As a newer Christian, previously disappointed and driven away from all things religion, this book really was enlightening and encouraging. Though I don't necessarily agree with all points of view, overall, fantastic. It was also nice to hear an author read their own work.
Narrator, who was the author, passionately read his words. His experiences are amazing as he describes them. A lot of challenging thoughts, which make for a deep self evaluation. A good listen for self discovery and values.
Tryin' my best to let Jesus HELP ME serve others... and walk faithfully in my relationship to His, and my, heavenly Father...
It offers inspiration to a sold-out walk with Jesus
He brings the emotion of the ORIGINAL story teller; because he is :-P
The part that moved me was where the group of people seemed protected by God... (and, i'm SURE God's hand of protection WAS there, over them!)
It was great to take a step to the side and examine what the American church has become and see what it could be
Find yourself as fascinated as I did, and you'll want to write a review for this book as well. As a testament of this books content and character, I'm writing a review for the first time for audible even though I've read (or listened to) hundreds of books and haven't ever before. I liked the authors self-disclosure in regards to aspects of the topic's raw nature.
Speaking professionally, this book had an organized though presentation. It also completely shocked me into truths on topics I didn't previously have any knowledge.
Without just saying "read this" which is what I was told when introduced to this book, I'd have to say his validity through personal experiences shared copiously throughout the book.
His yearning for change in the main subject of reforming the readers faith was overly apparent in some parts of the book. If anything is negative, it's the depressing nature of the subject which should not default the author nor this book; only the simple minded entertainment value merely for the duration of a few minutes in one or two chapter beginnings.
Most important to note was the experience of the author for the purposes of this book. His experience is unparalleled when it comes to the true meaning of having faith.
I'm over 50 and my 18 yr old step daughter recommended this book, both I think so that I would understand how she sees Christ and Christianity, and how I should consider it.It sat in my library for a year before I finally listened to it.It was a great book that hit right at my criticisms of church and Christianity. Churches have a challenge balancing their missions to serve and minister with maintenance and preservation. There are so many stories of pastors and church members sacrificing those they don't like so the church is a more comfortable place serving those who contribute financially or in other ways.Shane has the same concerns and addresses them in a non-judgmental and non-confrontational way.Shane talks about where he sees the churches should be; how ministering to the poor and downtrodden is one of the highest callings one can achieve, and how easy it is to lose site of this.In listening to this book I saw Christ in a more comfortable, more approachable way. His language was young and meant to appeal to youth, but I got over it.I enjoyed the read and recommend this book.
About at the top.
The last chapter.
Yes, but I needed to digest what was spoken.
Overall a great book, both written and audio. Shane Claiborne has a few others that are pretty good as well.
I would read this book again and again. I can think of maybe three other books that I can say this about, and I am a prolific reader.
This book is kind of in a league of it's own. Any person who is sick of pedantic and dead religion will learn why they are sick, and what is needed to revolutionize a heart that is calloused to good intentions, and words without actions. There is the good theology of say, Brian Mclaren and Thomas More, back-dropping Shane's words, but best of all, and unique to this book, is that the theology is turned autobiographical. Word into flesh; actions. Blessed actions.
I can't compare this book to many, because so few have to radically chosen to live out their faith in such a profound way.
I haven't listened to any other of Shane's work.
The book made me uncomfortable, shattering any pretense that I am doing a great thing by reading a great book. Bookism is selfish, if your interactions with others, yourself and God are not altered. I had a moment of feeling all of my life's hinges (goals, aspirations, where I place my time and energy) come loose, and imagining my life going down a different path. Then, in the weeks and days after, I set about forming new contacts and conversations that I know without a doubt is where I need to be going.
Thanks for speaking truth first in your actions Shane, it makes your words weighty, Even if you talk kinda funny, (I am far north of your strong southern accent)
It will be tragic if the Western church does not take to heart this young man's powerful and loving critique. Recommended for Christians and those who are annoyed by them.
The sample gives an idea of the content. Always listen to samples with sharp ear.
The book takes you to real places, and to the world of ideas, even though interesting and worth knowing, that belong to a particular kind of person that I think Shane is. You cannot see this in the sample at first, after you do some reading you find enough features of his attractive idealistic unrealistic idea and you will be able to trace them in the sample.
I see an irreversible idealist, dominated by this particular closed function of his brain, intelligent and talented, very charismatic that found in Christianity plenty of tools to justify his lifeview, worldview. A worldview in which he lives.
The wrong use, abuse of Scripture proves that his ideal manipulates anything that could be useful to validate and force his concept. That’s why others are bothered by his political/social content. That’s why others are attracted by this radicalism. Shane is an idealist and that’s how he lives with Christ or without Christ.
While listening a name came to my mind, John Alexander Dowie.
A few but revealing sex jokes and sex comments adds to my suspicion regarding his personality.
I see a dysfunction brain in action. To me this book is irrelevant