stories' sequel. If Stories was about life-journeys, Manifesto is about life's next-steps. If Stories focused more on what went wrong with faith previously lived/experienced, Manifesto offers tips on what to do right.

Whilst it would be very easy to finish the whole book in less than a day (which, by the way, makes it an excellent gift for Christians friends who don't read much but whom you KNOW can 'deal with' an innovative take on faith) , it's best to read this book s-l-o-w-l-y and let the words sink in. Especially if you've more or less 'signed-up' to the Emergent program, this book reads like a dear heart-warming letter from friends, which is in essence what it is - an assortment of friendship in writing.

And don't be fooled by the seemingly 'low-intensity' feel as you browse through it. Because whilst the language may be simple, the ideas, stories and concepts are far - very far - from the been-there-done-that-ism that often is the mark of 'light reading'.

I was half-worried I may be flipping through it the way an undergrad might flip through a pre-college book - I'm so glad I was more than half-wrong.
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