Have you joined a church or small group in hopes of experiencing real life change, only to be disappointed?
Have you sat through inspiring sermons about what is possible when Christians gather together in mutually edifying relationships, only to recognize how cynical you have become after many failed attempts? Transformation in community may be one of the most over-promised, under-delivered aspects of the Christian life today. Individuals remain selfish and stuck in their ways. Communities become spiritually lifeless or even fall apart because we don't know how to experience transformation together.
Transforming community does not come primarily from listening to inspiring preaching or adding another church program. It emerges as we embrace a shared commitment to the attitudes, practices and behaviors that open us to Christ in our midst. And that’s where Life Together in Christ comes in.
Reflecting on the story of the two disciples who meet Christ on the Emmaus Road, Ruth offers this interactive guide for small groups of spiritual companions who are ready to encounter Christ in transforming ways—right where they are on the road of real life.
In her latest book, Ruth Haley Barton casts a compelling vision for the role of community in our spiritual transformation. Based on fifteen years developing and leading the Transforming Center’s Transforming Community® experience, Ruth provides practical guidance in the attitudes, practices and experiences that open us to Christ’s transforming presence—so entire communities can embark on the journey of transformation together.
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
“A new book by Ruth Haley Barton never disappoints and this one is no exception.”
David G. Benner, author of The Gift of Being Yourself
“Ruth Haley Barton continues to do what she does best: invite us into a deeper life with Christ and offer rhythms of spiritual formation.”
J.R. Briggs, author of Fail
- Download the excerpt of Life Together in Christ
- Visit Transforming Center Blog and read our Q&A with Ruth About Life Together in Christ
- Visit the book site