Reading Project: Intentional Community, New Monasticism, Spiritual Friendship and Rhythms and Rules of Life

One of the practices I keep is to always have a long term reading project on the go, that is less directly related to my active research. I find this keeps me reading broadly and more agile in the way that I process and link concepts together. Over the winter break (in Australia) I completed my last reading project of N.T. Wright’s Christian Origins series, and have been debating what to start next. Some discussions in the last week have pushed me towards revisiting some thinking I have been doing for several years now on intentional community, the Benedict option, and various rules of life. Plus it seems that from the responses on Facebook others are interested in this as well, so this is where I will be doing my extra-curricular reading for the next few months.

In discussions with people on Facebook and in the communities I’m a part of, I thought it may be useful to start compiling a list of resources and reviewing them, along with attempting to foster discussion on them. Some of these discussions will happen in person, as I am investigating setting up a reading group or two to discuss ideas. But I also want these to be more broadly reaching.

This then is the start of the online side of the discussion, a reading list. Here is a bibliography of suggested works from a plethora of different sources, that I am hoping to read. Im also hoping to review, or have someone else review, most of the works too and make those reviews available publicly. If you have more suggested works, then please contribute them in the comments or send them to me via another method.

Do let me know if you want to be part of this reading project, either online or in person. Reading is always more fun in community… and reading on community should be even more so again!

For now though here is the bibliography:


Arpin-Ricci, Jamie, and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis and Life in the Kingdom. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Books, 2011.
Barker, Ashley. Surrender All: A Call to Sub-Merge with Christ. Melbourne: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2005.
Barton, Ruth Haley. Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community. Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2014.
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Discipleship. Unknown edition. Minneapolis: FORTRESS PRESS, 2003.
———. Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community. 1St Edition edition edition. New York: HarperOne, 2009.
Chester, Tim, and Steve Timmis. Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission. 1 edition. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2012.
———. Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2008.
Claiborne, Shane, and Jim Wallis. The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical. 1st edition. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2006.
Claiborne, Shane, and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Common Prayer Pocket Edition: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. Poc Rep edition. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2012.
Duckworth, Jenny, and Justin Duckworth. Against the Tide, Towards the Kingdom: Eugene, Or: Wipf & Stock Pub, 2011.
Edgar, Brian. God Is Friendship: A Theology of Spirituality, Community, and Society. Seedbed Publishing, 2013.
Ford, Leighton. The Attentive Life: Discerning God’s Presence in All Things. Place of publication not identified: IVP Books, 2014.
Hauerwas, Stanley, and William H. Willimon. Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony. Anniversary ed. edition. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2014.

Heath, Elaine A. Missional. Monastic. Mainline.: A Guide to Starting Missional Micro-Communities in Historically Mainline Traditions. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2014.

———. The Mystic Way of Evangelism: A Contemplative Vision for Christian Outreach. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008.
Heath, Elaine A., and Scott T. Kisker. Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community. Eugene, Or: Wipf & Stock Pub, 2010.
Hill, Wesley. Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Brazos Press, 2015.
Holmes, Jonathan, and Ed Welch. The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship. Place of publication not identified: Cruciform Press, 2014.
Janzen, David, Shane Claiborne, and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. The Intentional Christian Community Handbook: For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus. Brewster, Mass: Paraclete Press, 2012.
Macchia, Stephen A., and Mark Buchanan. Crafting a Rule of Life: An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Books, 2012.
McKnight, Scot. A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God’s Design for Life Together. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2015.
Nouwen, Henri J. M. Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life. Reissue edition. Garden City, N.Y: Image, 1986.
Palmer, Parker J. To Know as We Are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey. Reprint edition. San Francisco: HarperOne, 1993.
Smith, William P. Loving Well. Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2012.
Sparks, Paul, Tim Soerens, and Dwight J. Friesen. The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Books, 2014.
Vanderstelt, Jeff. Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life. Wheaton: Crossway, 2015.
Vanier, Jean. Community and Growth. 2nd Revised edition. New York: Paulist Press, 1989.

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