Item description for The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor by Scott A. Bessenecker...
Overview Bessenecker profiles young Christians who have voluntarily removed themselves from the status quo in order to seek justice and mercy with the poorest of the world's poor.
Publishers Description Finalist, Fourth Annual Outreach Resource of the Year (2006) Vows--exclusive promises or commitments--are almost unheard of these days. They're considered a quaint relic of times past when open options were not such highly regarded virtues. But many people in this commitment-averse culture are begging for someone to set the bar higher, to call them to higher levels of devotion. Across the ages God has consistently attracted a few in every crowd who would make and keep vows, and called them to stick out, act out and speak out. In The New Friars Scott Bessenecker profiles young Christians who have voluntarily removed themselves from the status quo in order to seek justice and mercy with the poorest of the world's poor. These new friars are carrying on the work of the monastic tradition, the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi, St. Patrick and St. Brigid, the Jesuits and Nestorians and Moravians. The New Friars will show you that with God all things--even uncommon acts of courageous faith--are possible.
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.14" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2012
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830836012 ISBN13 9780830836017
Reviews - What do customers think about The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor?
Inspiring and Challenging Mar 21, 2007
The author does a great job of simply pulling back the curtain and exposing us to worlds that we never new existed.
It is a story of hope amidst hopeless situations. It shows that in our limited lifetime, we can make a difference. It is proof that while we may consider some people and places "god forsaken", God does not. God cares very deeply and His care is reflected in the "New Friars" who have chosen to give up the world's pleasures and wealth to share God's love with these people.
This is a challenge to consider how we live. The author does a fantastic job of presenting the message without trying to make the reader feel guilty. The truth of these situations is sufficient enough to challenge the reader, but in a positive way.
This book also challenges some of our assumptions about the poor and the dispossessed, and that too is healthy.
Few books have the potential to impact your life and challenge your spirit like this book. I will be thinking about this book for a long time.
Compelling, Informative and Challenging... Oct 30, 2006
Scott Bessenecker shines a light on a movement of Christian young people who are sacrificing the "American Dream" and giving up their rights to not only serve the world's poorest in the name of Christ but to live as they live, in poverty, in the name of Christ. The New Friars begins to chronicle this movement with compelling stories of young people who choose to join in the suffering of people in the world's largest urban slum communities. These stories were both shocking and refreshing. Bessenecker does a great job informing the reader of the links between this current movement and that of the past. God has always called people to the "margins" for His sake. And no doubt our greatest model of this will always be Christ as the author so states. As someone who likes to think of himself as a "serious Christian" I was deeply challenged by this book and it led me into thoughtful and prayerful dialogue with God about His heart for those on the fringe and, more importantly, what God might be saying to me about my current life-style and vocation. I whole-heartedly recommend this book and really appreciate the fact it was written.
I was amazed and encouraged by this book Oct 30, 2006
This was one of the most encouraging books I have read in years. Bessenecker establishes a connection between young leaders that emerged in the history of the church at strategic, divine moments -- whose ministries had a profound influence among the world's poor -- and contemporary movements of young leaders who are having a transformational effect among squatter setlements in today's world. I was transfixed by the very real, unsanitized examples of young people following Christ in ways that go beyond talk, and finding joy as a result.
boring and works based Oct 29, 2006
It does not take two hundred pages to make it clear that poverty is a problem in the world. That has been a fact for millienia, and one Jesus Himself stated would not be cured in this age. Moreover, the bleak pictures presented here are depressing, not inspiring. The slant to this author's theology is works based, implying that only by becoming poor can people do good to help others. In short, it's dismally boring.