Community can be challenging. Frankly, it's what we should expect. Every community is made up of broken people. We all have needs, hurts, and trials. Sometimes these challenge our relationships with others. Having said that, community is also one of the most rewarding experiences we can have in life. Being with others picks us up when we're down. It challenges us. It grows us. It helps us become the people God made us to be.
Ruth Haley Barton has in mind these competing realities in Life Together in Christ. She is honest about the challenges, but relentlessly hopeful about the promise of living life with others. She uncovers the immense blessing we can have when we commit to vulnerability and sacrifice.