Mark Scandrette’s new book, Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love, is an invitation into a life of discipleship—responding to Jesus’s call to come and follow Him. Scandrette contends that we have made Christianity too much like a college lecture hall—a place of passive reception. He argues that Jesus calls us to a life of active following and doing.
In part one of the book, Scandrette talks about the value of practice. In the second half, he gives guidelines for creating experiments for your community. This guidance stems from working with the ReImagine community—a Center for Life Integration—in San Francisco. The stories and guidelines are readable, humble examples of how the process is open to both success and failure; both outcomes open doors to a better understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.
Scandrette claims that ideas are part of the catalyst for the disciple’s participation in community, and part of the hope with which we pray: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth.”
This book is about participating in God’s work on earth. It is perfect for anyone ready to be drawn out of his or her everyday life, and into the world of caring for others.1