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Discerning Our Way Toward Neighborliness
 
A Review of 

An Other Kingdom:
Departing the Consumer Culture

Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann and John McKnight.

Paperback: Wiley, 2016
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
 

This is an abridged version of a review
that appeared in our Advent 2015 print issue.
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Several years ago, I took note for the first time of the collaborations of Walter Brueggemann, Peter Block and John McKnight. I suspect that Brueggemann’s name may be familiar to many of our readers for his work in theology and Old Testament scholarship. Block and McKnight, however, might not be as familiar. Block is renowned for his work in the world of business consulting, in which he has written a number of bestselling books. John McKnight is co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University, and his work over the years has focused on community-building. In many ways, it comes as a surprise that these three thinkers who have distinguished themselves in vastly different arenas should come together and collaborate on a book project.

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neighborhood-economics

Really enjoyed the Neighborhood Economics conference in Cincinnati this week, and left with much to think about!

What is Neighborhood Economics?  Peter Block has described it this way:

“Neighborhood Economics is an idea committed to accelerating the flow of capital into resident driven entrepreneurial enterprise. It calls us to shift how we think about ending poverty. It brings the world of social investors, community builders, community philanthropists, residents and local neighborhood leaders into the same conversations. This is what a systems approach to economic and racial justice is going to require.”

I came away from the conference with a hefty list of books that I hope to read (or re-read). 

Here are some highlights from that list:

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One of the best books out there on neighborhoods and caring for our neighbors…

The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and NeighborhoodsJohn McKnight and Peter Block

Paperback: B-K Books, 2009.
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SUPER DEAL: The Kindle ebook is only $2.99 through May 27!!!!

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