Review of Accompaniment, Community and Nature by Jonathan Herbert

Providing a counter-argument to a consumerist, fast-paced and individualistic life, this book by the Revd Canon Jonathan Herbert represents the power of community and spending time with people in an unpressured and open way.

Herbert knows a thing or two about living in community. He was warden of the Pilsdon Community from 2004 to 2009. Since 1958, the Pilsdon Community has been offering a refuge to people in crisis, welcoming those from all backgrounds and from many different walks of life – whether young or old, rich or poor. Pilsdon is a community that shares a common life of prayer, hospitality and work, providing an environment of acceptance and friendship where people can begin to rebuild their lives.

Herbert now lives in community at Hilfield Friary, an intentional community of brothers of the First Order of the Society of St. Francis (an Anglican religious order with life-vowed members) together with men and women who commit themselves to share in the Franciscan life and wok of the friary.

In his review of Herbert’s book, Accompaniment, Community and Nature , Sarum College Principal James Woodward says, ‘Herbert writes with a clarity that can only come from a heart and head that has struggled, that knows anger and has faced some perplexing parts of others and self.’

Visit James Woodward’s blog to read this review and other reflections

Visit Jessica Kingsley Publishers to buy this book.

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