When Sarah and Tom Arthur were appointed to a suburban church after three years in an urban Christian community, they faced a unique challenge: how to translate the practices of "radical" faith into their new context. Together with their friends and fellow church members Erin and Dave Wasinger, the Arthurs embarked on a yearlong experiment to implement twelve small practices of radical faith--not waiting until they were out of debt or the kids were out of diapers or God sent them elsewhere, but right now. This book is Sarah and Erin's story, told with humor, theological reflection, and practical insight, exploring such practices as simplicity, hospitality, accountability, sustainability, and social justice--but, most of all, discernment. Along the way readers will consider how God might be calling them to embark on their own year of small but radical changes, right where God has planted them. Each chapter includes discussion questions and suggested readings. Foreword by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.
Foreword by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Introduction: The Street View 1. Covenantal Friendship 2. Hospitality beyond Martha Stewart 3. Radical Finances 4. Reclaiming Spiritual Habits 5. Stuff 6. Holy Time 7. Vows 8. Planted in the Church 9. Kid Monasticism 10. Sustaining Creation 11. Unselfish Self-Care 12. Just Living Closing Thoughts Appendix A: Engaging Three Strands of Radical Christianity Appendix B: Hospitality Covenant Appendix C: The Arthurs' Christmas Letter