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Postcards from Babylon: The Church in American Exile

Narrated by: Brian Zahnd
Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
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The original gospel proclamation that the Lord of the nations was a crucified Galilean raised from the dead and that salvation was found in vowing allegiance to Jesus of Nazareth unleashed a shock wave that turned the Roman Empire upside down. Early Christianity was subversive and dangerous - dangerous for Christians, and a threat to the keepers of the old order. 

Most of all Christianity was countercultural. But what about contemporary American Christianity? Is it the countercultural way of Jesus or merely a religious endorsement of Americanism? In his provocative audiobook, Postcards From Babylon, Brian Zahnd challenges the listener to see and embrace a daring Jesus-centered Christianity that can again turn the world upside down. 

"In a bold and daring articulation, Brian Zahnd has sketched a Theology of the Cross for our time and place in the United States of the 21st century. He does so in a way that deeply resonates with the primal claims of evangelical theology. He sees that the Gospel is inherently and inescapably countercultural because the God of the Gospel is in particular and passionate solidarity with the left behind." (Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary)

©2019 Brian H. Zahnd (P)2019 Brian H. Zahnd

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A must read! I've enjoyed all of Brian's books!

This book is a must read for American Christian's. Brian has a way of revealing biblical truth in a beautiful way. I love all of his books and look forward to more. He is a breath of fresh air and clarity in an America that is polluted with ugly politics.

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Hope for Babylonian Christians

This book let me know that I am not alone in exile. American culture has injured us gravely, but by Christ’s wounds we are healed. Only by following Jesus will we get out of this mess. Mr. Zahnd, I thank you for the postcards - send us more!

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An urgent read / listen for those truly wanting to follow Jesus!

I could not stop listening to this book once I started. I’m recommending it to my kids, my husband, my friends, and my church. Christianity has been hijacked and we aren’t even seeing it. This is a voice in the wilderness calling God’s people to come out of Babylon!

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Incredibly Relevant

This book is incredibly relevant amidst the convolution of empire and faith. Zahnd definitely gets it, and stands in succinct accordance with the message and revolution that was Jesus' kingdom. He outlines how it is all too easy to fall prey to the appeal of empires and their way to power; through violence. As Christians, we are called to be messengers for Christ's kingdom, not proponents of our political parties idealized world.
Fantastic read for our age, and a must for those seeking to see the truth that Jesus professed upon the world.

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Don’t shun the message because of the messenger!

From a theological standpoint, I think Brian is spot-on. I do, however, believe his message is so entangled with a critique and near animosity towards those who would call themselves political conservatives that the ones who could benefit from the message will shun the messenger and thus not hear it. Utilizing left-wing talking points, some having been proven untrue clouds the truth that he is trying to spread. I believe there is a way to proclaim this truth without being intentionally offensive to those who need to hear it. If the Apostle Paul has taken this approach on Mars Hill, I suspect the narrative of the outcome would be vastly different. I have this book in written form but finally had to get the audible version to finish it. Somewhat because of my own political leanings but mostly because of my work schedule. Audible just works better for me. I challenge EVERYONE who would shun the messenger to listen to the message and ignore the political barbs! Eat the meat and spit out the bones...so to speak.

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Brilliant Expose of American Babylonism

This book provided context to so much that is stirring in my life. Zahnd has hit the nail on the head; it is encouraging to read that there are voices of sanity in the USA church scene. The author has done a great job of contextualizes some key concepts of the message of Jesus. His analysis of much of the current American church scene is a beacon of hope. He shows that although challenging, it is possible & practical to follow Jesus in a society obsessed by consumerism, militarism & power. We need some more Postcards from Babylon.

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  • Robert
  • Youngstown, OH, United States
  • 03-27-19

I'm getting my money back.

Zahand cherry picks bible verses to twist meanings. Save your money. He's a false prophet.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-19

Life changing.

Thank you Brian for a fresh take on consumerism, power and the church. The Church needs to hear this message.