New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today's Church

New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today's Church

by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
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New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today's Church by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

New Monasticism is a growing movement of committed Christians who are recovering the radical discipleship of monasticism and unearthing a fresh expression of Christianity in America. It's not centered in a traditional monastery--many New Monastics are married with children--but instead its members live radically, settling in abandoned sections of society, committing to community, sharing incomes, serving the poor, and practicing spiritual disciplines.

New Monasticism by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove offers an insider's perspective into the life of the New Monastics and shows how this movement is dependent on the church for stability, diversity, and structure. A must-read for New Monastics or those considering joining the movement, it will also appeal to pastors, leaders, those interested in the emerging church, and 20- and 30-somethings searching for new ways to be Christian.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441201362
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 730 KB

About the Author

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (MDiv, Duke University Divinity School) is a leader of the new monastic movement and cofounded the Rutba House community in Durham, North Carolina. An associate minister at St. John's Baptist Church in Durham, he is also the coordinator of the School for Conversion, a partnership among new monastic communities for alternative theological education. He is the author of To Baghdad and Beyond and Inhabiting the Church. Visit his website at

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Dakynos More than 1 year ago
When I first opened this book and started reading, it sounded promising. However, the further I read the less impressed I was. As you continue through the book, you read many examples and stories. They are interesting and sometimes informative, but the author does not bring the stories together very well into a single point for the chapter. Several chapters seem to be just a collection of stories with a salting of additional words. The section on the history was very disappointing with stories relating to monasticism, but not woven together in the chapter, so at the end you get a jumble of stories and admission of the author that he's no historian and wishes he had time to mention even more people. The only portion that I found interesting were the last two chapters, but they don't make up for slogging through the rest of the book. I hate to say it, but I would avoid this book, or if you really wanted, check it out from the library and read the last two chapters.