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Irresistible Revolution Audiobook

Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

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Publisher's Summary

Many of us find ourselves caught somewhere between unbelieving activists and inactive believers. We can write a check to feed starving children or hold signs in the streets and feel like we've made a difference without ever encountering the faces of the suffering masses. In this book, Shane Claiborne describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, inviting us into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside each of us and extends into a broken world.

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

What the Critics Say

"A moving, often humorous account of a life of faith lived to the fullest." (Booklist)

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    Donald Bullard 04-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Cardboard Cover Classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I cannot think of a soul who would not be encouraged or challenged by this title. Having both read and listened to Irresistible Revolution, both formats are worthy. Shane Claiborne speaks with passion about Christ, and the poor, and what a true follower must confront. As time passes, this volume still speaks to us and offers insight into the world Christ said we can have now.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Irresistible Revolution?

    Shane talks about being at Eastern, and how he first started to go out at night to be with the poor in Philly. It is balanced, honest, and completely wonderful, largely because he doesn't lead them story with it.


    What about Shane Claiborne’s performance did you like?

    It was authentic. Believable. Clear.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several times both taking on Scripture and our world today.


    Any additional comments?

    It can not be read without challenging. Part of Shane's charm is his Southern pride, worn well, but maybe a bit thick. Peace. Also he has a tendency to be a bit goofy when he presents barbs about things that conflict him. Zondervon presents some true conflict and he throws Somers cute jabs that sound bashful. Slight distractions that's add to something as earnest as it is powerful.

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    Chelsie Myers 02-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great insight to true Christianity"

    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.

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    William Eshelman Minnesota 02-18-16
    William Eshelman Minnesota 02-18-16
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    "Makes you think"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer SPRINGFIELD, IL, United States 03-19-13
    Amazon Customer SPRINGFIELD, IL, United States 03-19-13

    Tryin' my best to let Jesus HELP ME serve others... and walk faithfully in my relationship to His, and my, heavenly Father...

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    "Simple, genuine, and inspiring"
    Where does Irresistible Revolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It offers inspiration to a sold-out walk with Jesus


    What does Shane Claiborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the emotion of the ORIGINAL story teller; because he is :-P


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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!)


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    jeff Riverside, CA, United States 01-02-13
    jeff Riverside, CA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen!!"
    What did you love best about Irresistible Revolution?

    It was great to take a step to the side and examine what the American church has become and see what it could be


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    Nathan York, PA, United States 11-02-12
    Nathan York, PA, United States 11-02-12
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    "Unconventional perspective"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    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.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    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.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    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.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    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.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    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.

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    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 06-30-12
    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 06-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "My Step Daughter Recommended It"
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    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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    David Hopwood 05-06-12
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    "Great Book."
    Where does Irresistible Revolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About at the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Irresistible Revolution?

    The last chapter.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I needed to digest what was spoken.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a great book, both written and audio. Shane Claiborne has a few others that are pretty good as well.

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    Konrad Pembroke, Ontario, Canada 02-01-12
    Konrad Pembroke, Ontario, Canada 02-01-12
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    "A book you will need to share with others."
    Would you listen to Irresistible Revolution again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Irresistible Revolution to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Shane Claiborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any other of Shane's work.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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)

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    Hop 05-13-07
    Hop 05-13-07
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    "You've Got to Think about This Stuff!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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