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Neighborhoods Reimagined

How the Beatitudes Inspire our Call to be Good Neighbors

Chris McKinney and Elizabeth McKinney


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Neighborhoods Reimagined

How the Beatitudes Inspire our Call to be Good Neighbors

Chris McKinney and Elizabeth McKinney


Somewhere along the way we drifted apart from our next-door neighbors, and now we’re not sure we can get back together again. We lack a clear vision for showing and sharing Jesus’ love with them and how his countercultural values might transform our neighborhoods, including us. But just imagine.

Imagine a neighborhood where people are connected rather than isolated, where wrongs are righted, where mercy brings fences down, and where we become agents in seeing God’s kingdom come.

Believing the beatitudes are Jesus’ invitation into neighborhood flourishing, Neighborhoods Reimagined envisions how these upside-down values can turn our corners right-side-up.

What others are saying:

“This friendly and engaging book woos us to come out from behind our closed doors to engage with the people on the other side of the fence—and the other side of the street—out of love for Christ and a desire for his kingdom to come to our own neighborhoods. Rather than guilting us into greater openness, Chris and Elizabeth paint a joyful and fruitful picture for us that generates the desire, ideas, and energy we need to boldly open the doors of our homes and our lives to those who live right around us.”

— Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher and author of Even Better than Eden

Neighborhoods Reimagined is an important, helpful, practical, and fast- paced book. We have forgotten both what Jesus has said in the Sermon on the Mount in the beatitudes and we have forgotten what it means to be neighborly. What Elizabeth and Chris have done here is show us how the greatest sermon of all time relates to everyday relationships with those right next door to you. If you really believe that God is in control (and you should) then that means he has you exactly where you are for a purpose and this excellent book is going to help you find that purpose and practice. Imagine what would be possible if we all lived with the kind of intentionality and hospitality Jesus argues for in his upside-down kingdom. Through engaging stories, witty illustrations, and down-to-earth analogies, the McKinneys have shown us a better path in how we relate to our neighbors.”

— Michael Graham, program director for The Keller Center for Cultural Apologetics and author of The Great Dechurching

“Chris and Elizabeth invite us to reimagine how the gospel impacts us and our neighborhoods alongside an insightful journey through the ‘refreshing breeze’ of the beatitudes. Great storytellers, Chris and Elizabeth draw the reader in with relatable experiences that normalize what it looks like to be neighbors who love Jesus. The thoughtful reflection and discussion questions at the end of each chapter provide an excellent way to put their insights into practice in community. I highly recommend Neighborhoods Reimagined!”

— Cas Monaco, FamilyLife VP of Missiology and Gospel Engagement

“Often books about the beatitudes are focused on the individual: how do I live out kingdom values. But the beatitudes are at their very core interested in the life of the kingdom in community. That is, with and around our neighbors. Chris and Elizabeth McKinney give us a practically helpful and uniquely engaging vision of what the life of the kingdom could look like here ‘on earth as it is in heaven.’ Imagine what our neighborhoods would be like if we reimagined them from Jesus’ great sermon.”

— Jeremy Writebol, pastor of Woodside Bible Church, MI and author of Pastor, Jesus is Enough.

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    Neighborhoods Reimagined

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    Chris McKinney and Elizabeth McKinney

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5.0 based on 13 reviews


When we moved into our new neighborhood a couple years ago, I had idealistic visions of meeting my neighbors and sharing hot cocoa and cookies at Christmas time, board game nights, chats in the back yard under fairy lights. Things didn't go according to plan. But this book has put the wind back in my sails to try again. I recently heard someone say we shouldn't be looking to the upcoming election to transform our country; change will come when each of us loves our neighbors well. This is just the book to inspire us all with a vision for what is possible if we take Jesus at his word about what the blessed life really looks like. Chris and Elizabeth make loving our neighbors look like an exciting opportunity, without minimizing the cost.

Powerful and Practical

The McKinney’s wrote this book rooted in God’s truth and principles. They also made it practical for group discussion and processing with personal reflection questions and group discussion questions at the end of each chapter. It would be easy for anyone to gather a group together for 8-10 weeks and help others Reimagine their neighborhood-for the glory of God!

Character is the best outreach

We all want to change the world but what if that started with how we treat the neighbors in our backyard? This book was a great reminder and blueprint that demonstrated how the character qualities in the beatitudes make a lasting impact on others. It was accessible and chock full of stories and ideas on how to be a loving, faithful presence with those you are closest to.

Practical Beatitudes for the Second Greatest Commandment

Easy to read, practical to apply, this book offers great insight into each Beatitude and how it ought to spur us on to love our neighbor-yes the one next door. In this age of busy isolation, Neighborhoods Reimagined is a breath of fresh air to the soul. Chris and Elizabeth present ideas which they have applied in their own neighborhoods, but each chapter leaves room for the readers reflection and personalized practical application and prayer. Highly recommended!

Perfect for any Neighboring context

I love this book! It's practical, but not formulaic, therefore allowing freedom to think about neighboring no matter your context. The authors are also genuine and approachable, sharing stories from a place of both experience and honesty about the beauty in neighboring but also the hard parts. I live in a place where neighboring is difficult, and I feel inspired and have a renewed vision for neighboring!

Loving Your Neighbor

Neighborhoods Reimagined using the beatitudes has really challenged me about what God wants to do in my neighborhood. This is a book that I will review because it speaks to living life with the people around us the way God wants us to do it.

Practical, warmhearted neighboring

After reading and enjoying the McKinney's first book in neighboring, I hoped for a sequel I could use with my book club to take practical next steps... and this is just that! The questions at the end of the chapters will be perfect for my summer group Zooming in from around the world. This book makes me uncomfortable in all the best ways because it moves me toward action with doable ideas to engage diverse neighborhoods!

Love Those In Your Community?

The McKinneys reimagine neighboring with a clear picture from the beatitudes. Get this book to understand how you might live faithfully and love those in your community.

Neighborhoods reimagined indeed!

How many of go through the motions of life without ever knowing their neighbors? We’ve lived in a variety of neighborhoods and none were as rewarding as the ones where we’ve gotten to our neighbors. A great topic based on real needs… A rewarding book indeed.

Applying The Beatitudes In Our Neighborhoods

We really loved this book “Neighborhoods Reimagined” by Chris and Elizabeth McKinney. Their stories of what they have learned from their experiences of neighboring and how they have related these experiences to The Beatitudes is compelling and helpful. It is an easy read and the way they back everything up with Scripture is wonderful. This is a practical guide to help us apply the lessons in the Sermon on the Mount to our daily lives and how we relate to those who live closest to us. The McKinney’s point out that where we live is not an accident and we need to be intentional in showing Christ’s love to our neighbors. This book is a great guidebook for helping us to be a beacon of light in our neighborhoods, by being more Christ like. I would highly recommend it. It has inspired us to get to know our neighbors better by inviting them to neighborhood events, engaging them in conversations, and praying for them. This should be a must read for everyone. Len and Larri

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