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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830836330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830836338
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Bessenecker is Associate Director for Missions for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and author of several books, including The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World´s Poor. He sends more than 2,000 students each year on short term mission experiences in a number of urban poor locations around the world. Scott blogs on urbana.org at The Least of These.

Shane Claiborne is a preacher, writer and lover of Jesus. He attended Eastern University, where he studied sociology and youth ministry. Claiborne is cofounder of The Simple Way and is currently a part of The Alternative Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He serves on the board of the Christian Community Development Association. He is the author of The Irresistible Revolution and coauthor of Jesus for President. Catch up with him at thesimpleway.org.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (M.Div., Duke Divinity School) is director of the School for Conversion in Durham, North Carolina, where he is a member of the Rutba House new monastic community. He is the author of To Baghdad and Beyond and coauthor of Inhabiting the Church: Biblical Wisdom for a New Monasticism. He is also the coeditor of School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism. Catch up with him at newmonasticism.org.

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My hope is that you will read this book.
A. Morgan
This book is a great introduction to what the New Friars movement is all about-- taking Jesus seriously enough to live out his radical teachings.

This book shares deep truths that have the authority of lives lived out in faithfulness.
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Morgan on October 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I went to a conservative evangelical seminary where the Scriptures are taught faithfully. However, I still remember the shock I experienced when during one Church History Class we were told that the ministers who most often went into the slums of cities were Catholic priests. They were the ones who went to the poorest of the poor and sickest of the sick and ministered. Protestants liked to have congregations who were able to hear and appreciate the preached word. Protestant's tended to minister in the middle class areas. Preaching is good and right. But we need to also be the hands of Christ, and this is why I come away from readings books like Living mission: The Vision and Voices of New Friars wrestling with a whole host of emotions including admiration, excitement, shame and conviction.

The New Monasticism movement is about reaching out with both the gospel and the love of Christ through physical presence and real practical help, in other words, mission. Do not misunderstand - this is not unthinking social action. The various authors in this book are clearly deep thinkers of scripture - people who have meditated on the word of God; have heard the call of God; and have acted, giving their lives completely to the service of Jesus - giving up all else to follow him. We say that we live in a Global society - this is a book about Global mission which begins right on our door steps.

These are not super-christians, or super-humans but each of the authors are on the front line and the cutting edge of mission, passionate and committed. It's not glamorous and exotic; it's serious, hard, powerful and Kingdom centered.

My hope is that you will read this book. You will probably feel uncomfortable with some of this book, but then you will also be challenged - challenged to re-think what mission is. Which is a good thing.

Highly Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By  on August 1, 2011
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I felt deeply inspired and challenged by the stories from the front lines of the New Friars movement in this book. I especially felt encouraged by the author's identification of distinct, Biblical roles for remainers, returners, and relocaters. Historically, missionary movements have seemed to value only relocaters: people from outside who could bring expertise, knowledge, and leadership to "heathen," backwards places. Nowadays, some groups have shifted to the opposite end of the spectrum, saying that Westerners should stay home, pray from a distance, and send money to local Christians because their financial resources are the most useful thing they can contribute to the global Church. But the stories in Living Mission demonstrate the unique voice and role that remainers, returners, and relocaters can all have in ministry. Aside from overseas ministry, this idea challenged me think about my role as a returner/remainer in my own country who can share God's vision for social justice and the role of the Church in caring for the poor and marginalized, and who can be a living example of an alternative lifestyle that demonstrates this vision in action.

From successful drug rehabilitation centers for youth, to home-based care for AIDS orphans, to income-generation projects for impoverished women and those coming out of prostitution, the faithfulness of New Friars workers to a Biblical vision of justice and compassion is having tangible results around the globe. Over the past few months, I've had the chance to visit a few of these workers and see their lives firsthand.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Arpin-Ricci on December 13, 2010
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A few years back, as I was beginning to explore Franciscan & monastic spirituality, I came across a book called "The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving The World's Poor" by Scott Bessenecker. From that excellent and challenge book, Scott became a friend and someone I knew had the pulse of Christian mission with the poor around the world. So I was thrilled when I heard that he was editing a follow up book to "The New Friars", sharing voices & vision from those living the mission around the world: "Living Mission: The Vision & Voices of New Friars".

This book shares deep truths that have the authority of lives lived out in faithfulness. I have come to know several of the "new friars" personally and have had friends visit a few of their communities. They are legitimate. The last thing they would want is to be "sainted" as somehow perfect. They have their faults & openly share their failings, but that only adds to their credibility.

I highly recommend this book and the ministries/people represented within.
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