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 2,000 years?
Once upon a time, people knew their neighbors. They talked to them, had cook-outs with them, and went to church with them. In our time of unprecedented mobility and increasing isolationism, it's hard to make lasting connections with those who live right outside our front door. We have hundreds of "friends" through online social networking, but we often don't even know the full name of the person who lives right next door. This unique and inspiring book asks the question: What is the most loving thing I can do for the people who live on my street or in my apartment building? Through compelling true stories of lives impacted, the authors explain how to create genuine friendships with the people who live in closest proximity to us.
©2012 Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon (P)2012 Brilliance Audio
The message is excellent and motivational!
The performance was too robotic sounding. The sound quality was off - all "s" sounds are like the performer is too close to the mic, which is annoying.
About half an hour in, they've talked at repetitive length about how we can fix society's ills and bring everyone to Jesus by neighboring but are yet to provide any actual advice on how to neighbor. I knew this book had an evangelical perspective, but based on the description, I really was expecting it to focus on the benefits to oneself and one's neighbors rather than on those to the evangelical mission and to stopping kids from smoking weed or whatever other random examples they've mentioned so far in passing.
Also, the narrator doesn't seem to understand how to inflect normal elements of communication like questions and lists. It's as if he can pronounce English well but doesn't understand it.
Communities must read!
It lays out a very simple way to help people connect with their neighbors, anyone can do this. It then will lead to neighborhoods connecting and potentionally whole communities.
This was my first Carlos Erbach but I would listen to others. Very easy to listen to.
I have already used it in a sermon and will use it as a study at my church. Have already shared it with two neighboring faith communities.
I live in a very rural neighborhood, but most of my neighbors and I practice this way of neighboring with intentionality. This will help me teach others to do what we have been doing!
The Pros: Good advice and real world-ish examples of neighboring. The Cons: Jesus H. Christ, they bring up the Lord and Christianity a whole lot. I did not read the description carefully enough. This was like Sunday School!
Nice wrap-up. Good use of sentences.
Non-offensive.Beaming with the Lord's juice.
God no. The corpse of Fred Rogers.
No, why do you ask?
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