Every church, every organization, has experienced them: betrayal, deception, grumbling, envy, exclusion. They make life together difficult and prevent congregations from developing the skills, virtues, and practices they need to nurture sturdy, life-giving communities.
In Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us Christine Pohl explores four specific Christian practices--gratitude, promise-keeping, truth-telling, and hospitality--that can counteract those destructive forces and help churches and individuals build and sustain vibrant communities. Drawing on a wealth of personal and professional experience and interacting with the biblical, historical, and moral traditions, Pohl thoughtfully discusses each practice, including its possible complications and deformations, and points to how these essential practices can be better cultivated within communities and families.
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Date:July 23, 2013
This principles in this book are easily applicable to any relationship, not just church as a whole. Pohl explains in loving, painstaking detail the nature of conflict and the actual human responses and the ideal to which we as Christians should aspire. Lots of "a-ha" moments to be had. The font that the book is printed in could be bolder if not a little larger. This is the only thing I would change.