Slow Kingdom Coming: Practices for Doing Justice, Loving Mercy and Walking Humbly in the World

Slow Kingdom Coming Practices for Doing Justice Loving Mercy and Walking Humbly in the World No one said pursuing justice would be easy The road can be so challenging and the destination so distant that you may be discouraged by a lack of progress compassion or commitment in your quest for j

  • Title: Slow Kingdom Coming: Practices for Doing Justice, Loving Mercy and Walking Humbly in the World
  • Author: Kent Annan
  • ISBN: 9780830844555
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • No one said pursuing justice would be easy The road can be so challenging and the destination so distant that you may be discouraged by a lack of progress, compassion or commitment in your quest for justice How do you stay committed to the journey when God s kingdom can seem so slow in coming Kent Annan understands the struggle of working for justice over the long haul.No one said pursuing justice would be easy The road can be so challenging and the destination so distant that you may be discouraged by a lack of progress, compassion or commitment in your quest for justice How do you stay committed to the journey when God s kingdom can seem so slow in coming Kent Annan understands the struggle of working for justice over the long haul He confesses, Over the past twenty years, I ve succumbed to various failed shortcuts instead of living the freedom of faithful practices In this book, he shares practices he has learned that will encourage and help you to keep making a difference in the face of the world s challenging issues All Christians are called to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly in the world Slow Kingdom Coming will guide and strengthen you on this journey to persevere until God s kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven.

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    1. <Summary: From years of experience in justice work, Kent Annan commends five practices that both better enable us to serve and to sustain our efforts for the long haul.One of the delights of working with collegians is that every generation has a fresh passion to change the world. The challenge is that real change is not simple and takes a long time. Often, change efforts end up not fitting the needs of those served, are culturally insensitive, reflect a good deal of hubris, fail to treat thos [...]

    2. I was introduced to this author by my son Chris after he spent 6 months in Haiti. I have read all 3 of Kent Annan's books and been deeply challenged and touched by each one. This one is no exception. Sometimes as a person of privilege, I get paralyzed when trying to "do good" in our complicated world. Annan lays out very practical areas that we should each consider as we work for justice and mercy in our world. Highly pragmatic yet filled with inspiring stories, Kent Annan's on the ground experi [...]

    3. Words fail me in so many ways about this book. I took so many screen shots as I read the book and sent them to friends. This book challenged me and felt deeply uncomfortable and convicting at points? And I loved it! There are so many solid pointers for doing the work of justice well and in a way that is healthy and empowering for the individual and the community. A must read!

    4. Slow Kingdom Coming (IVP Books 2016) by Kent Annan is a nice blend of truth and grace for budding Mother Theresa's and NGO members everywhere. It's a book that can temper the hopeless romantic's idealism and reinvigorate the hardened veteran's heart. Plus, it's written like a guide book, easy to consult when things go awry in the field. It is a book about compassion, action, "truthing" and how to help people the correct way.Annan is a veteran of the missions field, having spent a lot of time hel [...]

    5. This is a small book, but a good one for helping us to evaluate how we do and think about justice. Everything he talks about is applicable on any level, from the smallest acts of mercy to the largest aid organizations. I expect that I'll be referring back to this book and the 5 practices outlined often in the years to come.

    6. Annan is a great encourager. He lays out 5 practices for those of us who find ourselves in justice work, learning how to love mercy, and sometimes being humbled as we sometimes find ourselves stumbling as we walk through this life. Perhaps, I will return here and write a more in-depth review but for now, I will just say that this is one of those books that I could read every 18 months or so.

    7. HumblingI thought I was comfortable working in Crock-Pot mode. This was a good reality check that my Crock-Pot is more microwavish than I think

    8. I liked this book, and will use it for training my short term missions teams. It had good illustrations, was solidly scriptural, and also was faithful to its premise.

    9. Soundbite:“Awakening to justice…involves listening to other people’s lives…We practice awakening to justice by choosing who we talk with, what stories we read, what trips we take…That opens people’s eyes to educational challenges and also pulls back the curtain on big systemic issues of wealth, poverty, government representations, and race that many of them didn’t know in-depth before. Part of this practice of attention involves asking ourselves, What breaks my heart? In the world, [...]

    10. The vision of the Kingdom of God is one of justice—all wrongs put right, swords into plowshares, and all tears wiped from each and every eye. However, despite Jesus' claim (and ours) that the Kingdom of God is at hand, the work for justice remains exhausting work. We have a nation in the throes of debate over whose lives matter, systems still grind up the poor and the marginalized. The poor are always among us and the Kingdom of God is subject to violence. Lord have mercy. God's Kingdom is com [...]

    11. One of the things that continues to amaze me about life is when we think we have everything figured out and then we learn something new or suddenly see something in a different perspective and everything shifts again…do you ever get that? We're aware of our limitations when it comes to meeting the needs of our families, fulfilling the demands of our jobs, persevering in spite of the energy drain and the chronic pain, battling a long-standing habit, learning a new job after being laid off, stay [...]

    12. One of the things that continues to amaze me about life is when we think we have everything figured out and then we learn something new or suddenly see something in a different perspective and everything shifts again…do you ever get that? We're aware of our limitations when it comes to meeting the needs of our families, fulfilling the demands of our jobs, persevering in spite of the energy drain and the chronic pain, battling a long-standing habit, learning a new job after being laid off, stay [...]

    13. Full Review/Summary here: wp/p1GgST-1liHave you ever connected with an effort to help others only to find yourself quickly overwhelmed by the task at hand? Maybe you have wondered, do my efforts really make an impact in the grand scheme of the work that is needed. I find it easy to become discourages in efforts to do good knowing that my efforts will only make not even a small dent in a large issue.Kent Annan’s new book “Slow Kingdom Coming…” is a book I will find myself referring to aga [...]

    14. I received a free copy of this this book to review through NetGalley. This is an important book for churches and individuals who are called to mission work. It moves well meaning people away from the "cheap compassion" of charity and into the meaningful work of sustainable justice building. With an emphasis on honor and respect, Annan shifts the perspective from the volunteer to the recipient. Mission teams must evaluate if they are willing to put in the full investment of relationship building, [...]

    15. Kent Annan's Slow Kingdom Coming: Practices for Doing Justice, Loving Mercy and Walking Humbly in the World explores the spiritual practice of justice for those who want to make a real difference in the world. In a world with so much injustice, those who work for peace and justice often find themselves overwhelmed and hopeless. Annan's vision helps us take a deep breath and practice that justice with the intention and hopefulness that name the Christian spiritual life.So the five practices that [...]

    16. I hated the first part, which seemed like an advertisement for his friend's church but the book got better. I liked his section on confession as part of justice work. I don't confess enough. His book had nothing I hadn't heard before but I put some of his quotes in my inspirational quote book. I liked what he said about needing gratitude and joy. I have also found them to be instrumental in keeping me going. His book is basically spiritual intentional peer support (IPS). IPS is a training I had [...]

    17. It's like your favorite old, wise mentor meets you where you are at. This book is a very important book for the practice of Christianity, especially those who seek to live out Micah 6:8. Kent has a great way of laying out an idea, explaining his story behind the idea, and then challenging the read in a peaceful manner to do what he lays out. It's a glass of cold water on a hot day, it's sitting on a porch with an old friend, it's challenging and revitalizing, restful and provoking.

    18. The author identifies and discusses five key practices which he believes are essential for faithful participation in God's now and (slow) coming Kingdom; attention, confession, respect, partnering and truthing. Thoughtful reflection, mostly on action taken in the author's work in Haiti. There is a lot to like here and clearly there is a lot of practice to be done on the practices by all those engaged in mission.

    19. The author's idealism is rooted in reality and is deeply inspiring. Filled with real practical tips, this is the encouragement you need for when you look around at all the injustice and darkness in the world and worry that your little light won't change much. BRB, feeling motivated to change the world.

    20. Thoughtful practices for doing justice work well and for the long haul--Not just about making ourselves feel good. Accessible writing but gives you lots to process and ruminate on for awhile.

    21. A great read. Finds a balance between development best practice (both international and community) and living out the Gospel.

    22. Highly recommended for Christian individuals, small groups, churches, and nonprofits dedicated to justice work. I read and discussed it with two other women and found that to be highly worthwhile.

    23. Annan covers the essential topics involved in the Christian vocation. He explains many of these principals through stories and experiences in his own life.

    24. Excellent book. I had gotten it from the library but just ordered my own copy as I know I will share it and read it again.

    25. A fantastic read that leads anyone seeking to do justice and walk humbly with people on a journey of healthy engagement.

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