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Posted July 20, 2010
The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith In A Mobile Culture by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
In the midst of our dizziness in a hustle and bustle hypermobile culture and the inevitable emptiness, loneliness, and self-soothing destructive addictions that ensue, Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove's The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith In A Mobile Culture offers a countercultural, wisdom laden, honest, thought-and-heart provoking book that offers the timely remedy of, "The Wisdom of Stability."
Jonathan, a leader of the new monastic movement: Captivated me by his stories and metaphors; Convicted me of my tendencies to hide from life changing/enhancing community; Challenged my Type-A driven individualistic and narcissistic mindset and; Catapulted me to take root where I am and embrace the wisdom of stability, rest and a Christ Loving and World Changing community.
Jonathan doesn't candy coat stability and writes about the tensions that can exist between the "midday demons" of "ambition" and "boredom" as well as the pride of "vainglory" that tries to sneak in; to live in stability solely for the recognition and the gaze of the other. But ultimately the long hard work/play of true authentic community and a rhythm of prayer and vocation will foster a liberative practice of stability that can change the world.
I felt like I was reading from a young Henri Nouwen. His ability to weave sacred stories, metaphors, and his own life stories as well as the stories of the wise monks and saints of old was refreshing and enlightening. I will end with a quote from Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, "Over and again for those who have practiced it, stability is a tree rooted in the earth, a monk seated in his cell with feet planted on the ground, a house built on a firm foundation, a ship anchored in the storm tossed sea."
The Wisdom of Stability is a must read!!!
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Posted October 26, 2012
Wilson-Hartgrove Hits Another Home Run
I have never been disappointed with Wilson-Hartgrove and this book, Stability, is another excellent call to investing in community to bless all who live near you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.