The Art of Neighboring (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2012)

Remember when people knew their neighbors? That’s what I thought. There was a time when neighbors knew each other. They ate together. Kids played together. They helped each other and shared life with each other.

Our modern day mobility and increasing isolationism has created a world where we drive home, hop out of the car and disappear into the house. Our friends are online. Our connection is electronic.

But what if that changed? The authors of The Art of Neighboring have taken the Great Commandment seriously: “love your neighbor as yourself.” In a meeting of pastors in the Denver area, their local mayor was asked to attend.  They invited his input on how to serve their community better.  He said,

The majority of the issues that our community is facing would be eliminated or drastically reduced if we could just figure out a way to become a community of great neighbors.

They pursued fulfilling the second part of the Great Commandment and their discoveries are found in this book and on their website. Some of the advice:

  • Give what you have
  • Just do something
  • Don’t give up.

Love your neighbor as yourself. It isn’t a suggestion. 

This book will help you live it out.

 

 

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