Cultivating Communities of Resitance

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : March 14, 2006

One of my frustrations these days is how much crap is being published.  There are many good books being published, but some are just terrible.  Even people I respect have published books that are poorly written, with half-developed ideas.  I sometimes wonder if some people care more about writing a book than they care about having something to say.  I’ve daydreamed about writing a book–lots of us have.  But I only want to write a book if it really serves the church.  And I only want to do it if it is tastefully "packaged", non-hypey, and doesn’t reek of self-promotion. 

Every once in a while someone suggests that I write a book…a few times the person suggesting has been prominent or connected enough for me to think "I really could write a book if I wanted to." But up until this point, I am a bit ashamed to admit that I cared more about writing a book than I’ve cared about having something to say.

I really think I’m at a place where I have something to say, and could say it in a way that honors Christ.  The idea is this: Cultivating Communities of Resistance–a book written by practitioners who have struggled to help shape the local church into a faithful community which resists some of the "powers" in our culture.  Communities which resist racism, consumerism, poverty, etc.  I think a book like this should be written, offering real examples of communities that are trying to live out their faith.  And while I think I can contribute to this book (in the area of consumerism), the book would be much better if there were others contributing as well.  And so, I am actively looking for folks that are intersted in contributing to such a work. 

If you’re interested, send me an email: mark [at]

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