Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Writes Book on Christian Faith

St. Davids, PA, August 21, 2012: Eastern University graduate Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove ’03 has just published The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice A Common Faith (Zondervan, August 2012). His newest book questions and explains some of the fundamental practices of Christianity

“If how is the question of our age, the concern at the forefront of our minds,” Wilson-Hartgrove says, “then God’s interruption of our status quo also presents a new question – a question that’s equally practical and maybe even more radical. The question is, why?” Wilson-Hartgrove seeks to answer this question in the seven areas of Christianity that he addresses, using biblical reasoning and Scripture references:

Why we eat together
Why we fast
Why we make promises
Why it matters where we live
Why we live together
Why we would rather die than kill
Why we share good news

In addition to being an author, Wilson-Hartgrove is a speaker, Associate Minister at St. John's Baptist Church, and directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit organization that works to foster community and form people in the way of Jesus. Wilson-Hartgrove has worked with Eastern University graduate Shane Claiborne’97 and is part of the New Monastic community.

Wilson-Hartgrove is the author of eight other books, including The Wisdom of Stability.  He graduated from Duke Divinity School in 2006 and is a co-founder of Rutba House, a community in Durham, North Carolina centered on “hospitality, prayer, fasting, simplicity, peacemaking, celebration and song.”

If you are unsure as to whether The Awakening of Hope is for you, Wilson-Hartgrove writes on page eight, “This book is for people who have a hunch, whether you like the language of revival or not, that God is stirring a new movement in our world today…if God’s vision of peace and justice burns in your bones…if you’ve longed to see the love we were made for lived out in community – this book is for you.” The book also has a DVD Study Guide.

For more information about The Awakening of Hope visit

Eastern University is a Philadelphia Christian university which enrolls about 4,400 students in its undergraduate, graduate, Seminary and urban programs.

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