Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus

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In Soul Graffiti—Mark Scandrette—writer, poet, and leader in the Emergent church movement—uses vivid stories of his own life and the lives of the many people he has encountered in his home in the Mission District of San Francisco to explore what "good news of God" might mean for our particular time and place. He seeks to answer the central question:

"How can we be about making a life in the way of Jesus?" Soul Graffiti is a simple and lyrical exploration of the essential message...

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Overview

In Soul Graffiti—Mark Scandrette—writer, poet, and leader in the Emergent church movement—uses vivid stories of his own life and the lives of the many people he has encountered in his home in the Mission District of San Francisco to explore what "good news of God" might mean for our particular time and place. He seeks to answer the central question:

"How can we be about making a life in the way of Jesus?" Soul Graffiti is a simple and lyrical exploration of the essential message of Jesus as it relates to the experiences of contemporary spiritual seekers. He integrates theological insight with awareness of human psychology, culture, and daily life. Written to appeal to the sensibilities of those who inhabit a post-Christendom milieu, Mark Scandrette's deepest hope is to give readers greater motivation for, and a fuller sense of what it means to make a life in, the way of Jesus.

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Publishers Weekly

Scandrette, a pastor who is president and co-founder of ReIMAGINE!, a Bay Area center for spiritual formation, believes that "we were made to orient our entire beings to the good dreams of our maker." We do that by imitating Jesus, the radical messenger of the good news (gospel) of God rather than the saccharine or sentimental Jesus often marketed to us. Dividing his book into four sections, Scandrette explores Jesus as companion, artist, healer and mystic, inviting readers to become apprentices of Jesus. Scandrette provides stories of ordinary people struggling to follow Jesus, and offers spiritual practices for those who want to do likewise. The book's focus on the responsibility of each Christian to be part of the "genesis-vision" of God—in other words, to be a co-creator with God—will speak to contemporary readers who find Jesus more compelling than the institutional church. They will also appreciate its eclectic mix of ecology, social justice, biblical theology and a smattering of wisdom from other faith perspectives (e.g., the "Jesus Dojo"). This practical and down-to-earth book includes questions for contemplation and spiritual practices in each chapter, making it useful for group study. (May 4)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470276624
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Series: Living Way: Emergent Visions Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,034,011
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Scandrette is the executive director and cofounder of ReIMAGINE, a center for spiritual formation in San Francisco. Mark is a founding member of SEVEN, a monastic community devoted to holistic and integrative Christian spirituality. With extensive experience leading churches and community-based organizations, Mark has been a minister, writer, and spiritual teacher for 15 years. Mark is also a senior fellow with Emergent (www.emergentvillage.com), a growing generative friendship among missional Christian leaders.

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Table of Contents

Emergent Visions Series Foreword

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Preface to the paperback edition

Introduction: Graffiti Punctuating the Silence

PART ONE: HEARING THE MESSAGE OF JESUS IN THE HERE AND NOW

1 Curiosity and the Ghosts of the Past

2 Rabbi and Revolutionary

3 Community: The Path of a Companion

4 Experiments in Truth

PART TWO: EMBRACING LIFE AS A GIFT AND SACRED TRUST

5 Darkness and Light: The Scandal of Eternity

6 Our Eyes as Windows on the World

7 Living and Telling the Story of Your Life

8 Creativity: The Path of an Artist

PART THREE: THE GREATER WHOLENESS OF GENESIS-VISION

9 The Tiny Seed and the Big Tree

10 Bread and Wine and the Deeper Magic

11 Compassion: The Path of a Healer

12 Beryl: A Semiprecious Jewel

PART FOUR: IMAGINING AND INHABITING THE WAY OF LOVE

13 Contemplation: The Path of a Mystic

14 Dancing into the Circle

15 Enter the Jesus Dojo

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