Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers
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Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers

Prayer for Ordinary Radicals

by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers
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  • Published: November 2009
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-7820-8
  • Item Code: 7820

"Prayer is not so much about convincing God to do what we want God to do as it is about convincing ourselves to do what God wants us to do." —from the Introduction

Activists Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove show how prayer and action must go together. Their exposition of key Bible passages provides concrete examples of how a life of prayer fuels social engagement and the work of justice. Phrases like "give us this day our daily bread" and "forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors" take on new meaning when applied to feeding the hungry or advocating for international debt relief.

If you hope to see God change society, you must be an ordinary radical who prays—and then is ready to become the answer to your own prayers.

CONTENTS

Introduction

Part I--The Lord's Prayer
Ch. 1 An Invitation to Beloved Community
Ch. 2 Begging for God?s Economy
Ch. 3 Temptations Along the Way

Part II--John 17
Ch. 4 Love and Unity for the Sake of the World
Ch. 5 Praying as a Peculiar People

Part III--Ephesians 1:15-23
Ch. 6 Growing Deeper in Spiritual Wisdom
Ch. 7 Receiving Our Inheritance

Epilogue
Notes
About the Authors (and their Communities)

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Shane Claiborne is a preacher, writer, and lover of Jesus. He attended Eastern University, where he studied sociology and youth ministry. Claiborne is cofounder of The Simple Way and is currently a part of The Alternative Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He serves on the board of the Christian Community Development Association. He is the author of The Irresistible Revolution and coauthor of Jesus for President. Catch up with him at thesimpleway.org.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (MDiv, Duke Divinity School) is a celebrated spiritual writer and sought-after speaker. He lives with his family at the Rutba House in Durham, North Carolina, where he directs School for Conversion. His books include Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, Strangers at My Door, The Awakening of Hope, The Wisdom of Stability, and The New Monasticism, and he is coauthor with Reverend Dr. William Barber II of The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement.

In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless are welcomed into a community that eats, prays, and shares life together. He directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit that has grown out of the life of Rutba House to pursue beloved community with kids in their neighborhood, through classes in North Carolina prisons, and in community-based education around the country. Jonathan is also an associate minister at the historically black St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church.

Jonathan is a leader in the New Monasticism movement. He speaks often about emerging Christianity to churches and conferences across the denominational spectrum and has given lectures at dozens of universities, including Calvin College, Bethel University, Duke University, Swarthmore College, St. John’s University, DePaul University, and Baylor University.

BY Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

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