The Awakening of Hope
Why We Practice a Common Faith
by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
"This book is good news...a magnificent report on lived theology, not just theological ideas and truths, but storied theology, the kind that we find in our Scriptures."
—Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message
What does lived-out Christianity look like? Radical author and speaker Wilson-Hartgrove shares the stories and practices he's observed across the country in his new book, The Awakening of Hope.
"We make promises not because we will always be able to keep them, but because we trust a God who is faithful enough to always help us get up again."
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is an author, New Monastic, and sought-after speaker.
Jonathan talks about the great awakening that is taking place everyday in this country in this new Patheos interview.
"The Awakening of Hope gives us the most complete statement to date of what the new monasticism is." Read what Phyllis Tickle and others are saying about Wilson-Hartgrove's new book.
Visit Jonathan's blog for more stories from the revival that's happening in everyday places.
Here’s the first piece in a series of films I created with good Brother Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and friends called The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice a Common Faith.
I have a friend who almost gave up not only on Christianity, but on life. On precisely the “issue” at the heart of the Chick-fil-A Wars, my friend reached a dead end in the conventional streams of fragmented modern Christianity.
Lisa Sharon Harper
Much more than an apologetic for New Monasticism, The Awakening of Hope offers a window through which Christians can catch a glimpse of the spirit of our faith, reconnect to the deeper philosophical and theological core of our disciplines, and ultimately rediscover what it means to be a follower of Christ.
While this new book is in line with much of Jonathan’s earlier work on new monasticism, its focus on practices and its carefully nuanced language describing these practices set the book up to be widely accessible to traditional church congregations.
Hartgrove doesn’t get bogged down in culture warring conversations or statements about what Christians should avoid. In fact, he does just the opposite. Jonathan outlines a beautiful manifesto of what Christians are for...
If there is going to be a future of our faith, I really believe that it’s in the small, committed, practice-oriented communities like the one that Jonathan describes in The Awakening of Hope.
One of the many things that struck me about the book was the particularity of its stories of hope. This is not a top-down guide to how to start a new monastic community, or how to live a better Christian life, though you’ll learn a little about both of those things.
Jonathan reminds us of the holy habits that have marked Christians for centuries. He dusts off these classic spiritual disciplines and polishes them up for a new generation.
If Christendom as we've known it is dead, then followers of Jesus can dance because a new way of being Christian has been getting born for quite some time.