The Washington Institute is founded on the principles of Director Steve Garber’s book The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior. Here, Steve describes how the book came to be, and how The Washington Institute evolved from it. Read on for Steve’s explanation and then follow the links below to read about why Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Bookstore chose The Fabric of Faithfulness as “book of the decade.”

Looking Behind The Fabric

Years ago now, I began to wonder why it was some students I had loved kept at the vocation of their faith, and others did not. Never a theoretical idea, these were people that had become part of my heart. We had walked together, read together, prayed together, laughed together.

And then, inch by slow inch, they began to walk away, disconnecting what they said mattered most from the way they made decisions about both the present and the future-and over time they became different people.


Go to Hearts & Minds Bookstore on the web to purchase the book. Those who tell Hearts & Minds that The Washington Institute sent you will receive a 20% discount on the book. You can find Byron’s review here.

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