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    Called to Community

    The Life Jesus Wants for His People

    Saint Benedict, Joan Chittister, David Janzen, John M. Perkins, Mother Teresa, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and others.
    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

    • Silver Medal Winner, 2017 Benjamin Franklin Award in Religion from Independent Book Publishers Association

    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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    About The Authors

    Eberhard Arnold

    Eberhard Arnold was a theologian, educator, publisher, and community leader. Read More

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Unwilling to allow the church to compromise its most fundamental beliefs in the face of Nazism, Dietrich Bonhoeffer worked tirelessly to keep the true spirit of the church alive in Germany. His resistance cost him his life. Read More

    Dorothy Day

    Dorothy Day was an American journalist and founder of the Catholic Worker movement. Day devoted her life to defending the downtrodden and serving Christ by serving the poor. Read More

    C. S. Lewis

    C. S. Lewis, a British novelist, poet, and Christian apologist, has been called one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Read More

    J. Heinrich Arnold

    Johann Heinrich Arnold is best known for his books which have helped thousands to follow Christ in their daily lives. Those who knew him best remember Arnold as a down-to-earth man who would warmly welcome any troubled person in for a cup of coffee and a chat. Read More

    Johann Christoph Arnold

    A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, education, and end-of-life issues, Arnold was a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. Read More

    Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

    A German pastor and religious socialist, Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt influenced theologians such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eberhard Arnold, Emil Brunner, Oscar Cullman, and Karl Barth. Read More

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    One of the greatest writers of Western literature, Fyodor Dostoyevsky continues to receive undiminished popularity and acclaim. He is best known for his novels The Idiot, The Brothers Karamazov, and Crime and Punishment. Read More

    Richard J. Foster

    Richard J. Foster is the founder of Renovaré, an ecumical Christian community, and the author of several books including A Celebration of Discipline (Harper San Francisco, 1988). Read More

    Søren Kierkegaard

    Søren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and spiritual writer. Read More

    Gerhard Lohfink

    Gerhard Lohfink, a Catholic priest, was professor of New Testament studies at the University of Tübingen. Read More

    Charles E. Moore

    Charles E. Moore is a writer and contributing editor to Plough. He is a member of the Bruderhof, an intentional community movement based on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Read More

    George MacDonald

    George MacDonald wrote over fifty books that are still cherished for their literary quality and spiritual insight. C. S. Lewis has said that MacDonald’s influence can be found in every book he wrote. Read More

    Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, pacifist, poet, and bestselling author, was a leading spiritual voice of his generation. Read More

    Henri J. M. Nouwen

    Henri J. M. Nouwen was an internationally loved and renowned priest, professor, and author. He wrote more than forty books offering spiritual guidance and direction. Read More

    Chiara Lubich

    Chiara Lubich, the founder and spiritual leader of the Focolare movement, was born Silvia Lubich in Italy. Read More


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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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