The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor  -     By: Scott Bessenecker
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The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor

Inter-Varsity Press / 2006 / Paperback

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Vows---exclusive promises or commitments---are almost unheard of these days. They're considered a quaint relic of times past when open options were not such highly regarded virtues. But many people in our commitment-averse culture are begging for someone to set the bar higher, to call them to higher levels of devotion.

Across the ages, God has consistently attracted a few in every crowd who would make and keep vows, and called them to stick out, act out and speak out. In The New Friars, Scott Bessenecker profiles young Christians who have voluntarily removed themselves from the status quo in order to seek justice and mercy with the poorest of the world's poor. These new friars are carrying on the work of the monastic tradition, the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi, St. Patrick and St. Brigid, the Jesuits and Nestorians and Moravians.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 180
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830836012
ISBN-13: 9780830836017
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Finalist, Fourth Annual Outreach Resource of the Year (2006) Vows—exclusive promises or commitments—are almost unheard of these days. They're considered a quaint relic of times past when open options were not such highly regarded virtues. But many people in this commitment-averse culture are begging for someone to set the bar higher, to call them to higher levels of devotion. Across the ages God has consistently attracted a few in every crowd who would make and keep vows, and called them to stick out, act out and speak out. In The New Friars Scott Bessenecker profiles young Christians who have voluntarily removed themselves from the status quo in order to seek justice and mercy with the poorest of the world's poor. These new friars are carrying on the work of the monastic tradition, the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi, St. Patrick and St. Brigid, the Jesuits and Nestorians and Moravians. The New Friars will show you that with God all things—even uncommon acts of courageous faith—are possible.

Author Bio

Scott Bessenecker is associate director for missions for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and author of several books, including He sends more than two thousand students each year on short-term mission experiences in a number of urban poor locations around the world. Scott's blog, , is at urbana.org/blogs/least-these.

Editorial Reviews

"This book needs a warning label: Beware, dangerous to your health, your service, your life. No one who reads this book is left unscathed, untouched or unanswerable. Nothing is spared--the limit of one's perspective on poverty, the reality and pain of sin, and the wrestling with one's own lifestyle from a multicultural, historical and biblical framework. This book is an important read for all persons serious about mission and requires prayer, reflection and discussion."
"Scott Bessenecker captures the joyful energy of all these young adults who are setting aside comfort and privilege in favor of meaning and impact, and places their radical commitment to loving the poor in the context of the church's historic commitment to positively transforming the world. If you haven't yet encountered the new friars, don't miss this chance to visit the cutting edge of the kingdom of God."
"Scott Bessenecker has taken the risk (or fallen to the temptation!) of putting words to a stirring of the Spirit that is both fresh and ancient. His brilliant work is a celebration of the new things God is doing, while locating these movements humbly throughout church history, as the simple renewals that the Spirit seems to bring over and over on the margins of empires and markets that threaten to infect and colonize the Christian identity. But be careful neither to hail these ragamuffin disciples as celebrities or to dismiss them as saints. Rather, allow their lives to challenge us to rethink what it means to be Christian. After all, the very fact that they seem radical or odd may only be an indictment on the sort of Christianity we have become accustomed to."

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 25, 2008
    Greg Willis
    This is a really good book. The only problem for me was that I had just finished reading The Irresistible Revolution before I started reading this one. Friars is worth the money, but it is not as challenging as The IRev, which is off the charts. The book brings up some excellent issues and wonderful examples. I just found the the other book to be superior.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Scott Bessencker
Located in: Madison, WI
Submitted: November 05, 2006

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am the Director of Global Projects for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, am married and have three children.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  There is something significant afoot. When hundreds of university students from the affluent West are following God's call to plant themselves in slum communities of the developing world, we ought to take notice. The monks were always used as an inspirational corrective for a church gone astray. My hope is that the lives of these men and women, held in historical context with the "old friars" will inspire us to live out our faith more radically.

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