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The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice a Common Faith

The Awakening of Hope re-presents Christian faith by beginning with stories of faithful witness and asking, Why? Why do Christians eat together? Why do we fast? Why would we rather die than kill? These are the questions that help us see why creation and the fall, covenant and community, ethics and evangelism matter. This book and its accompanying DVD project is a contemporary catechism, celebrating lives and stories that wouldn’t make sense if the gospel were not true. And then going one step further, this project shares the good news of Jesus and the way of life that he makes possible.

Check out the Patheos Book Club for online resources about the book and DVD.

“This book is good news…a magnificent report on lived theology, not just theological ideas and truths, but storied theology, the kind that we find in our Scriptures.”
– Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message


 

Rule of St. Benedict: A Contemporary Paraphrase

Listen, my child. I want you to put the ear of your heart to the solid ground of the master’s wisdom… Listening is hard work, but it’s the essential work. It opens us up to the God we’ve rejected by only listening to ourselves. If you’re ready to give up your addiction to yourself, this message is for you: to listen is to equip yourself with the best resources available to serve the real Master, Christ the Lord.

So begins the famous opening paragraph of Benedict’s Rule in Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s vital, new, contemporary paraphrase. The entire text of the Rule is here plus a lengthy introduction from Jonathan, and detailed explanatory notes throughout that explain difficult passages.

 

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

Common Prayer is a tapestry of daily prayers inviting faith communities from around the world to pray, sing, and act together. Jonathan says it’s the most important book project he has worked on. Here you’ll find prayers for every evening, morning, and midday that celebrate the best of the Christian tradition and engage with the most pressing issues of our world today. There are also songs from various traditions, including African-American spirituals, traditional hymns, Mennonite gathering songs, and Taize chants—a ‘greatest hits’ from the church’s first 2000 years. There’s a calendar to help us remember our saints and landmark dates in the struggle for peace and justice. And there’s a collection of prayers for special occasions.

To listen to a sample from the audio book, click here.

Read Jonathan blogging on Common Prayer at Huffington Post and CNN.com, and check out reviews from The Christian Century, Sojourners Magazine, Englewood Review of Books, and the United Church of Christ.

Learn more about Common Prayer at www.commonprayer.net.

 

The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture (Paraclete, 2010)

“Stability may be the virtue that 21st-century Christians most ignore–and the virtue we are most called to embrace. This fine book will inspire you to look at your own life, asking ‘Where am I restless? Where might God be calling me to be rooted, to stay put?'”
—Lauren Winner, author of Mudhouse Sabbath and Girl Meets God

A work of startling authenticity, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s new book speaks to each of us who seek an authentic path of Christian transformation.

“Jonathan speaks out like the prophets of old, and calls us into an alternative lifestyle.”
—Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus, Eastern University

Click here to watch a short trailer on The Wisdom of Stability. (If you’re reading the book with a group, here’s a special video for your group).

Jonathan talks with Jana Reiss at Beliefnet.com about Wisdom of Stability.

Click here to read Jonathan’s column at Newsweek’s “On Faith.”

Read reviews of the book in News & Observer, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Herald Sun, and Englewood Review of Books.

 

God's Economy: Redefining the Health and Wealth Gospel (Zondervan, 2009)

God’s Economy is a timely expose of Money’s conspiracy to blind us. It does more: it is an articulate witness that the light of Christ reveals life abundant all around…. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is bearing witness; he has been living for years now what he writes. Trust him. I trust him.”
— from the foreword by Eugene Peterson, author of The Message

  • Read an excerpt published in The Christian Century (Sept 8, 2009)
God’s Economy

 

Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: Prayer for Ordinary Radicals with Shane Claiborne (IVP, 2008)

“Activists Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove show how prayer and action must go together. Their exposition of key Bible passages provides concrete examples of how a life of prayer fuels social engagement and the work of justice. Phrases like ‘give us this day our daily bread” and “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors’ take on new meaning when applied to feeding the hungry or advocating for international debt relief. “This book is a small invocation which, once prayed, calls for those who thought they knew the far country to see it for the first time. The far country is not so far as we supposed: it lies vivid and visible betwen our ‘our Fathers’ and our ‘thy will be dones.'”
—Calvin Miller, Beeson Divinity School, author of The Singer and The Path of Celtic Prayer

“This book compels us passionately to ask, in the power of the Holy Spirit, ‘How am I “putting legs on my prayers”?’ This is a tested book and a necessary one!”
—Marva J. Dawn, teaching fellow in Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, and author of Unfettered Hope, Joy in Divine Wisdom and My Soul Waits

 

New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today's Church (Brazos Press, 2008)

“This is the most informative work to date on its subject. Written in fluid, accessible prose and without pretense, it is also rich in personal and historical insights. The result is a book that is both beguiling and highly credible.”
—Phyllis Tickle, author of The Divine Hours

“This book demonstrates how embracing the lifestyle prescribed by Jesus is a realistic possibility in our present age.”
—Tony Campolo, Eastern University

“Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is things both old and new out of the great Christian storehouse! New monasticism is discovering what is always rediscovered and always bears great life for the gospel.”
—Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, Center for Action and Contemplation

 

Free to Be Bound: Church Beyond the Color Line (NavPress, 2008)

Free to Be Bound marks Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove as one of the freshest and most important new voices in an American church still deeply divided and confused by the color line.”
—Chris Rice, Center for Reconciliation

“Here is an offering of hope. This is a book that sings truth like old spirituals and lets you sip justice like sweet tea.”
—Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution

“Here’s one of our bright young scholar activists who happens to be a great writer: Free to be Bound is a must read for anyone who has an interest in reconciliation and becoming the church God wants us to be.”
—John Perkins, co-founder of CCDA

 

Inhabiting the Church: Biblical Wisdom for a New Monasticism with Jon Stock and Tim Otto (Cascade, 2007)

“Protestants looking for a richer, thicker, more robust and enchanted way of living into the Christian story should not ignore this invitation into the rhythms and cadences of Benedictine spirituality. Indeed, only one kind of person should avoid this book: the reader who does not wish to be changed.”
—Lauren Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Real Sex

 

To Baghdad and Beyond: How I Got Born Again in Babylon (Cascade, 2005)

“Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove takes us with him on a journey, a trip toward the biblical ‘Babylon,’ helping us to see the truth about ourselves and our culture. Here is a retrieval of truly evangelical Christianity: truthful, prophetic, vibrant, apocalyptic, and by God’s grace, hopeful. What a great trip!”
—Will Willimon, Bishop, the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church