Strangers at My DoorNovember 09, 2013
Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher (Convergent Books), and heard Wilson-Hartgrove read part of the book at the Wild Goose Festival (the photo is one I took of him during that presentation). I have read some of his earlier works and enjoyed them, but found this book to be his richest. In it he primarily talks about the community he ministers with at Rutba House in North Carolina. The stories of people who have interacted with the communal house are fascinating and well-developed. But what I did not expect to find was how he connected some of the stories to historical and systematic problems in our nation. This level of analysis adds much to the book as the micro- and macro-levels come together to tell deeper stories of pain, suffering, grace, and redemption. Although I do not believe we are all called to live out our faith in the specific way Wilson-Hartgrove does with his communal house, we are all clearly called to minister to those "strangers" at our doors and in our communities.