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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.
Number of Pages: 180
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2006
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Bessenecker offers his readers a clear call to action and describes the kind of commitment it requires. And he even tells the rest of us what small steps we might take to move a little way toward simpler, more responsible living.
"Warning, The New Friars will be hazardous to your suburbanite soup kitchen mentality! . . . This book gives a convincing call to become a part of this movement."
"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."
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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