When Jesus was asked to sum up everything into one command, he said to love God with everything we have and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Most of us have turned this simple idea of loving our neighbors into a nice saying, putting it on bumper stickers and refrigerator magnets and then going on with our lives without actually putting it into practice. What would happen if every follower of Jesus took the Great Commandment literally? Is it possible that the solution to our society’s biggest issues has been right under our noses for the past two thousand years?
“Building relationships with our neighbors leads to better communities, better cities, and ultimately . . . a better world. I encourage you to read this book and to step outside your front door and start making a difference.” — Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Lead Like Jesus
“The Art of Neighboring is a tool that is helping government and faith-based leaders work together to serve their communities.” — Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist for Leadership Network
“The Art of Neighboring is a unique and necessary addition to any serious Christian’s missional library.” — Ed Stetzer, author of Subversive Kingdom
“Thought-provoking yet practical. The truths in the book have the potential to transform not only your life but also your entire community.” — Margaret Feinberg, author of Scouting the Divine
“The Art of Neighboring has united many of the churches in Duluth and has helped us to launch a neighboring movement. I’m excited about the influence it is having in my city and its potential to impact other cities around the country.” — Don Ness, mayor of Duluth, Minnesota
“The Art of Neighboring is at the forefront of a national movement to renew local communities. This book reminds us all of the value of pursuing relationships with the people who live around us.” — John McKnight, co-director of the Asset Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University
- Helped Me to Meet My Neighbors
This book actually helped me to start looking at my neighborhood in a new way. Even the other day I started building a snowman and got 5 of my neighbors involved in the process. This book was key in helping me be brave enough to do this, which means it impacted my actions more than a lot of books do.
It's a great book that's well worth the read. I gave it 3 stars, however, because there's a good portion of the book that seems a bit too obvious and dull. It felt like I had to get through half the book first to get to the real meat of it.
It's the stories that make this book great, as well as its focus on genuinely making friends with your neighbors and not turning them into projects.