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According to Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, faithful action is always inspired and sustained by common convictions the basic truths that have sustained God s people throughout every generation.

The Awakening of Hope re-presents Christian faith by beginning with stories of faithful witness and asking, Why? Why do Christians eat together? Why do we fast? Why would we rather die t
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 25th 2012 by Zondervan (first published August 13th 2012)
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Katie

The Awakening of Hope answers several seemingly simple questions in order to get to the heart of why Christians believe what they believe rather than talk about what they’re supposed to believe: Why do we eat together? Why do we fast? Why do we make promises? etc. It aims to clearly present the basic truths that have formed the foundation of Christianity throughout the ages, and while it does so by relying on assumptions that more secular or liberal Christians may not necessarily share, it’s sti
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Tim
A book that reflects on historical practices of the church, examining them from Scripture, from history, especially that of monasticism, and from Wilson-Hartgrove's own experience within and beyond the New Monasticism. It is a kind of catechism, focused on discipleship, without ignoring doctrine. The practices he focuses on include: why we eat together, why we fast, why we make promises, why it matters where we live, why we live together, why we would rather die than kill, and why we share the g ...more
Gregory Soderberg
I respect what Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is doing, and 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 convi ...more
Benjamin Vineyard
The Awakening of Hope (Wilson-Hartgrove) [Book Review]

Who can help guide us in the Jesus way of life as we live together, estabilishing rhythms and traditions in our communities?

What would be helpful, I feel, is a catechism that helps establish an answer for the way of life we've taken on rather than just a answers for the doctrines we hold to be true.

Why a catechism? Well, because such books have been held by communities of faith as a rule and guide for nurturing their communal identity. They'r
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James
I continue to be challenged and inspired by the New Monastic movement. I live in a sleepy suburb isolated from my Christian community, but the challenge of Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Shane Claiborne stirs me to delve deeper into intentional community and invest in a particular place. In The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice a Common Faith, Johnathan Wilson-Hartgrove explores the habits which shape convictions and sustain God’s people. The accompanying six-session DVD and discussion guide exp ...more
Adam Shields
Book Review: The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice a Common Faith by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove - a modern narrative form of catechism teaching. This form is highly influenced by the new monastic movement and Wilson-Hartgrove's strong commitment to place. It feels more like theological reflections by Eugene Peterson or Wendell Berry more than a traditional catechism. And that is partially successful. I think it is worth reading for the ways in which he is trying to contextualize basic Christian ...more
Pathway Midland
"Awakening of Hope" explores the topic of hope from a kingdom perspective as it examines seven different common practices of the community of which the author is a part: Eating together, fasting, making promises, living together, living in a certain area, elevating the choice of our own death over our choice to kill, and sharing the gospel. Each practice is looked at in depth and examined in light of scripture and some of the historical movement/practices of the church. The author includes a lot ...more
Curtis
"Awakening of Hope" explores the topic of hope from a kingdom perspective as it examines seven different common practices of the community of which the author is a part: Eating together, fasting, making promises, living together, living in a certain area, elevating the choice of our own death over our choice to kill, and sharing the gospel. Each practice is looked at in depth and examined in light of scripture and some of the historical movement/practices of the church. The author includes a lot ...more
Michael
It was an interesting book - I’m glad I read it. He told stories in there that rang true to my ear. Some of them helped me see things a little different - or clarified things I want to struggle with in my life and ministry. I wished for a deeper book - one that reflected more than the surface level I thought he touched on. When he told stories I was moved, and could feel the emotion. When he moved to the philosophy or the scripture the book seemed to lose a little steam.
Josh
Seemed like a jumbled mess of disconnected thoughts, but I don't think the audio did it justice. Probably better in print.
Donald
This is another book from Wilson-Hartgrove that builds on the ideas of what it means to live our God's mission in the world as people rooted in faith, place and community. I have a full review at http://bubsblurbs.com/?p=1620 This is definitely a book worth reading and sharing once you have read it.
Rob Yackley
Sometimes even those of us who are embedded in the missional community movement can forget why we do what we do. Jonathan's latest book brilliantly reminds us why we live this life and why it is far more than a passing fad.
Laura
Thought this book was well-written and thoughtful and thought-provoking. Love the questions that are asked and his answers. One of the best is Why we would rather die than go to war!
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