Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus

Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus

by Mark Scandrette, Shane Claiborne
     
 

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Praise for Soul Graffiti

"Encouraging 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

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Praise for Soul Graffiti

"Encouraging 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..."
—Publishers Weekly

"Through Mark's rich insights and reflections, and especially through his stories... about Jack, Richard, Gary, Caroline, Emperor Arcadia (you'll never forget him!), Michelle, Beryl, and many others, you'll get an honest and inspiring view of what 'the emergent conversation' is really about, and what it's for."
—Brian McLaren, author/activist (brianmclaren.net)

"Soul Graffiti is not so much a book as it is an encounter—a deadly serious encounter—with a Christianity that is urban, American, un-institutionalized, and now. If you truly like your own Christian walk just the way it is, you definitely should not read this book."
—Phyllis Tickle, religion analyst and compiler, The Divine Hours

"Mark Scandrette guides us in this beautifully written and brilliantly illustrated book along a path towards actualized spirituality in a postmodern world. The book provides new avenues to ancient truths."
—Tony Campolo, professor of sociology, Eastern University

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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
Publication date:
05/27/2008
Series:
Living Way: Emergent Visions Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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“Through Mark’s rich insights and reflections, and especially through his stories … about Jack, Richard, Gary, Caroline, Emperor Arcadia (you’ll never forget him!), Michelle, Beryl, and many others, you’ll get an honest and inspiring view of what ‘the emergent conversation’ is really about, and what it’s for.”—Brian McLaren, author/activist (brianmclaren.net)

 

Soul Graffiti is not so much a book as it is an encounter—a deadly serious encounter—with a Christianity that is urban, American, un-institutionalized, and now. If you truly like your own Christian walk just the way it is, you definitely should not read this book.”—Phyllis Tickle, religion analyst and compiler, The Divine Hours

 

“Mark Scandrette guides us in this beautifully written and brilliantly illustrated book along a path towards actualized spirituality in a postmodern world. The book provides new avenues to ancient truths.”—Tony Campolo, professor of sociology, Eastern University

 

“Scandrette guides us down a winding, beautiful path through an urban park of whole-life Jesus-y spirituality. It’s a story-weaver's bountiful spread—filled with chocolate and wine and artisan bread—of the present Kingdom of God.  See that the Lord is good, indeed.”—Mark Oestreicher, president, Youth Specialties

 

Soul Graffiti chronicles Mark Scandrette's brave exploration into an intentional, lived Christianity. In a world numb to religion, inhabiting the way of love may be the only apologetic left.”—Sally Morgenthaler, www.trueconversations.com

 

“In Soul Graffiti, Mark Scandrette strips away the religious traditions that cloud our view of Jesus and gives us the courage to investigate the transformational message.  If the challenge for churches and for individual followers of Christ is to live out the gospel, this is the help we need.”—Nancy Ortberg, founding partner, Teamworx2

 

Meet the Author

Mark Scandrette (www.markscandrette.com) is the executive director and cofounder of ReIMAGINE (www.reimagine.org), a center for spiritual formation in San Francisco that sponsors city-based learning initiatives, peer learning groups, and The Jesus Dojo, a year-long intensive formation process inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus. Mark is a founding member of SEVEN, a monastic community working as advocates for holistic and integrative Christian spirituality. With extensive experience providing leadership in 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. He is married to Lisa Scandrette, an educator and textile artist. They have three children and live in an old Victorian in San Francisco's Mission District.

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