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The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice a Common Faith [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove , Shane Claiborne
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A revival is stirring in North America by people who’ve surrendered their whole lives to the Spirit, Christians committed to transforming themselves and the world around them. This movement marks a shift in the way people are engaging faith. This new generation doesn’t think from belief to action but rather from action to reflection on beliefs, tending to care more about what faith does than what it tells us to believe.

But faithful action is always inspired and sustained by the basic truths. As Christians, we have a rich tradition of passing our faith from one generation to the next through teaching, discipleship, and sharing life. According to the authors, we need to carry on this tradition today, teaching Biblical truths and celebrating those who’ve passed their faith to the next generation.

This DVD study presents stories of faith and explores why Christians do what they do, delving into the core convictions of a faith that leads to action. Your group will learn basic Christian truths and what it means to build community among believers. 

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About the Author

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is an associate minister at St. Johns Baptist Church. A graduate of Duke Divinity School, Jonathan is engaged in reconciliation efforts in Durham, North Carolina, directs the School for Conversion (, and is a sought-after speaker and author of several books. The Rutba House, where Jonathan lives with his wife, Leah, their son, JaiMichael, daughter, Nora Ann, and other friends, is a new monastic community that prays, eats, and lives together, welcoming neighbors and homeless. Find out more at

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  • File Size: 1448 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00DF81YN6
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JK55QI
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's deepest book yet December 5, 2012
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In June of 2012 I was able to meet the author of The Awakening of Hope, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. I stayed near his home, visited frequently, eat meals with his family and community, played with their children and on numerous occasions talked with him and other members of the Rutba House Community which Wilson-Hartgrove is part of. I was deeply humbled by how down-to-earth they are.

Of particular importance, I met one individual in the community who, while living in the neighborhood, happened to be homeless. He moved into the Rutba community and now is a member. It is examples of love, reconciliation, justice, and hospitality like this that show how deeply true to the spirit of Christ folks on the Rutba Community are. To see it is to have fresh imagination breathed over you by God.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's newest book The Awakening of Hope is a breath of fresh air along these same lines. He works to answer two questions. First, How is Christian hope born, nurtured and shared? Second, what are the practices that "normal" Christians are engaged in that is changing them into "saints"? He answers this in seven chapters each describing a specific practice:

1. Why we eat together
2. Why we fast
3. Why we make promises
4. Why it matters where we live
5. Why we live together
6. Why we would rather die than kill
7. Why we share the good news

Because The Awakening of Hope is a book about practices, that are sorely needed within the western church, Jonathan isn't hesitant to be theological. But don't let this wary you. His theology is lived out and a flower blossoming from his life in community and close quarters with the people of a struggling neighborhood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet and brilliant reminder October 10, 2012
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Sometimes even those of us who are deeply embedded in the missional community movement can forget why we do what we do. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's new book brilliantly describes why we pursue this common life and why it is far more than just a passing fad. - Rob Yackley, lead architect of NieuCommunities and co-author of Thin Places.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hope in the Trenches January 18, 2013
I respect what Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is doing through Rutba House in Durham, NC, and through the New Monasticism movement. I pray that more church leaders will follow his courageous and provocative example. Most church leaders stay secluded from the communities they live in, but Jonathan is busy getting his hands dirty in the real world. We're both engaged in similar work, in the same part of the country, so I would consider I him an ally and a mentor. I share his vision, in general, though I suspect we would differ in some particulars. For instance, I'm not convinced that Christians should be pacifists, though I did find it interesting that the medieval church had rites of penitence and confession for returning soldiers (pg. 134). On other issues, such as women's ordination and homosexuality, I'm afraid I must remain theologically old-school and "intolerant". But, though I'm not a pacifist, I share Jonathan's critique of the American military-industrial complex. Just because our government decides to go to war, does not make it "just." Just because I believe homosexuality is sinful, does not mean I hate homosexuals. Rather, I believe we should welcome them into the church, as the only place to find true healing and healthy love.

On other issues, such as racial reconciliation and caring for the poor, Jonathan is putting us conservatives to shame. We sit comfortably in our pews, listening to yet another screed on the latest hot topic in the "culture wars," while we neglect the poor down the road and only hang out with others of the same race. The stories that Jonathan tells are inspiring and moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Community, Hope, and Revival January 6, 2013
I am a big supporter of what has been called the "New Monastic Movement", which are groupings of communities of people that live together with a focus on Jesus teachings from the Sermon on the Mount. This one expression of Christianity is growing in recognition as a response to a new thing I believe God is doing among this generation.

In his most recent book, "The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice a Common Faith", Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove writes "for people who have a hunch, whether you like the language of revival or not, that God is stirring a new movement in our world today" (p. 13). This new revival is based on community, hope, reflection and action trusting in God's providence.

Jonathan goes on to say that "the mission of the church is always to connect God's story with society's deep need" (p. 14). What deeper need is there than our Father's desired relationship with his creation? The Fall has harmed our divine relationship with our Creator, but also our relationship with each other and our world. Jesus meets these needs and shows the way to make things new. Restoration, repentance and resurrection are bigger themes than they are often realized. Not only are they truths about our Savior's desire, but they are ideologies that are to be lived by the Church as God's redemptive plan for the world.

Jonathan tackles the "why" behind big questions like consumption, feasting and fasting, promises to one another, confessing sin and sharing the Good News with others. Through these reflection and actions pictures, the reader will be inspired by stories of God's people being a peculiar type, living purposefully yet counter culturally for the Kingdom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I think a few missteps, but very much worth reading.
I have read several of Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s books previously (God’s Economy and The Wisdom of Stability). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Adam Shields
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for small group introductions to peacemaking and community...
"The Awakening of Hope" is readable and refreshing. His discussions on incarnation, life together and the witness of peacemaking are great. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Anthony Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars FAITH IN ACTION
I loved this book. Jonathan's quiet, gentle voice bids us look at living examples of faith that transforms--even in unlikely places. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jeanie Mcgowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Jonathan is a great writer and walks the walk. We just finished one of his books as a group and will be reading more.
Published 16 months ago by Charles A. Cardwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published on April 20, 2013 by eber52
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Words
Jonathan speaks from experience- the stories he tells and the conclusions he draws flow from his own walk with God and with others. Read more
Published on April 18, 2013 by Larry Duggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing Hope where needed.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, one of the leading voices in the movement that has come to be call "New Monasticism," a movement that seeks to call Christians to living together in... Read more
Published on April 11, 2013 by Donald McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, Inspiring, Hopeful
It is a little disappointing to me there are not more reviews and commentary about this book, although it doesn't surprise me there is not. Read more
Published on January 4, 2013 by jdb
5.0 out of 5 stars Drop everything and buy it.
It's a wonderful work, drawing on many similar themes in Wilson-Hartgrove's earlier books. The DVD and book combo would make for a life-changing 6-to-7-week small group study. Read more
Published on December 24, 2012 by andyoftheway
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the church needs
Jonathan has done it again--written a book that the church desperately needs. More than ever, the separation between right practice and right belief is in need of collapse, and... Read more
Published on December 17, 2012 by Brian J. Gorman
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More About the Author

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual author and sought-after speaker. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School.

In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless are welcomed into a community that eats, prays, and shares life together. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, an organization that has grown out of the life of Rutba House to pursue beloved community with kids in their neighborhood, through classes in North Carolina prisons, and in community-based education around the country. He is also an Associate Minister at the historically black St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church.

Jonathan is a co-complier of the celebrated Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, and is the author of several books on Christian spirituality, including The Awakening of Hope, The Wisdom of Stability, and The New Monasticism.

An evangelical Christian who connects with the broad spiritual tradition and its monastic witnesses, Jonathan is a leader in the New Monasticism movement. He speaks often about emerging Christianity to churches and conferences across the denominational spectrum and has given lectures at dozens of universities, including Calvin College, Bethel University, Duke University, Swarthmore College, St. John's University, DePaul University, and Baylor University.

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