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Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Plough Publishing House; 3rd edition (May 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874860687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874860689
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most challenging statements on community that I have ever read. Its radical God-centeredness makes it not only very demanding, but also very inviting, comforting, and reassuring. (Henri J. M. Nouwen)

It would be foolhardy to try to distill the message of this book. It is already distilled, crystal clear… beautifully designed and produced, a pleasure to hold, see, and read. (Tom Cornell, The Catholic Worker)

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Everyone’s talking about “community” these days. Arnold and Merton say it can be lived, too.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 7, 2009
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There are some amazing insights in this book that can only be learned or expressed by someone who has started and lived in community for a period of time. No theory here but real and practical advice that I really appreciated reading. I told my wife that there are two or three profound thoughts here that may be the most important I have read in the last ten or twenty years.

If you are into developing church community, new testament churches, body-life church, the priesthood of all believers, organic church or the emerging church, here are PRICELESS insights you should absorb into your lifeblood!

I wouldn't worry about those that question the current movement, as this was written quite a number of years ago when the movement was new and still the first-generation alive to the call of Christ. I cannot say that this is not still absolutely true, it may well be. Only I know some are put off by the communal aspects of the movement and they shouldn't be. Critical reading for believers whether one chooses to live in a communal way or not.

I hope it gets re-marketed (Are you listening Rob Bell, Frank Viola, Neil Cole, Brian McLaren,...I need you to get out the word!) and reread my millions of believers looking for what it means to be members one of another.
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By A. Vaughn on May 13, 2012
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I enjoyed this book. This book is very brief, but raises many interesting points. This book would be excellent for a discussion group, since the short chapters would make for easier reading. In addition, since only one major idea is brought up in each chapter it would allow the discussion to focus very closely on one central point, as opposed to getting trapped in various alleyways and side points.
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