Shane's faith led him to dress the wounds of lepers with Mother Teresa, visit families in Iraq amidst bombings, and dump $10,000 in coins and bills on Wall Street to redistribute wealth. Shane lives out this revolution each day in his local neighborhood, an impoverished community in North Philadelphia, by living among the homeless, helping local kids with homework, and "practicing resurrection" in the forgotten places of our world.
Shane's message will comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable, but will also invite us into an irresistible revolution. His is a vision for ordinary radicals ready to change the world with little acts of love.
©2006 Shane Claiborne; (P)2006 Zondervan
"A moving, often humorous account of a life of faith lived to the fullest." (Booklist)
From the standpoint of a politically conservative Christian, I fell in love with the radically liberal spirit of Claiborne. I agree with only about 70% of what he says, and greatly disagree with his political views. My major criticism with the book is that it focuses on advocating for political change in our country, where I believe we should focus on church change. Outside of that criticism, Shane has inpired me to make radical changes in my life, and I highly recommend the book. I have a greater understanding of what the phrase, "blessed are the poor in spirit" actually means. Shane gives an example of what it means in a very practical sense, to give up everything and follow Jesus, and how wonderful and irresistible this can be. In recomending this book to friends, I warn them that after reading this, they might just get rid of everything they own and run off to Calcutta. So, be warned. It is irresistible.
If you are not ready to be radically changed do NOT read this book. This book will challenge you to flip your life upside down. How many of you are ready to do everything the Bible says and not just what is easy, How many of you would sell everything? God will separate you, are you a goat or a sheep?(Matthew 25:31-46). Shawn is a basicly a hippy activist, but he will challenge you to LOVE and surround your self with the poor.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
I was introduced to Shane Claiborne's book "Irresistible Revolution" by one of the ministers in our local congregation, when he decided to use certain themes in a series of sermons. So when the audio book was available on Audible, I thought let me buy it and listen.
My first impressions as I started listening was, "What an accent, Shane! Will I be able to listen through the whole book?" I persevered and listened through the book...
Claiborne gives biographical sketches of himself and the radical Christian group he co-founded in Philadelphia called "The Simple Way." The use of stories to bring across a point is a very powerful way of moving people from passivity to activism. I think Claiborne is very successful in doing just that in this book. He challenges people through relating some deeply moving stories to live the message of Jesus today and not only one day. From this point of view the book is highly commendable.
There are a few things that hindered me, when listening to the book. For one, the target group of the book are American. I felt left out and suspect that I didn't get all the political overtones in the book. Claiborne's chuckling and "dude"-type image that he portrayed alienated me further. I find the idea of calling God or Jesus a "lover" disrespectful and maybe even blasphemous. (As you can see, these are just my own religious hang-ups and someone else might experience it very different.)
That said, I enjoyed Claiborne's stories about Mother Teresa of Calcutta and various other truly human moments in the book. He gave Americans the other side of the Iraqi war. I admire the fact that Claiborne doesn't beat around the bush.
I would recommend this book to American adolescents who wants to make an impact on the world around them by living their faith through being radically Biblical in their approach. I don't think this book is everybody's cup of tea, not because of the content, but maybe more because of the packaging. Still there is a lot of challenge and a lot of food for thought.
Narrative makes the world go round.
I'm a listener/reader of Jim Wallis, Rob Bell and Brain McLaren -- so I thought this audiobook would be repetitive. While much of Claiborne's message is similar to the above, his voice is unique. The book is not as well articulated as McLaren or Wallis, but it is a brave call to action in an engaging, young, enthusiastic voice, illustrating the power of narrative in communicating ideas. His style might annoy some, but I liked his perky enthusiasm. If you want a preview of the book, try the American Public Radio "Speaking of Faith" podcast with Claiborne (from Audible or free at APR) . The present book fleshes out the story told there.
So I am glad I downloaded this: To an older person like me, it offers hope for the future of the church (in its universal sense). It also challenges me to live up to my previous youthful idealism for an intentionally simple life in solidarity with the poor -- something that became obscured over the years. I look forward to Claiborne's new book, "Jesus for President." Claiborne certainly packed a lot of experience (and reflection) into his life so far.
This book was so convicting. It made me look at so many things in a different light...the light of Jesus. I totally recommend reading it. We can't all be as radical as Shane is but we can definitely benefit from this perspective in carrying out the lives God has us in.
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.
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