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Called to Community

The Life Jesus Wants for His People

Edited by Charles E. Moore

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Fifty-two readings on living in intentional Christian community to spark group discussion.

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About The Book

• Gold Medal Winner, 2017 Illumination Book Awards, Christian Living

Why, in an age of connectivity, are our lives more isolated and fragmented than ever? And what can be done about it? The answer lies in the hands of God’s people. Increasingly, today’s Christians want to be the church, to follow Christ together in daily life. From every corner of society, they are daring to step away from the status quo and respond to Christ’s call to share their lives more fully with one another and with others. As they take the plunge, they are discovering the rich, meaningful life that Jesus has in mind for all people, and pointing the church back to its original calling: to be a gathered, united community that demonstrates the transforming love of God.

Of course, such a life together with others isn’t easy. The selections in this volume are, by and large, written by practitioners – people who have pioneered life in intentional community and have discovered in the nitty-gritty of daily life what it takes to establish, nurture, and sustain a Christian community over the long haul.

Whether you have just begun thinking about communal living, are already embarking on a shared life with others, or have been part of a community for many years, the pieces in this collection will encourage, challenge, and strengthen you. The book’s fifty-two chapters can be read one a week to ignite meaningful group discussion.

About the editor: Charles E. Moore is a member of the Bruderhof community and teaches at the Mount Academy in New York. He writes for Plough Quarterly and has compiled and edited several acclaimed books, including Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard, Everyone Belongs to God: Discovering the Hidden Christ, and Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship.

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Table of Contents

Part I  A Call to Community

  1. The Great Idea
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  2. Blessed Community
    Rufus Jones
  3. Style of Life
    Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
  4. Embodiment
    Gerhard Lohfink
  5. Brothers, Sisters
    Hal Miller
    Joseph H. Hellerman
  6. Pentecost
    C. Norman Kraus
  7. Christian Communism
    José P. Miranda
    Helmut Gollwitzer
  8. A Visible Reality
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  9. Counterculture
    Howard A. Snyder
  10. The Way
    Alden Bass

Part II Forming Community

  1. A Vision
    George MacDonald
  2. Life’s Task
    Eberhard Arnold
  3. It Takes Work
    Charles E. Moore
  4. Communion
    Jean Vanier
  5. Idealism
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  6. Illusions
    Arthur Katz
    Elizabeth O’Connor
    Jean Vanier
  7. Obstacles
    Eberhard Arnold
  8. Poisons
    C.S. Lewis
    Basilea Schlink
  9. Beyond Self
    Jean Vanier
  10. Surrender
    Arthur G. Gish
  11. The Center
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Friedrich Foerster
  12. God’s Call
    Henri J. M. Nouwen
    Jean Vanier
  13. Promises
    Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Part III Life in Community

  1. Love
    Thomas Merton
    Søren Kierkegaard
  2. Deeds
    Mother Teresa
    Jean Vanier
    John F. Alexander
  3. Vocation
    John F. Alexander
  4. Acceptance
    Jürgen Moltmann
    Adele J. Gonzalez
  1. Irritations
    Anthony de Mello
    Roy Hession
    Thomas à Kempis
    Eberhard Arnold
  2. Differences
    Joan Chittister
    Henri J. M. Nouwen
  3. Conflict
    David Janzen
    Jean Vanier
  4. Unity
    Chiara Lubich
    Stephen B. Clark
  5. Dialogue
    Elizabeth O’Connor
    Jean Vanier
  6. Leadership
    Jean Vanier
  7. Submission
    Richard J. Foster
    John F. Alexander
  8. Money
    Jodi Garbison
    Jenny Duckworth
  9. Children
    Charles E. Moore
  10. Family Values
    Andy Crouch
  11. Solitude
    Henri J. M. Nouwen
    Eberhard Arnold
  12. Transparency
    Roy Hession
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  13. Repentance
    Benedict of Nursia
    Johann Christoph Arnold
    J. Heinrich Arnold
  14. Forgiveness
    Johann Christoph Arnold
  15. At Table
    Leonardo Boff
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  16. Celebration
    Jean Vanier
    Richard J. Foster

Part IV Beyond the Community

  1. Revolution
    John M. Perkins
  2. Comfort Zones
    Eugene H. Peterson
    Elton Trueblood
  3. Good Fences
    Elizabeth Dede
    Jean Vanier
  4. Next Door
    Charles E. Moore
  5. Interruptions
    Emmanuel Katongole
    and Chris Rice
  6. Hospitality
    Christine D. Pohl
  7. Welcome
    Jean Vanier
  8. Wounds
    Catherine de Hueck Doherty
    Ed Loring
  9. Mercy
    Dorothy Day

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