Called to Community

The Life Jesus Wants for His People (Second Edition)

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Pub Date 2 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 2 Jan 2024
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Fifty-two readings on living in intentional Christian community to spark group discussion.

Gold Medal Winner, 2017 Illumination Book Awards, Christian Living
Silver Medal Winner, 2017 Benjamin Franklin Award in Religion, Independent Book Publishers Association

Why, in an age of connectivity, are our lives more isolated and fragmented than ever? And what can be done about it? The answer lies in the hands of God’s people. Increasingly, today’s Christians want to be the church, to follow Christ together in daily life. From every corner of society, they are daring to step away from the status quo and respond to Christ’s call to share their lives more fully with one another and with others. As they take the plunge, they are discovering the rich, meaningful life that Jesus has in mind for all people, and pointing the church back to its original calling: to be a gathered, united community that demonstrates the transforming love of God.

Of course, such a life together with others isn’t easy. The selections in this volume are, by and large, written by practitioners—people who have pioneered life in intentional community and have discovered in the nitty-gritty of daily life what it takes to establish, nurture, and sustain a Christian community over the long haul.

Whether you have just begun thinking about communal living, are already embarking on sharing life with others, or have been part of a community for many years, the pieces in this collection will encourage, challenge, and strengthen you. The book’s fifty-two chapters can be read one a week to ignite meaningful group discussion.

Contributors include: John F. Alexander, Eberhard Arnold, J. Heinrich Arnold, Johann Christoph Arnold, Alden Bass, Benedict of Nursia, Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Leonardo Boff, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Joan Chittister, Stephen B. Clark, Andy Crouch, Dorothy Day, Anthony de Mello, Elizabeth Dede, Catherine de Hueck Doherty, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jenny Duckworth, Friedrich Foerster, Richard J. Foster, Jodi Garbison, Arthur G. Gish, Helmut Gollwitzer, Adele J Gonzalez, Stanley Hauerwas, Joseph H. Hellerman, Roy Hession, David Janzen, Rufus Jones, Emmanuel Katongole, Arthur Katz, Søren Kierkegaard, C. Norman Kraus, C.S. Lewis, Gerhard Lohfink, Ed Loring, Chiara Lubich, George MacDonald, Thomas Merton, Hal Miller, José P. Miranda, Jürgen Moltmann, Charles E. Moore, Henri J. M. Nouwen, Elizabeth O’Connor, John M. Perkins, Eugene H.Peterson, Christine D. Pohl, Chris Rice, Basilea Schlink, Howard A. Snyder, Mother Teresa, Thomas à Kempis, Elton Trueblood, and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.

Fifty-two readings on living in intentional Christian community to spark group discussion.

Gold Medal Winner, 2017 Illumination Book Awards, Christian Living
Silver Medal Winner, 2017 Benjamin Franklin...


A Note From the Publisher

New edition of a popular Plough backlist title, with previous sales of 12,000+ unitsFeatures well-loved authors like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, and more
Includes 30 new selections from 13 new contributors to provide additional material for previous readers

New contributors: Jeremiah Barker, Amy Carmichael, Hans Denck, Andreas Ehrenpreis, Thomas R. Kelly, Penelope Lawson, Juan Mateos, Kathleen Norris, Thomas E. Powers, Christopher C. Smith, Ulrich Stadler, Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf

New edition of a popular Plough backlist title, with previous sales of 12,000+ unitsFeatures well-loved authors like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, and more
Includes 30...


Advance Praise

"This volume, organized into 52 chapters that may be used by groups over a year, . . . seems the perfect resource for a group who wants to go deeper in community, whether they have formed a more intentional community or not. One of the things that commends this collection is its catholicity, and the stature of those whose writings are included. To listen to those who have lived community across the centuries is to drink at a deep well of wisdom. This is not just the latest “new monastics” thinking or the latest offerings from the Emergent Church. The call to community is challenging, and yet the recognition of the real challenges of community both tempers naive enthusiasm and offers wise counsel to those who pursue intentional communities out of faithfulness to Christ." —InterVarsity Emerging Scholars Network

"A 2016 Englewood Honor Book – one of the thirty best books of the year for the life and flourishing of the church." —Englewood Review of Books

"This is one meaty, yet very accessible, book for those who love the Church enough to give it some serious thought, knowing that serious thought can lead to serious action. Whether in small groups or individually, as we read Called to Community, we will be hearing voices from the road, people with trail dust on their faith. They know what they’re talking about. And this invitation to come alongside them is a great place to start finding some new roads in an old faith of our own." —David Swartz, Patheos

"This is a stellar contribution to our understanding of the whys and wherefores of Christian community. The 52 selections seem perfect for a year of weekly group study and the detailed discussion guide in the appendix is particularly useful for this purpose. Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People is a thoughtfully compiled and well edited guide to the subject." —Nancy Roberts, Catholic Sentinel

"This book is both informative and practical—written with a short chapter for each week of the year. Designed to spark conversation within a group devotion setting, readers can dive deep into community together. … This book delves into the nitty-gritty details of Christian community living and encourages readers to confront the dissatisfaction stirred up by its challenging pages. Though not a light text by any means, this book is ideal for those seeking to approach Christian community more intentionally and comprehensively." —Evangelical Church Library Association

"This volume, organized into 52 chapters that may be used by groups over a year, . . . seems the perfect resource for a group who wants to go deeper in community, whether they have formed a more...


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"Called to Community" is a great text for groups who want to learn more about forming intentional communities. It includes essays from authors such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Richard J. Foster, and C.S. Lewis whose faithful writings have influenced seekers of all ages. I will use this as a resource for both my church and classroom. Highly recommended. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

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Called to Community
Pub Date: Jan. 2024
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The selections in this volume are, by and large, written by practitioners—people who have pioneered life in intentional community and have discovered in the nitty-gritty of daily life what it takes to establish, nurture, and sustain a Christian community over the long haul. Whether you have just begun thinking about communal living, are already embarking on sharing life with others, or have been part of a community for many years, the pieces in this collection will encourage, challenge, and strengthen you. The book’s fifty-two chapters can be read one a week to ignite meaningful group discussion.
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A very solid, diverse, and at times challenging collection of voices on what it means to be the church, the family of God, the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. I would enjoy the experience of reading this with a group of people over the course of a year and discussing all of the sections in greater detail.

It would be impossible to read this book without it stretching your understanding of Christian community in some significant ways.

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This was a very timely read for me, as I have been thinking a lot lately about how the nature of the community of the church has changed just in the past twenty years or so. We are living in a "church hopping/church shopping" culture that has almost made us numb to folks coming and going in our congregations, but there's something inside of us that can't help but feel the ache when that happens - and this book helps us to understand why. We were created for community, and more than that, we were called to it. Jesus says very plainly that the world will know we are Christians by how we love one another. Period. And somewhere, I think we've forgotten that.

I appreciate the diversity of voices in this book because it helps to illustrate exactly what it's talking about - how different voices and perspectives come together to shape one big picture. It also helps to see what community looks like with skin on it in a diversity of places, in a number of ways. That kind of diversity limits our excuses - for everyone who reads this book and says, "Sure, but that could never happen HERE," there is a voice in this book that declares, oh, yes, it could. You just have to choose it. And far too many are not choosing it.

At the same time as this book comforts and encourages me, it also makes my heart hurt because I know how far we have fallen from God's design for us...together. He said so much about "one another," and I ache because I recognize how often most of us stop after "one" and forget the "other."

My hope is that many will read this book and be not inspired, but convicted. That's really what we need here.

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One of God’s greatest commandments to his people is “Love one another.” In this book from Plough Publishing, contains 52 essays on creating communities based on the concept of living this ideal. One of the things I like most about this book is that there are so many different authors, ranging from Mother Teresa to C.S. Lewis to Fyodor Dostoevsky. They each offer their own interpretation and advice for living a life that creates Heaven on Earth. It’s an excellent book that makes you think, not only about the people around you and how to reach out to them, but also about yourself and your relationship with God and your fellow human beings. I cannot recommend it enough.
I received an advance review copy of this book for free and am leaving this review voluntarily.

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This topic has been on my heart, and this book brings it all to the table. Community is so important. Whether you have one person or a group, we are meant to do life-- in particular religious life in community. This book is a compilation of amazing wisdom that will benefit readers of all levels. I would love to share this with my small group at church.

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This is a book that will contribute to understand the whys of Christian community. The 52 selections included in this book will be useful for a year of weekly group study. There is a detailed discussion guide in the appendix is useful. This book is well written and an edited guide for living a life in a Christian community.

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"Called to Community" is a collection of essays that explore the concept of intentional Christian community. It is edited by Charles E. Moore, and contributors include theologians, writers, and practitioners who share their experiences and insights on living in community.

The book delves into various aspects of intentional community, such as the biblical foundation for community, the challenges and joys of communal living, and practical guidance for seeking and cultivating community in one's own life. It offers a rich tapestry of perspectives and experiences, allowing readers to gain a deeper understanding of the communal way of life.

Overall, "Called to Community" has received positive feedback from readers who appreciate the diverse range of voices and the thoughtful exploration of community living. It offers inspiration, encouragement, and practical advice for those interested in exploring intentional community or deepening their understanding of this way of life.

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"Called To Community : The Life Jesus Wants For His People" is the perfect answer to all the loneliness in the world, in an age of hi-tech internet connectivity, when individual lives are sadly even more isolated and fragmented than ever before. The answer lies in the hearts of God’s people who respond wholeheartedly to Christ’s call to share their lives more fully with others, discovering the rich, meaningful life that Jesus gives everyone, restoring the Church to its original calling: to be a united Christian community. The selections in this book are by pioneers in community life, who have nurtured a Christian community through a sustained period of time. I highly recommend this deeply inspiring book to all people who aspire to live meaningful lives, reaching out to others with the life-transforming love of Christ.

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I was drawn to this title because our church is studying the topic of communion of the saints. This book is a collection of short essays by a variety of Christian thinkers on the topic of Christian community. There are 52 essays which lend themselves to being read one a week, pondered, and possibly discussed with others in the community of faith. Whether or not you agree with every concept presented, this book is valuable in encouraging Christians to consider the biblical mandate for believers to be closely connected to other members of the body of Christ on this earth. This is particularly challenging for we Americans who pride ourselves on our independence, self-sufficiency, and individualism. But scripture states that the world will know we are Christians by our love for one another—and we need to know one another more than superficially in order to love well. Lots of food for thought (and action) here. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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