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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Glimpse inside The Simple Way: Be Inspired!

The video below is a short series of interviews with a number of individuals who experienced some time living and volunteering at The Simple Way in Philadelphia, PA. The Simple Way is small monastic community that was started by Shane Claiborne and conspires to " ... spread the vision of 'Loving God, Loving People, and Following Jesus' in our neighborhoods and in our world."~ www.thesimpleway.org

I first became aware of Shane Claiborne when his book,"Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical", was referred to me by a friend.  It is the kind of book that, upon reading it, you find yourself completely changed. Personally after I was done reading it I was no longer satisfied with merely knowing about Jesus, I wanted to live like him. I wanted to experience reaching out to others with the radical love and compassion that our Savior demonstrated and that the Bible calls us to live out in our own lives.

Please enjoy the video and be inspired! I highly recommend his book and would love your thoughts and comments! Thank you!


  1. Great video and a great book. Just waiting for you to write a book review on it, though I know you're very busy with your kids etc :-) Thanks for sharing the video Jessica :-)

  2. So inspiring!!! This reminded me of how the early Christians lived and supported one another in all ways and needs. I can't wait to read the book. Thanks, Jessica!

  3. Mike...I am looking forward to writing a review...that has definitely been on my mind! It's a book that deeply impacted my view towards faith and service. Stay tuned ;)

  4. Thanks for stopping by Martha. I agree! I just read some great verses in Acts today that reminded me of the approach Shane and his group use in life...living with one another and reaching out to others.

    Acts 4:32, 34a "Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. There was not a needy person among them..."

    ~blessings :)

  5. Hi, Jessica! --

    Thank you for sharing the video. I'm glad I took the time to watch it. Inspiring!

    I don't live that life, but my life is radically different from most people I know and/or come into contact with. I felt an affinity to the story, and re-affirmed my faith in trusting God to provide for all my needs and question the status quo of our culture.


  6. Thanks so much for stopping by Linda. Yes, I love the part that mentions about trusting God with our dialy needs...a good reminder. I'm glad that was reaffirmed to you, for when I watched it, that was one thing that really hit home for me as well :)


  7. Hi Jessica -

    The video is excellent. I'm a firm believer that God will provide all our needs and miracles when we can let go and give it all up to God. People think they have to control everything. We have no control. :)