Christian Intentional Communities in Kansas

Book List

There is a vast body of literature on Christian intentional community.  The following selected resources inspired and/or influenced Christians in Kansas as they formed their own intentional communities, and offer a good introduction to the current waves of thought influencing Christians who are living intentionally within the state, today:

Claiborne, Shane. The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006.

  • Claiborne’s 2006 work describes his journey to founding the Simple Way, one of the first and best-known New Monastic Christian Intentional Communities.

Claiborne, Shane. Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008.

  • Here, Claiborne tries to reawaken the “Christian political imagination,” calling young Christians to rely not on political systems but in Jesus and the social justice efforts of individual people themselves.

Boyle, Mark. The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2010.

  • In this 2010 book, Mark Boyle narrates his year without money in which he embraces simple living and learns to go without. While not explicitly about Christian intentional living, this book has inspired many intentional community members to embrace life without material comforts.

Wilson-Hartgrove, Johnathan. New Monasticism: What it has to say to Today’s Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2008.

  • Wilson-Hartgrove lays out the 12 Marks of New Monasticism, discusses the founding of the New Monastic movement, and gives practical advice for daily application of the Marks.

Wilson-Hartgrove, Johnathan. Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests. New York: Convergent, 2013.

  • Wilson-Hartgrove, founder of Rutba House Christian intentional community in Durham, NC, discusses what it means to see Jesus in strangers and how best to provide to those who need aid.

Janzen, David, Shane Claiborne, and Johnathan Wilson-Hartgrove. The Intentional Christian Community Handbook: For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2013.

  • Janzen, Claiborne, and Wilson-Hartgrove share practical advice about creating and sustaining Christian intentional community.

The Rutba House. School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2005.

  • An attempt to nail down the tenets of New Monasticism, written by Rutba House, an intentional Christian community in Durham, NC.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community. New York, NY: Harper & Row Publishers, 1954.

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, minister, writes about creating fellowship in an underground Seminary in Nazi Germany. He discusses how Christian fellowship can be lived in everyday life.

Day, Dorothy. The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist. New York, NY: Harper & Row Publishers, 1952.

  • In this popular autobiography, Dorothy Day—pioneer in the Catholic Worker movement—chronicles her life of social justice activism. She discusses her spiritual evolution and role in founding, along with Peter Maurin, the Catholic Worker tradition.

DuBay, Thomas. Happy Are You Poor: The Simple Life and Spiritual Freedom. Denville, NJ: Dimension Books, 2003.

  • DuBay explores the idea of Christian poverty, and what it means—practically—to live simply and frugally.

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