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Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World [Paperback]

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Pages   159
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.46 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2012
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830836217  
EAN  9780830836215  

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Chris Heuertz draws from his experiences in global mission to explore five disciplines that help us break through the barriers between us and God and us and our neighbor, so that we can experience a lifestyle in celebration of the God who gives us life

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Chris Heuertz believes that any true path to spiritual sight ought to be simple. While he's not a contemplative and hardly a mystic, Chris has found, in the Bible and in his work with impoverished people, evidence of a simple spirituality. This way of humility, community, simplicity, submission and brokenness will help you see--no matter how dark things get.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Christopher L. Heuertz is an activist, author, visionary and public speaker, who has traveled with his wife, Phileena, through nearly seventy countries working with the most vulnerable of the world's poor. Chris has led the Word Made Flesh community as the International Executive Director since 1996. He and Phileena reside in Omaha, Nebraska.

Christopher L. Heuertz was born in 1971.

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Salty book  Aug 21, 2009
Simple Spirituality is Chris Heuertz's attempt to do just that: Follow Christ simply.

Chris just believes that it's not complicated.

He breaks following Christ into 4 areas and go into depth in each one with stories and truth that inspire and inform. He starts with humility and then moves through community, simplicity, submission and ends with brokenness.

It's nothing fancy. Reading it on the heals of Becoming the Answer to our Prayers was probably a God-thing as they dovetailed nicely. I can't recommend this book enough. Only a 152 pages, it's short, sweet and delightful to eat (plenty of salt in this one).
Remarkably Excellent!  Jul 22, 2009
This is the perfect boof if you are looking to deepen your walk with Christ. Chris Heuertz is an amazing author, disciple, brother and husband. The book illustrates the importance of humilty and community, among many other factors that are very formational in our lives as Christians. This book will touch your heart and ignite a passion for those around us who have often been forgotten. It is not only a book about the poor but a book about ourselves. It is excellent. I can attest that it has definitely changed my life. I recommend it to anyone who is looking to find Jesus, and I mean REALLY find Jesus!
Heartfelt and Challenging  Feb 21, 2009
I feel like I'm sitting face to face with Chris as I read his heartfelt and sincere words. He's helping me to look at my own heart as I stare wide-eyed at the conditions of others in our world. Maybe God loves more than I ever imagined and maybe as a Western Christian it's time to believe that love and act on it.
Christianity that makes a difference!  Jan 13, 2009
As the International Director of Word Made Flesh, an organization that serves Jesus among the poorest of the poor, in slums, sewers, refugee camps, and red light districts, Christopher Heuertz sees the logical application of holiness and the redemptive work of sanctification as compassion. Part memoir, part theological reflection, Simple Spirituality is a call to imitate the ministry of Christ through humility, community, simplicity, submission, and brokenness. Recalling great men of the faith such as John Wesley and Saint Francis of Assisi, this is a much needed book to help break North American believers out of the complacency we've been for quite some time. The forward by Shane Claiborne is in itself nearly worth the price of the book. This is an important book.
A Call to Simplicity  Oct 19, 2008
American life today is increasingly cluttered. We live in a fast-paced society that claims the answer to our insatiable appetites is in the unfettered pursuit of more stuff. Unfortunately, the church has often become complicit in this lie, offering us tips to better our lives rather than grace that transforms our vision of reality.

No wonder that many are now issuing a call for simplicity - a spirituality that shuns the materialistic impulses of our culture and finds true satisfaction in the way of Jesus.

Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World (IVP, 2008) is written by Chris Heuertz, international director of Word Made Flesh, an organization that reaches out to the most vulnerable of the world's poor. In Simple Spirituality, Chris shares the insights he has gained while working with the poor and encourages the church to capture his vision of ministering to the less fortunate.

Shane Claiborne writes in the foreword:

"This is a book about a spirituality that leads us all to life - about how the poor need the rich and the rich need the poor, and how all of us are in need of God." (11)

In his call for a simple spirituality, Chris centers his book on five principles:


Throughout his narrative, he speaks about how he has found Christ in the faces of the poor:

"As we look upon the faces of our friends who are poor, as we see the children, friends begging on the streets, and those in need, we are being confronted by Christ. He is placing before us an opportunity to love and serve him through the needs of the impoverished. He is offering an invitation to his community." (70)

There is much in this book that I relate too. I know what it is like to see people digging through your trash. Having ministered among the poorest of the Romanian Gypsies, I can identify with Chris' desire to wake the American church out of its slumber of complacency. Some of my most joyous times in Christian ministry have been with the poorest of the poor.

And yet, I differ from Chris in that I do not claim to have found Christ in the "poor" in some generic sense. I have seen the face of Christ in the Christian poor people that I have encountered - impoverished Christians who give out of their poverty to help other poor people.

For Chris, poverty=Christlikeness. I agree that we in the West can and should learn from the poor, but we should make a distinction here. As Christians, we see Jesus in our brothers and sisters - not merely in any poor person.

I appreciated the emphasis that Simple Spirituality places on the nature of unmerited grace. The poverty that Chris has witnessed has deepened his appreciation for grace - both receiving and showing it. But Chris never bases grace in the cross. Grace as unmerited favor is held in high esteem, and yet personal salvation and evangelism goes unmentioned.

The best chapter in Simple Spirituality is the one that calls us to simplicity. Christians would do well to read and implement Chris' insights in this chapter. As more and more people bow down to the idols of success, entertainment, and money, a return to simplicity in an effort to follow the way of Jesus is timely. I relate to Chris' difficulty in wrestling with the disparity of excess versus extreme poverty or the question of how to treat beggars.

Chris' chapter on power is the weakest. He does well to show the radical nature of power being focused through service, yet he fails to take biblical authority into account. At one point, he skips over a few biblical texts on submission and merely asserts a strong egalitarianism.

While the illustrations are memorable and much of Chris' advice helpful, Simple Spirituality is severely hampered by poor theology that leaves little room for the nature of true salvation. However, Chris is right to seek to wake us up to the realities of the world we live in. He writes:

"We want to let God in, but usually on our terms. We want to make room for Christ to reign on the thrones of our hearts, but only a clean Christ, who doesn't make a mess of our lives."

Absolutely. That's why Simple Spirituality, despite its many flaws, still serves as a good reminder that the way of Jesus is narrow, messy, and difficult - but its rewards are incalculable.

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