Our good friend Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove has a new book out called The Wisdom of Stability. We live in an incredibly mobile society that where on an average people move every 2-3 years. Jonathan questions this way of life and claims that the need to become rooted in a community lies deep within us. There is a great interview with Jonathan in Raleigh’s News and Observer in which he explains
“We felt that by moving again and again we could get to a place where you dig 10 wells 3 feet deep and never strike water,” said Wilson-Hartgrove, 29.
The Wilson-Hartgroves see stability as a virtue. The couple consider themselves modern-day monks, devoted to a religious community of like-minded people who practice prayer, contemplation and works of justice. Read the entire article here
As one who spent much of my life on the move, this book resonated with me and my own need for stability. I have long felt that all of us need stability zones and rootedness in our lives and am convinced that much of the fear and anxiety within our society is because of this lack of a sense of who we are and where we belong.
However Jonathan is the first one I have come across who has articulated this need as a Christian virtue partly because we need to be rooted in a community to care about it and become involved. I know that many monastic orders in the past have called people to a commitment to place but that is not something we hear much about today. This is a challenging and thought provoking book. I would heartily recommend it to anyone who seeks to engage in their community as part of God’s call on their lives.