Reading Guides, VOLUME 11

Christian Intentional Community – A Reading List

Last weekend, we hosted the annual retreat of the Nurturing Communities Network (NCN) here at Englewood Christian Church.


NCN is

“an informal and growing network of Christ-centered intentional communities. Older established communities connect with novice communities for the purpose of learning from each other, encouragement and growing.  This happens through visits, regional and local gatherings, meals together, and many conversations.  The hope is mutual encouragement in Jesus’ way of simplicity, justice and peace.”


I was inspired by this retreat to compile the following list of books that offer diverse perspectives on life in Christian intentional community. (Some of these titles are recommended on the NCN Resource list.)
If you are curious about Christian intentional community, I encourage you to take a look at some of these books, and the NCN website.


By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith


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[easyazon_link identifier=”B00BEFNXBS” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Wisdom Distilled from the Daily:
Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today[/easyazon_link] 

Sr. Joan Chittister


A poignant meditation on The Rule of St. Benedict, which has guided the life of Benedictine communities for a millenium and a half, and especially how that wisdom translates to other forms of community that are not necessarily monastic.


READ an excerpt of this book… 


*** Our video intro to the life
and work of Sr. Joan Chittister


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