Just two months ago the book No Home Like Place: A Christian Theology of Place was launched. The work of Canadian scholar of Christian mission and formation Leonard Hjalmarson, it’s a book worth commending.
Though I have never met the author in person, I have long admired Len’s voice in significant conversations on the nature of Christian mission and the role of the local church. His early books — including Missional Spirituality and An Emerging Dictionary of Gospel and Culture — have been thoughtful contributions to my own thinking, so when asked to add some words of endorsement to this one, it was an easy ‘yes’.
Here’s what I said:
‘There are many of us in places far and wide, practitioners seeking to live God’s call to the neighbourhood. We are committed to the most local expressions of discipleship because we have a gut sense that place matters to God and to the nature of Christian mission. What Len provides in this book a wonderful resource to those of us committed to the neighbourhood, a cogent, carefully researched and sensitively written theology of place that will sustain and strengthen our commitments.’
There are many more notable responses to the book, some of which you can find here. I can only assure you that for those committed to deepening the church’s most local commitments to mission, this is a book worth reading.