Written by Chris Heuertz, director of Word Made Flesh, an organization which serves among the poorest of the poor, Simple Spirituality stays true to its title by exploring five simple yet profound commitments: He examines what the wealthy western church misses from its lack of connection to the poor. Too often, however, the church has isolated itself and failed to listen, and thus contributed to the suffering. God is calling us to establish communities that offer the prophetic presence of Christ in today's world.
His conclusion that "those who go without the basic necessities of life, regardless of their geographical location or proximity, are nevertheless counted as our family: With deep gentleness, Heuertz uses the brokenness of the world as a springboard for spiritual vitality. Using what he calls the "Five Stones of Brokenness" - humility, community, simplicity, submission, and brokenness - he challenges those of us who live in plenty to seek a fuller faith by reconsidering how we might "live more simply so others may simply live" Mother Theresa.
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Simple Spirituality is Chris Heuertz's attempt to do just that: Chris just believes that it's not complicated. He breaks following Christ into 4 areas and go into depth in each one with stories and truth that inspire and inform. He starts with humility and then moves through community, simplicity, submission and ends with brokenness.
Reading it on the heals of Becoming the Answer to our Prayers was probably a God-thing as they dovetailed nicely. I can't recommend this book enough. Only a pages, it's short, sweet and delightful to eat plenty of salt in this one. I love this book for it's honesty and clear, simple message. Heuertz candidly shares heartbreaking stories of how his experience with the poor and broken have propelled him to contemplate spirituality in a new way. By doing so, he poetically gives a voice to those who are seemingly powerless in this world.
Clearly, Heuertz doesn't share these stories to focus on himself. There's no loud, boisterous qualities to this book. Simple Spiritually doesn't pontificate and Heuertz never mentions the words "relevant" or "emergent. I am currently part of a program called Mission Year where we were required to read Chris's Simple Spirituality. I can honestly say this book superseded all my expectations and even changed me. I have read books on the topic before and often times walked away feeling overloaded on complex definitions and jargons.
Simple spiritually is simple yet profound. This book lifted my spirit and convicted me to do something more with my faith. There is a huge need in our time for people to speak out for those who can't speak for themselves. If we, the carriers of Christ's spirit aren't willing to step up to the call then who will?
This book was a perfect combination of Chris's personal stories which were very powerful scripture, and quotes by great spirituals such as mother Teresa, jean Vanier, Henry knownen and so on. More than ever, I am not content with living a comfortable life in my privilegedness while the majority of our world is suffering in poverty. Chris's words only reaffirmed my call to live a lifestyle of simplicity.
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Chris is a good who is obviously seeking God kingdom of God with all of his heart. Hopefully one day I'll get a chance to meet him but for now 5 big ones man, beautiful work and look forward to friendship on the margins. Probably my favorite book I have read all year! As the International Director of Word Made Flesh, an organization that serves Jesus among the poorest of the poor, in slums, sewers, refugee camps, and red light districts, Christopher Heuertz sees the logical application of holiness and the redemptive work of sanctification as compassion.
Part memoir, part theological reflection, Simple Spirituality is a call to imitate the ministry of Christ through humility, community, simplicity, submission, and brokenness. Recalling great men of the faith such as John Wesley and Saint Francis of Assisi, this is a much needed book to help break North American believers out of the complacency we've been for quite some time.
The forward by Shane Claiborne is in itself nearly worth the price of the book.
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Feedback If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us. Would you like to report poor quality or formatting in this book? He serves on the board of the Christian Community Development Association. Catch up with him at thesimpleway. While he's not a contemplative and hardly a mystic, Chris has found, in the Bible and in his work with impoverished people, evidence of a simple spirituality.
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Chris Heuertz believes that any true path to spiritual sight ought to be simple. This way of humility, community, simplicity, submission and brokenness will help you see--no matter how dark things get.