Rising from the Ashes

Rethinking Church

Becky Garrison

Oct/2007, 192 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781596270626



The alternative worship/emergent church movement has been underway in various incarnations throughout the UK for over twenty years, and has impacted the U.S. evangelical community since the 1990s. However, these influences are just now beginning to emerge within the mainline liturgical churches. What impact do these new ways of worshiping God have on the contemporary mainline church? Rising From the Ashes engages these questions through interwoven oral history-style interviews with people in mainline churches who are doing outside-the-box ministries and are at the forefront of exploring what it means to "be" the church in the twenty-first century. Critics of the emergent church movement are also included.


Becky Garrison is a prolific commentator on contemporary religious life and missional forms of church. The author of Rising from the Ashes: Rethinking Church and Jesus Died for This? A Satirist's Search for the Risen Christ, she is a contributing editor for Sojourners magazine and The Wittenberg Door.

"It's a delightful romp through Becky's interaction with about 30 worship leaders, most of whom are deeply embedded in the mainline church scene in UK, USA, and Australia. The book is really quite dynamic, full of interview and conversations and skype chats with key leaders and thinkers. Rising from the Ashes does a thorough job in focusing the conversation on mainline churches and showing them a way forward."--Andrew Jones, facebook blog, http://tallskinnykiwi.typepad.com

"I recommend this book as a great resource and glimpse into the currents moving the church today. It is helpful to know where we are headed and prudent to understand the passions and rationale of others during these times."—Julieclawson.com.

"She took on a wonderful task and brought the book together by doing numerous interviews with "emergent" leaders and brought them together in a nice package."—Jeffgreathouse.blogspot.com

"Like the emerging church movement itself, Rising from the Ashes, is intended to encourage readers to think and question and, above all engage in conversation about future expressions of the Christian faith, both within and beyond its institutional structures."—The Living Church

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