Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus
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Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus

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In "Soul Graffiti" ? Mark Scandrette--writer, poet, and leader in the Emergent church movement--uses vivid stories of his own life and the lives of the many people he has encountered in his home in the Mission District of San Francisco to explore what "good news of God" might mean for our particular time and place. He seeks to answer the central question: "How can we be ab...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published April 20th 2007 by Jossey-Bass
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KiwiBug
Mar 25, 2008 KiwiBug rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I haven't read this entire book yet mainly because I lived it. . . Well most of it.
I wasn't alive for some parts of it, but for the greater part of it I was there.
I am sure it is absolutely wonderful, because my Papa wrote it, it must be!
The only part I didn't like was the part where Papa wrote, it took a lot of energy and he often stayed up past midnight writing, then slept for 4 or five hours and woke again and kept writing.
I am so proud of him! I hope and expect that his book will change man...more
Josh
May 16, 2013 Josh added it
Recommended to Josh by: Small group
This book is meant to expand your understanding of what it means to live a life in Christ, and to challenge you to find ways to put that understanding in action.

The first task is attempted in the actual text of the chapters, which comprises 90% of the book. The task might be accomplished if you are a brand-new Xtian or legalist (and legalists would not read this book). For the rest of us, we end up reading some anecdotes that highlight how cool and accepting the author is (despite being a Christ...more
Brandon
I don't know if you would call Scandrette a "theological artist" or an "artistic theologian," but the merging of the two disciplines (art and theology) makes for an incredibly refreshing perspective in this book. And given his competence in both areas, he achieves a winsome tone while addressing issues of serious profundity, resulting in some very compelling reading. Scandrette has a way with words that makes the book read like poetry at times (sometimes actually using poetry) and like an engagi...more
Ginger
The starting point for the book is this...if Jesus were alive today, where would he live and who would he serve? This author does what for many of us would be the unthinkable...he moves his family from the comforts of suburban Bay Area living to a neighborhood in San Francisco where most of us would not dare to step out of the car. More than being a memoir, this book is really sort of an "ignitor" into digging deeper into issues of social injustice in our own place and in our own season. At the...more
Milan Homola
This will seem completely unfair... But I stopped reading out of boredom. I don't think it has much to do with the book but rather where I'm at. I'm tired of reading more and more stories about how extreme Jesus was and therefore how extreme we should be as we are told stories of these missional people. It's all true but I'm tired of reading about them and the assumed attack on the pre-existing local church. I want to see that missional culture within the cranky old crotchety local churches on a...more
Adam Walker Cleaveland
Aug 24, 2010 Adam Walker Cleaveland rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: College students, People looking for new ways to think about spirituality
Shelves: theology, ministry
We read this book with our College Book Club this summer and they were all a huge fan of it. I thought it was a really great and totally accessible for the students.

One thing I particularly enjoy about the book, was that it had discussion questions and "spiritual experiments" at the end of each chapter. So it worked perfectly for our use.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone - especially to be used with college students, young adults, or even as a church-wide book study.
Noemi Vega
Meaningful application, artful expressions, and moving stories make this non-fiction book a must-read for those seeking to follow the way of Jesus.
Erin
Great concepts and perspectives. The writing felt a little disjointed, but it was so refreshingly open-minded!
Leah
Nov 15, 2009 Leah is currently reading it
I love the experiments and thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter.
Kara Harrison
LOVE LOVE LOVE. Fresh ideas on how you do faith.
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