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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802849857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802849854
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christine D. Pohl is professor of Christian social ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. She is best known as the author of Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition.

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I think it will be helpful for churches and their members to read this book.
Jay D. Weaver
This is a wise and thoughtful book that will challenge you and your faith community to work at creating a more healthy and whole Life Together.
Josef P. Aalbue
This book is lucidly written, and, at the same time, is very deep in scope, all while being a very convicting treatise on Christian practices.
Nathan J. Sweet

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. on August 20, 2012
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Christine Pohl has written another winning book on practices that nourish Christian (and human) communities and make them healthy and life-giving. She describes four such practices in particular, namely, gratitude (opposite=grumbling), promise-keeping (opposite=betrayal), truth-telling (opposite=deception), and hospitality--one of Pohl's specialties (opposite=exclusion). Everything she writes is alive, thoughtful, rich with implications for Christian life. And everything says, one way or another, that the way Christians live in community is "the most persuasive gospel [they] will ever preach." Bravo.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lorilie Roundtree on December 22, 2012
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I heard this author interviewed on Mars HIll Audio Journal and was intrigued by her thoughts about the problems that plague churches and other communities from not paying sufficient attention to such important practices as gratitude, truth-telling, fidelity and hospitality. As I read, I found myself alternatively nodding in agreement with the author and wincing when she touched on areas of my own life where I have failed in an aspect of one of these practices. This would make a great book for a small-group study or book-group discussion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Kinney on August 23, 2013
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I've been part of different congregations and have worked in a para-church organization and wondered at times how things can go so wrong. This book helped me to better understand behaviors that deconstruct community. I now understand community to be a great gift. One worth working hard to guard and maintain. I think this book would be helpful to anyone in a leadership role.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 4, 2013
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this book is an excellent summary of a recent study of how to make communities healthy and nurturing. it app;lies to Church communities, religious communities and even families. i believe some of it would apply to non profit groups like neighborhood associations... since it describes such "practices" as truth telling, promise keeping, gratitude and hospitality.
it's worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela on October 31, 2013
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A challenging book that really has helped me re-think the way I live in community. Am definitely grateful for this book :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay D. Weaver on October 2, 2013
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I think it will be helpful for churches and their members to read this book. It is a great book for having the church read it and discuss it together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Z on July 23, 2013
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This is well worth reading and living! It could be a great study for a small group or in a mentoring relationship (as well as person development). Dr. Pohl addresses key areas of community that can form or deform.
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