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The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice a Common Faith Paperback – August 25, 2012
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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.
Connect with Jonathan at www.jonathanwilsonhartgrove.com
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice A Common Faith is an attempt at basic catechesis (basic Christian instruction). Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is part of intentional Christian community and has worked with Shane Claiborne, Chris Haw and some of the other ‘New Monastics’.
These Christians are attempting to serve God through a commitment to local community. Most of them are pacifist, Chris Haw became Roman Catholic but retained participation in the work.
These guys are mostly my age, late 30s, early 40s. They have been working for nearly two decades now and have earned the right to speak to the broader church. I think some of the initial exuberance has faded. But it is no less important that the broader church listen to a segment of the church that has accepted a call to service.
What I find helpful about this movement is that while they encourage others to participate with them, most of the movement does not believe that everyone is called to their type of service. And what I think is even a greater sign of health and humility is that as a broader group, there is a real focus on spiritual development and intentional connection to early ‘radical’ movements.
So Wilson-Hartgrove, Haw and Claiborne worked together on a modern prayer book intentionally modeled on the book of common prayer. And in Awakening of Hope, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is attempting to modernize basic Christian instruction.Read more ›
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"The Awakening of Hope" is readable and refreshing. His discussions on incarnation, life together and the witness of peacemaking are great. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Michael Anthony Howard
I loved this book. Jonathan's quiet, gentle voice bids us look at living examples of faith that transforms--even in unlikely places. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jeanie Mcgowan
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 on January 7, 2014 by Charles A. Cardwell
Jonathan speaks from experience- the stories he tells and the conclusions he draws flow from his own walk with God and with others. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Larry Duggins
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 morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Donald McKenzie
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... Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Joshua Lee Henry
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 morePublished on January 4, 2013 by jdb
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 morePublished on December 24, 2012 by andyoftheway