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Every Christian should read this provocative book! Christine thoroughly delineates the interlocking relationships and dangerous deformities of practices that could deepen our communities but often destroy them. This volume is pertinent to our families, churches, even places of work.
-- Marva J. Dawn
author of "Truly the Community"

Marva J. Dawn
-- author of "Truly the Community"
"Every Christian should read this provocative book! Christine thoroughly delineates the interlocking relationships and dangerous deformities of practices that could deepen our communities but often destroy them. This volume is pertinent to our families, churches, even places of work."
"Spirit & Life"
Pohl draws together the experiences, study, and reflection of twenty pastors, leaders, and professors on building community. . . . This is a book to be read slowly and pondered.
"Mennonite Brethren Herald"
I recommend this book. . . . Pohl s principles make sense, and are a worthwhile challenge to anyone who desires to create, live in, and maintain better community. This book would be a valuable resource for church leaders, pastors, and church planters.
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About the Author

Christine D. Pohl is associate provost and professor of Christian social ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and the author of Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition.


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a738078) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a873e88) out of 5 stars Wonderful Treatment of Christian Practices 20 Aug. 2012
By Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Christine Pohl has written another winning book on practices that nourish Christian (and human) communities and make them healthy and life-giving. She describes four such practices in particular, namely, gratitude (opposite=grumbling), promise-keeping (opposite=betrayal), truth-telling (opposite=deception), and hospitality--one of Pohl's specialties (opposite=exclusion). Everything she writes is alive, thoughtful, rich with implications for Christian life. And everything says, one way or another, that the way Christians live in community is "the most persuasive gospel [they] will ever preach." Bravo.
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HASH(0x9b2b3750) out of 5 stars Not always a comfortable read, but very worthwhile 23 Dec. 2012
By Lorilie Roundtree - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard this author interviewed on Mars HIll Audio Journal and was intrigued by her thoughts about the problems that plague churches and other communities from not paying sufficient attention to such important practices as gratitude, truth-telling, fidelity and hospitality. As I read, I found myself alternatively nodding in agreement with the author and wincing when she touched on areas of my own life where I have failed in an aspect of one of these practices. This would make a great book for a small-group study or book-group discussion.
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HASH(0x9b2b3654) out of 5 stars Good Guide 4 Aug. 2013
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this book is an excellent summary of a recent study of how to make communities healthy and nurturing. it app;lies to Church communities, religious communities and even families. i believe some of it would apply to non profit groups like neighborhood associations... since it describes such "practices" as truth telling, promise keeping, gratitude and hospitality.
it's worth the read.
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HASH(0x9ab97c3c) out of 5 stars Insightful 23 Aug. 2013
By Paul M. Kinney - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been part of different congregations and have worked in a para-church organization and wondered at times how things can go so wrong. This book helped me to better understand behaviors that deconstruct community. I now understand community to be a great gift. One worth working hard to guard and maintain. I think this book would be helpful to anyone in a leadership role.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab97c78) out of 5 stars Challenging exploration of the community life of faith 23 Dec. 2012
By Sharon Fitzsimmons - Published on Amazon.com
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Christine Pohl has written a book that gets to the heart of what it means to live in community. Her descriptions and warnings concerning truth-telling, gratitude, promise-keeping and hospitality are sharp and direct. My only complaint is that I wish Pohl had included more scripture in her text; instead, she relies on interviews and anecdotes to make her points. No matter your situation, this book will certainly challenge you to think of your faith community differently.
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