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The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture (edição 2010)

por Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Autor), Kathleen Norris (Prefácio)

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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… (mais)
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Título:The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture
Autores:Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Autor)
Outros autores:Kathleen Norris (Prefácio)
Informação:Paraclete Press (2010), Edition: Original, 164 pages
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> 5 stars. This is Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's best book yet.

JWH writes reflecting on the Benedictine understanding of stability as a spiritual growth practice. The book is beautiful, simple, homespun and wise.

My doctoral dissertation is about learning from monastic wisdom for socially networked and mobile culture. I appreciate JWH's take on this topic, and even though I've submitted my 2nd draft already, I'm going to be using a lot of his work in the dissertation and in courses I'll teach on spirituality in the future. ( )
  patl | Feb 18, 2019 |
I've been meaning to read this book since it came out and just finally got around to it. With a nod toward the desert fathers and St. Benedict, Wilson-Hartgrove makes his case for stability in a mobile culture. If monasticism (old or new) seems too daunting of a commitment, you will still find plenty to consider in these pages. This is an accessible introduction to the idea, not a sustained theological reflection on it.

But that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to think about. Wilson-Hartgrove commends a spiritual stability resting in God, an active stability embodied in a commitment to a particular place by entering into it, routines of stability and warnings about the temptations and pitfalls to avoid. While I was reading, I was reminded by advice a campus minister and mentor once told me about growing deep, versus growing wide. If you want to grow deep, that means committing to something, and not everything. If you want to grow in love, you need to commit for the long haul. While this book is called the "Wisdom of Stability" Wilson-Hartgrove could have also called it growing in fidelity.

I don't think this book is the be all and end all, but Wilson-Hartgrove is trying to get you to commit to a place. I think he's right, though I haven't found the place to commit to yet. Still the fruit I want to see in my life and in ministry do not come instantly. It takes time and years of commitment to a people, a relationships, to a place. It takes choosing to enter into a real-time encounter with the world I find myself in and trust that God has something for me there. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
Our culture encourages us to ask ourselves, “Where would you rather be?” Although we in Australia are not as mobile as the US, the home of this book’s author, the pressure is on us to move on: to upsize or downsize our house, or to change our jobs, to get another qualification, to improve our situation somehow. Even clergy are subject to this pressure, rarely staying eight or nine years in one ministry position, and often much less.

Wilson-Hartgrove, a Baptist pastor, aims to persuade us of the ancient wisdom of stability. The Wisdom of Stability leads the reader through the development of this quaint idea of putting our roots down like the well-watered tree of Psalm 1. Moving on from Scripture, he introduces us to the desert fathers and mothers, to Benedict of Nursia, who invented the promise of stability, and to more recent spiritual writers. Each promotes stability as a better way to live.

Living in stability is more than theory. Wilson-Hartgrove is part of the “new monastic” movement which re-interprets the virtues of monasticism for contemporary living. He has himself taken the decision to stay long-term in Walltown, a depressed and dangerous suburb of Durham, North Carolina, and to raise his family there. In little “Front Porch” vignettes he describes the fruits he has already experienced as a result of committing to that place: friends and their support, and above all, the willingness to see conflict through to reconciliation instead of running away from it.

The book abounds with examples of others who are trying to live in stability. Wilson-Hartgrove is not advocating that we practise stability by following him to a needy area. He is insisting on the depths we will know if we stay where we are, knowing that God has placed us here.

The light touch that characterises this book may have endeared it particularly to this reviewer whose tradition is Franciscan. In any case, I was persuaded that promising stability, even if only to oneself, leads to a more authentic way of Christian living. ( )
  TedWitham | Jul 23, 2010 |
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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

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