My review of Jonathan Wison-Hartgrove's The Wisdom of Stability, (Paraclete, 2010) is now up at the Christian Century's Theolog blog:
Our is a mobile culture. We Americans have a nomadic spirit that pushes us to seek our fortunes on the other side of the next hill. The downside is that when we’re always on the move—never able to put down roots—community, neighborhoods and families all suffer.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is an evangelical who has imbibed the teachings of St. Benedict of Nursia and the desert mothers and fathers. He’s a leader in the new monastic movement and an associate pastor of a Baptist church in Durham, NC. He and his family have put down roots in the Walltown section of Durham. Wilson offers wisdom about the value of stability in a culture that embraces mobility. The book's six chapters are separated by brief interludes, observations made from the front porch of his fixer-upper old house. (to continue reading click here.)