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In Search of the Common Good by Jake Meador is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until November 21, 2019, through our partnership with InterVarsity Press.
Earlier this year, I visited a gastroenterologist for the first time. I had spent months suffering from chronic pain in my chest and gut, and nothing seemed to help, so my nurse practitioner referred me to a specialist. Within a few months, after tests and exams, and more appointments with more tests and more exams, I finally got my diagnosis. Within weeks of starting a treatment plan, my condition was cured.
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The gastroenterologist stopped his scribbling and looked me in the eyes, peering over the reading glasses perched on the tip of his nose. “It’s 2019,” he said, flatly. “Of course you have anxiety.”
Anxiety is having, as they say, a moment in our day. And it’s one of the symptoms of modern society’s decline that Jake Meador diagnoses in his book, In Search of the Common Good, from InterVarsity Press:
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[T]he common life of the United States—families, neighborhoods, small businesses, voluntary organizations, and so on—are failing. We do not know our neighbors and are desperately lonely. We are anxious. We are economically insecure. We delay family formation, if we ever get around to it at all. The result: we are beset by despair.
Meador returns to this idea of “the common life” throughout In Search of the Common Good, exploring our lived experiences as a digitally connected, increasingly polarized humanity that’s lost its grip on the things that make us image-bearers of God. Modern man and woman are acting out lives bereft of meaning, wonder, and purposeful work. This is the norm of twenty-first century living, rather than the exception.
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Meador posits a better way, offering a vision of life and community...
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