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Average rating: 3.95 · 880 ratings · 183 reviews · 12 distinct worksSimilar authors
Slow Church: Cultivating Co...

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Reading for the Common Good...

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How the Body of Christ Talk...

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Growing Deeper in our Churc...

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The Virtue of Dialogue: Con...

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My Little King: George Macd...

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When Faith Becomes Sight by Beth A. Booram
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It's all too easy for us to lose track of God's presence with us in our daily lives, and especially when we are blinded by trauma, grief, or other challenges of life. Beth and David Booram are wise and hospitable guides who use stories from their man ...more
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John the Pupil by David Flusfeder
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This was a fascinating novel, a sort of medieval road story. The ending was a bit peculiar and unexpected, but the journey was delightful. Flusfeder has a keen sense of medieval European culture, and the vignettes he depicts along John’s journey imme ...more
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Excellent story on the emergence of the author’s struggles with anxiety. Will be very helpful for the many youth who struggle with anxiety today.
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The Sin of Certainty by Peter Enns
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Important book. Read it when it first came out, and re-read in 2019. I was struck by how much of the book was Enns’s personal stories, and how little in contrast was said about why certainty is so elusive. Also very little about the social dynamics o ...more
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How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul
How to Raise a Reader
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How to Raise a Reader is an important book for the vital work of cultivating literate places. It is a book that libraries should keep multiple copies of in circulation, and that should be purchased in bulk and freely given to parents by schools, chur ...more
The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane
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“Open-handed generosity and caring for the poor and marginalized as if we were caring for Jesus himself are extensions of our worship.”
C. Christopher Smith, Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
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“the fuller story of the New Testament is that God’s people have been resurrected as the body of Christ. Just as Jesus is the embodiment of the shalom that God intends for creation, the church’s role in the drama of Creation is likewise to be the embodiment of God’s shalom, albeit in a form that hasn’t yet been fully realized.”
C. Christopher Smith, Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

“In addition to the transience of their members, churches themselves face a crisis of hypermobility. Many churches have put down only shallow roots in their neighborhood, or no roots at all. We’ve all heard the question, “If our church suddenly moved to a new location fifteen miles away, would anyone in our neighborhood notice we were gone?” But what if we asked ourselves this question: “If our church was magically lifted off the ground and moved to a location fifteen miles away, would we notice the difference?” Western churches have become so disentangled from their own places that this question could be a cold, hard look in the mirror for many faith communities.”
C. Christopher Smith, Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

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“It takes more time and effort and delicacy to learn the silence of a people than to learn its sounds. Some people have a special gift for this. Perhaps this explains why some missionaries, notwithstanding their efforts, never come to speak properly, to communicate delicately through silences. Although they ''speak with the accent of natives'' they remain forever thousands of miles away. The learning of the grammar of silence is an art much more difficult to learn than the grammar of sounds.”
Ivan Illich




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