Living in spiritual community is, and always has been, God's design for His people. Far from being "just another good idea" or church fad, community is meant to be central to a Christian's life.
But because of our culture's Individualism, its high esteem for independence and self-reliance, Christians often believe that we're meant to try to follow Christ on our own. When we treat Christianity as if it were a divine self-help program, our spiritual lives quickly stop making sense, become rote, and dry up.
Walking In Gardens Alone demonstrates from Scripture that God never intended His people to live like this - He has never offered the abundant life on these terms.
On the contrary: deliberately engaging in community is what brings the full promise of earthly Christianity to fruition.
Jason Michael Smith grew up attending Reston Bible Church in Northern Virginia. He received a B.A. from the College of William & Mary, where he concentrated in English & World Literature and Religious Studies, with particular emphasis on ancient Judaism. He was heavily involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on campus, and volunteered occasionally with the LifeTeen ministry at St. Bedes' Catholic. He and his wife currently live in Houston, where they attend BridgePoint Bible and Memorial Drive United Methodist.