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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