Paul writes – During 2007 God Next Door: Spirituality & Mission in the Neighbourhood by Simon Carey Holt was born. It’s an excellent book, one in which Simon explores neighbourhoods, neighbourhoods and the call of God, and neighbourhoods and mission. This last section is particularly energizing, focusing as it does on “neighbourhoods and mission: disciplines [and practicalities] of engagement”. There are some reviews of the book here.
If my sources are correct, the book is to be published in the US by Allelon.
On July 16th 2008, I left the following as a comment for Simon when his book was included in the finalists: “Congratulations Simon. Better start preparing your acceptance speech.”
Then, at the recently held Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards, God Next Door
Extract from the judges comments:
“God Next Door” brings to life Jesus’ command to “love your neighbour as yourself” and explains how living Jesus’ words will transform neighbourhoods. It is a timely and necessary challenge to all Australian Christians who are busy “doing church” and to churches where a program-focus may have inadvertently dulled ideas of mission. It shows how to understand Jesus’ call on your life regardless of your context.
Holt shares practical wisdom on the “how to” of engaging neighbours and neighbourhoods, by thinking about the distinctives of one’s own neighbourhood. He demonstrates the value of reclaiming the neighbourhood, in an era in which we retreat into homes with large TVs and small front yards. He shows a sound knowledge of typical Australian neighbourhoods and puts compellingly Jesus’ call to mission in our own local neighbourhood.
“God Next Door” is a book which will provoke action: one judge found it life-changing! It is a book which churches could explore together with a view to living like Jesus in their neighbourhood.
Readers will gain a better understanding of their surroundings, a higher degree of engagement with their neighbours and a more authentic mission, by bringing Christianity and Jesus out of the church building and into the neighbourhood."
Get yourself a copy. You’ll be energised.