What is neighborliness? It’s more than being friendly with the people in our neighborhood. According to this book, neighborliness is the embodiment of Jesus to those around us. Taking on His characteristics of love, grace, and genuine interest in others. I like that definition. Scroll down for my Neighborliness Book Review.
About the Book:
Do you want to love your neighbor as yourself but don’t know where to start? This practical, accessible guide to bridging the dividing lines of politics, race, and economics, both individually and as the church, will help you amplify Jesus in your community and build God’s kingdom.
When asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus gave a two-part answer: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” and also “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love God. Love others.
Jesus’ simple command to love your neighbor can feel overwhelming when your neighbor looks, lives, and votes differently than you do. Racial and economic tensions across the country have resulted in deep dividing lines that seem really intimidating to cross.
Docusen breaks down these lines in approachable chapters, including topics such as:
~how to actively seek out people you can benefit and encourage,
~what it means to find a diverse and supportive community that fulfills needs,
~examples of real-life experiences, including highlights and missteps of Docusen’s ongoing journey, and
~how churches can teach on difficult topics with grace and truth.
Neighborliness is a practical guide to bridging those dividing lines and learning to recognize and amplify the beauty of God in our communities. Backed by David’s speaking and training through the Neighborliness Center, this book will help individuals and churches reach out to their neighbors, love them through Christ, and build God’s kingdom.
Neighborliness Book Review
This book is not just a list of ideas to do for your neighbor. It delves into racism, poverty, things that pull us apart. Through real life examples, the author shows us how we can overcome the things that pull us apart so we can make a real difference in our neighborhoods.
At the end of each of the 14 chapters, there is a page of questions and resources, as seen in the picture above. A Bible verse, discussion prompts, and a next step. The discussion prompts can be used just for you while reading the book, or in a group discussion situation.
I don’t like writing/taking notes in my books. As you can see in the pictures, I use post it notes, and little post it stickies (don’t know the official name lol) to mark pages I want to read again, or notes that I have. That’s just me, I think. Lots of people take notes in books. This way, I get a visual of how much I liked a book, and don’t want to forget certain sections.
There are quite a few things I learned in this book that I don’t want to forget. And sections that I want to reread. To me, that’s the sign of a good book!
There are sections in the back of the book with resources that you can use yourself, or with your church.
If you are looking to be more involved with your neighbors/community, I recommend this book.
For more information about Neighborliness, and to buy the book, go HERE.
Disclosure: Many thanks to FrontGate Media for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.