The Wisdom of Stability

The Wisdom of Stability

Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture

By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove; Kathleen Norris (Foreword by)

Paraclete Press (MA), Paperback, 9781557256232, 163pp.

Publication Date: May 2010


""In whatever place you live, do not easily leave it." -Abba Anthony""
"In an age where we might email a friend in Africa, skype a co-worker in Brazil, and

teleconference with people in different time zones-all in one day-the sheer speed of life can be dizzying. Like children stumbling off a merry-go-round, says Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, we are grasping for something to anchor our lives in a sea of constant change. In "The Wisdom of Stability," Wilson-Hartgrove illuminates the biblical and monastic understanding of why staying in one place is both a virtue, and good for you. "For the Christian tradition," he writes, "the heart's true home is a life rooted in the love of God." When we cultivate an inner stability of heart - by rooting ourselves in the places where we live, engaging the people we are with, and by the simple rhythms of tending to body and soul - true growth can happen. "The Wisdom of Stability" is a must-read for pastors, leaders, and anyone seeking an authentic path of Christian transformation.

About the Author
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is an associate minister at St. Johns Baptist Church. A graduate of Duke Divinity School, Jonathan is engaged in reconciliation efforts in Durham, North Carolina, directs the School for Conversion (, and is a sought-after speaker and author of several books. The Rutba House, where Jonathan lives with his wife, Leah, their son, JaiMichael, daughter, Nora Ann, and other friends, is a new monastic community that prays, eats, and lives together, welcoming neighbors and homeless. Find out more at

Kathleen Norris is the author of two books of poetry, Falling Off (1971) and The Middle of the World (1981) and has received awards from the Guggenheim and Bush foundations. She lives in Lemmon, South Dakota, with her husband.

Praise For The Wisdom of Stability

"Stability may be the virtue that 21st-century Christians most ignore---and the virtue we are most called to embrace. This fine book will inspire you to look at your own life, asking, 'Where am I restless? Where might God be calling me to be rooted, to stay put?" --Lauren Winner, author of Mudhouse Sabbath and Girl Meets God

"Jonathan speaks out like the prophets of old, and calls us into an alternative lifestyle." --Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus, Eastern University