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Richard L

It's a great book (although for me the romantic backstory gets in the way a little bit). I loved the bit about the "artist pastor" ...

Paul Fromont

I loved it too when I read it (on Maggi's recommendation) when it first came out... it's a great weaving together of (something) of Francis, and a contemporary story of going backwards in order to go forwards...


I had the opportunity to meet Ian at Soularize 2007 when we were both leading workshops. His publisher NavPress is moving in some very interesting directions -- it's worth tracking to see what comes out of their new Deliberate line. I got the sense they're really trying to capture unique voices like Ian's.

From what I can tell based on what crosses my desk, the vast majority of US emergent church books coming out in 2008 will continue to follow the pattern you just described - the one notable exception being Phyllis Tickle's offering from Baker Books due out around the end of 2008. She also has a book that will be released in February by Jossey-Bass called the The Words of Jesus: A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord with Reflections by Phyllis Tickle. I found this book an invaluable aid in crafting my new atheist critique. Really powerful stuff.

I do fear that the plethora of Emergent Church (TM) books that show no sign of abating are going to turn people off completely from this global spirit -- and this is something that I don't think can be defined lest it die. In fact, that's why I insisted that the book you're in "Rising from the Ashes: Rethinking Church" NOT be marketed as an "emerging book" though there are elements of emergent church in many of the interviews. The people that were doing the ministries that excited me the most tended to be those that didn't box themselves into the role of being an "emergent church" leader.


I am a Roman Catholic, but untypical in that I don't do 'the saint thing'. However, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Assisi this year. A priest friend of mine describes it as a 'thin place'. It is a lovely place to visit and brilliant to be able to immerse yourself in the life of Francis. He really was an unconventional yet inspirational man whose life has a lot to say to our times.

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