The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture

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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...

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Overview

“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.

 

In The 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 Stability is a must-read for pastors, leaders, and anyone seeking an authentic path of Christian transformation.

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Although commitment to the traditional Christian virtue of stability isn't easy, it is the best way to encounter both the God who invites humans into community -- and, for the faithful, to do battle with the personal and societal demons that keep them from deeper faith. Cofounder of the "new monastic" community Rutba House in Durham, N.C., and author of God's Economy, Wilson-Hartgrove argues candidly that his aim is to persuade readers to "reprogram your default settings" from mobility to stability. Drawing deeply upon the work and witness of Benedictines both ancient and modern, the writer also roots his argument in Scripture and snapshots taken from the economically poor community where he and his family have chosen to live. In a fortunate coincidence, this slim volume advocating the virtue of "growing where you are planted" appears at a time when more are inclined to challenge the necessity and advantage of multitasking. Wilson-Hartgrove tends to repeat his main point, but he does it in such an engaging and passionate way that readers will go away well-informed, if not converted.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557256232
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 657,885
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a leader of the new monastic movement and co-founded the Rutba House community in Durham, North Carolina. An associate minister at St. John’s Baptist Church in Durham, he also directs the School for Conversion, a partnership among new monastic communities for alternative theological education. His other books include Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, New Monasticism, and God’s Economy. www.jonathanwilsonhartgrove.com

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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

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    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.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    The Wisom of Stability

    I enjoyed this book and it was a quick read. He discusses the need for investing in community, emphasizing that relationships take time.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Rooting Faith

    A book about the spiritual practice of stability, blending insights from the New Monastic movement with the ancient wisdom of Christianity's 1700 years of monastic tradition. A calm and beautiful book, it feels like it could have been written by Annie Dillard or Barbara Brown Taylor. Highly recommended for those of us trying to live out God's calling on our lives in the midst of a mobile and unstable world.

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