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Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical | [Shane Claiborne]

Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

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. He lives among the homeless, helps local kids with homework, and tries to resurrect 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.
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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    LeaAnn Hoppe 05-13-07 Member Since 2007
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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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    Amazon Customer Burnaby, BC, Canada 10-17-11
    Amazon Customer Burnaby, BC, Canada 10-17-11
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    "An extreme idialist"

    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

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vin Salem, OR, USA 11-24-08
    Vin Salem, OR, USA 11-24-08
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    "Couldn't Get Through It..."

    I got to Chapter 6 and I had to stop. It seemed like more of a social/political book. I understand his desire to read his book himself, but his voice was very hard to listen to. I wouldn't recommend this book.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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