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This book shares deep truths that have the authority of lives lived out in faithfulness. I have come to know several of the "new friars" personally and have had friends visit a few of their communities. They are legitimate. The last thing they would want is to be "sainted" as somehow perfect. They have their faults & openly share their failings, but that only adds to their credibility.
I highly recommend this book and the ministries/people represented within.
The New Monasticism movement is about reaching out with both the gospel and the love of Christ through physical presence and real practical help, in other words, mission. Do not misunderstand - this is not unthinking social action. The various authors in this book are clearly deep thinkers of scripture - people who have meditated on the word of God; have heard the call of God; and have acted, giving their lives completely to the service of Jesus - giving up all else to follow him. We say that we live in a Global society - this is a book about Global mission which begins right on our door steps.
These are not super-christians, or super-humans but each of the authors are on the front line and the cutting edge of mission, passionate and committed. It's not glamorous and exotic; it's serious, hard, powerful and Kingdom centered.
My hope is that you will read this book. You will probably feel uncomfortable with some of this book, but then you will also be challenged - challenged to re-think what mission is. Which is a good thing.
From successful drug rehabilitation centers for youth, to home-based care for AIDS orphans, to income-generation projects for impoverished women and those coming out of prostitution, the faithfulness of New Friars workers to a Biblical vision of justice and compassion is having tangible results around the globe. Over the past few months, I've had the chance to visit a few of these workers and see their lives firsthand. I've met people who came to know Christ through relationships with Westerners in these groups who chose to move into the slums alongside them, and I've met people who have had their lives transformed because of the projects and legal processes and even conversations that have been set in motion by workers from these organizations.
It was extremely encouraging to see that Living Mission was written with integrity and that the kinds of stories it reported are an accurate picture of what is happening on the ground. The New Friars workers that I met operate on a fraction of the budget required by traditional missionaries who continue to live at the level of an affluent foreigner once they reach the field, and many of them are highly educated, competent people who bring years of experience in business, engineering, social work, science, medicine, and other fields. They are people who could have "made it" in the worldly sense (or already have) but have chosen downward mobility rather than climbing the corporate ladder or using their abilities to accumulate wealth, security, and status. It has been beautiful in the last month to visit individuals and families from the West who have relocated to slums in Asia to serve their neighbors, and to witness the impact they have had within individual friendships and on a larger scale through small businesses, community organizing, and other initiatives which demonstrate the gospel through loving action to meet practical needs. This book is a great introduction to what the New Friars movement is all about-- taking Jesus seriously enough to live out his radical teachings.
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