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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. 163 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 164
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1557256233
ISBN-13: 9781557256232

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Discussion around the bestseller The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher has led many people to want to know more about Benedictine principles.

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.

??"In whatever place you live, do not easily leave it." –Abba Anthony

Author Bio

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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"Stability may be the virtue that 21st-century Christians most ignore---and the virtue we are most called to embrace. This fine book will inspire you to look at your own life, asking, 'Where am I restless? Where might God be calling me to be rooted, to stay put?" --Lauren Winner, author of Mudhouse Sabbath and Girl Meets God


"Jonathan speaks out like the prophets of old, and calls us into an alternative lifestyle." --Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus, Eastern University

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    This is an excellent reflection on the role of "stability" in Christian growth. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove lives in an intentional community called Rutba House in Walltown, North Carolina. In this book, he shares the learning about what happens when a group takes seriously Benedict's Rule requiring "stability" or staying where you are planted.

    He develops the idea that staying put and staying engaged is a discipline that requires attention and effort. "The stability God invites us into is a practice that entails a way of life." It may be easy to exist in a place, but requires attention to root oneself into a community in a way that means you are both drawing nutrients from its depth and providing fruit and influence within the "drip line" -- he uses this tree metaphor throughout. The drip line is the edge of the tree's canopy, and indicates (approximately) how broad its roots spread. For the person whose roots have been established, it is useful to understand the sphere of influence within your drip line and work within that, however humble that achievement.

    At the same time, he is presents the significance of God's engagement in making stability: "The ground of stability is always God's gift." For W-H, the beauty of the gift is that it places us into authentic community, it enables us to engage productively and fully with our neighbours without asking the trivial question, "Who is my neighbour?" Aside: I am reminded of Bonhoeffer's brilliant observation that "I am the neighbour" -- that is I have the opportunity/responsibility to behave in a neighbourly way to every person, thereby determining who my neighbour is. W-H offers some tangible experience and grounding wisdom for how to do that. Moreover, his approach allows us to limit our responsibility of "neighbourliness" by providing the useful idea of working within one's sphere of influence. Of course, this isn't to abdicate global or national concerns (W-H did, after all, go to Iraq during the Gulf War to stop bombs from being dropped on innocent Iraqis), but to make an honest space for our significant interactions to become deeper, more rooted, and consistent over time scales of years and decades rather than moments or nanoseconds.
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