:To be human is to long for home. Home is our most fundamental human longing. And for many of us homesickness is a nagging place of grief. This book connects that desire and disappointment with the story of the...
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:To be human is to long for home.Home is our most fundamental human longing. And for many of us homesickness is a nagging place of grief. This book connects that desire and disappointment with the story of the Bible, helping us to see that there is a homemaking God with wide arms of welcome-and a church commissioned with this same work. "Many of us seem to be recovering the sacred, if ordinary, beauty of place," writes author Jen Pollock Michel. "Perhaps we're reading along with Wendell Berry, falling in love with Berry's small-town barber and Jayber Crow's small-town life... . Or maybe we're simply reading our Bibles better, discovering that while we might wish to flatten Scripture to serve our didactic purposes, it rises up in flesh and sinew, muscle and bone: God's holy story is written in the lives of people and their places." Including a five-session discussion guide and paired with a companion DVD, Keeping Place offers hope to the wanderer, help to the stranded, and a new vision of what it means to live today with our longings for eternal home.
Scott Sauls is senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee and author of Jesus Outside the Lines, Befriend, and From Weakness to Strength . Prior to Nashville, Scott served at New York City's Redeemer Presbyterian Church as a lead and preaching pastor and planted two churches. Scott's work has been featured in publications including Christianity Today, Relevant, Qideas, Catalyst, Leadership Magazine, aholyexperience, Table Talk, The Gospel Coalition, Key Life, as well as other publications. Scott can be found on Facebook and Twitter/Instagram at @scottsauls, and he blogs weekly at scottsauls.com.
Jen Pollock Michel is a regular contributor for Christianity Today?s Her.meneutics and writes for Today in the Word, published by The Moody Bible Institute. Jen earned her BA in French from Wheaton College and her MA in literature from Northwestern University. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and five children. You can follow Jen on Twitter @jenpmichel or you can find her at jenpollockmichel.com.
- :foreword By Scott Saulspreface
- <strong>part I: The Welcome Of Home</strong>
- 1. Nostalgia: The Longing For Home2. Angel In The House: A Brief History3. Taken In: The First Maker Of Home4. Border Crossings: On (not) Staying Put5. Perished Things: And Imperishable Home
- <strong>part Ii: The Work Of Home</strong>
- 6. A Suffering Servant: The Labor Of Love7. House Of God: The Church As Home8. Love And Marriage: The Routine Work Of I Do9. Saying Grace: Feasting Together10. Cathedral In Time: A Place Called Rest11. City Of God: Finally Home
- Acknowledgmentsstudy Guidenotes