Wisdom of Stability
"In whatever place you live, do not easily leave it." -Abba Anthony In an age where we might email a friend in Africa, skype a co-worker in Brazil, and teleconference with people in different time zones-all...
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"In whatever place you live, do not easily leave it." -Abba Anthony
In an age where we might email a friend in Africa, skype a co-worker in Brazil, and
teleconference with people in different time zones-all in one day-the sheer speed of life can be dizzying. Like children stumbling off a merry-go-round, says Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, we are grasping for something to anchor our lives in a sea of constant change.
InThe Wisdom of Stability, Wilson-Hartgrove illuminates the biblical and monastic understanding of why staying in one place is both a virtue, and good for you. "For the Christian tradition," he writes, "the heart's true home is a life rooted in the love of God." When we cultivate an inner stability of heart - by rooting ourselves in the places where we live, engaging the people we are with, and by the simple rhythms of tending to body and soul - true growth can happen.The Wisdom of Stabilityis a must-read for pastors, leaders, and anyone seeking an authentic path of Christian transformation.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (M.Div., Duke Divinity School) is director of the School for Conversion in Durham, North Carolina, where he is a member of the Rutba House new monastic community. He is the author of To Baghdad and Beyond, Free to be Bound, New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today's Church, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, and most recently God's Economy:Redefining the Health and Wealth Gospel, and the co-author of Inhabiting the Church: Biblical Wisdom for a New Monasticism. He is also the coeditor of School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism. Catch up with him at newmonasticism.org.
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