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The Year of Small Things: Radical Faith for the Rest of Us
     

The Year of Small Things: Radical Faith for the Rest of Us

by Sarah Arthur, Erin F. Wasinger, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Foreword by)
 

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When Sarah and Tom Arthur were appointed to a suburban church after three years in an urban Christian community, they faced a unique challenge: how to translate the practices of "radical" faith into their new context. Together with their friends and fellow church members Erin and Dave Wasinger, the Arthurs embarked on a yearlong experiment to

Overview

When Sarah and Tom Arthur were appointed to a suburban church after three years in an urban Christian community, they faced a unique challenge: how to translate the practices of "radical" faith into their new context. Together with their friends and fellow church members Erin and Dave Wasinger, the Arthurs embarked on a yearlong experiment to implement twelve small practices of radical faith—not waiting until they were out of debt or the kids were out of diapers or God sent them elsewhere, but right now.

This book is Sarah and Erin's story, told with humor, theological reflection, and practical insight, exploring such practices as simplicity, hospitality, accountability, sustainability, and social justice—but, most of all, discernment. Along the way readers will consider how God might be calling them to embark on their own year of small but radical changes, right where God has planted them. Each chapter includes discussion questions and suggested readings. Foreword by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.

For more information, visit [www.YearofSmallThings.com](http://www.YearofSmallThings.com).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/09/2017
When Arthur (Walking with Frodo), a graduate of Duke Divinity School, and Wasinger connected through their church, both were searching and longing for ways to translate their reading in radical faith practices into a livable daily reality. Fueled by their church’s move from a suburban to an urban setting, their experience with new monastic ideas, and the discovery of another kindred soul, their two families began a year of weekly dinners and a covenant to encourage each other in making small changes in 12 areas over the course of the year. Drawing on the 12 marks of new monasticism, the families, each with young children, felt called to make small but radical changes under the umbrellas of covenantal friendship, hospitality, finances, spiritual habits, possessions, Sabbath, vows, the local church, “kid monasticism,” sustainable living, self-care, and social justice. The book’s power comes from witnessing a slow transformation as Arthur and Wasinger are transparent about their struggles and triumphs over the course of the year. Though the bulk of the book is driven by personal experiences, the authors provide valuable guidelines on intentionally bringing faith into daily life, making it accessible for Christian readers looking to reinvigorate their everyday spiritual practices. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587433825
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/31/2017
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
439,218
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Arthur (MTS, Duke Divinity School) is a fun-loving speaker and the award-winning author or compiler of eleven books, including the best-selling Walking with Frodo: A Devotional Journey through "The Lord of the Rings" and At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time. She has written for such publications as Christianity Today, Her.meneutics, and Image Journal online, and has served as a fiction judge for the Christianity Today Book Awards. She lives in Lansing, Michigan. Visit her website at www.saraharthur.com.

Erin F. Wasinger is a freelance writer, speaker, and journalist, having worked as a newspaper editor and columnist before moving to Lansing, Michigan. A voracious reader as well as a storyteller and lay theologian, she writes at www.erinwasinger.com.

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