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Publisher's Summary

There is a church not too far from us that recently added a $25 million addition to their building. Our local newspaper ran a front-page story not too long ago about a study revealing that one in five people in our city lives in poverty. This is a book about those two numbers.

It's a book about faith and fear, wealth and war, poverty, power, safety, terror, Bibles, bombs, and homeland insecurity. It's about empty empires and the truth that everybody's a priest, it's about oppression, occupation, and what happens when Christians support, animate, and participate in the very things Jesus came to set people free from. It's about what it means to be a part of the church of Jesus in a world where some people fly planes into buildings, while others pick up groceries in Hummers.

©2008 Rob bell and Don Golden (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Purpose of the Church

What did you love best about Jesus Wants to Save Christians?

Towards the end of the book, Bell addresses and defines the Eucharist. This interpretation is one I have never heard. I find his investigation deep, enlightening, and challenging. He also gives an awesome definition of the Church and how believers should respond as both a part of the community and as an individual. Bell does a great job summing up what following Christ is all about and in readdressing what "Christianity" should look like. His pithy comments also help move the book along.

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  • A. Curtis
  • santa barbara, ca United States
  • 01-24-18

Not as awesome as other Rob Bell books

This is full of scriptures and Christianeese language which is a bit different for those used to Rob Bell books. The references to Bible passages might go right over the head of someone who hasn’t studied the Bible at all. It is worded in a way that the elders in my church would appreciate, but if I may speak for millions of people: my generation of Christians is ready to hear it straight.

I feel like this book dances around a lot of really great concepts but it doesn’t have the courage to really challenge the reader. Although, some of this book will offend older Christians and perhaps challenge some of their hard fought ideas, for others it will reads as a wordy sermon.

Of course I’m saying this years after it was written - and it might have been super relevant closer to the era of George W Bush’s “Christianity” and initial war with Iraq.

I did really love the “new exodus” concept, the “me too” sermon, and the idea of Solomon turning out to be a lot like Pharaoh.

I’d like to see this book re-hashed and more daring. Perhaps it could be called “Jesus vs. Empire” because that was the strongest message in the book imo.

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Another liberating, inspiring, illuminating read

Chewing on it still. Such a prescient book for.our times. So well constructed and grounded in sound theology. Wish the chirch would hear it...but perhaps it has and the rest are just busy with their bricks and temples and walls.

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The Church

Great insight into the church and its role in the world. A great narration too.

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Listen with your bones ... With the depth of your soul

This revealing look at the human condition shines light where darkness has reigned since human life began.

The message will inform your understanding, align beautifully with your personal experience and liberate your future. If you decide to listen with your bones ... With the depths of your soul.

Amen!

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A great story told a new way

I liked it and for me it was thought provoking. Some will find it too liberal. But I was looking for a new view of what the church could be. Two thumbs up!!

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  • James
  • Knoxville, TN, United States
  • 01-29-13

Christian Apologetics meets Liberation Theology

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The Apologetics of the book are a bit exhausting, in that Rob & Don bend over backwards to show how everything in the meta-narrative of the Bible fits together pretty seamlessly. The refreshing take is that they're building a hybrid of modern Evangelicalism with Gustavo Gutierrez (and who would ever have expected that?). Seeing the Exodus as the central lens of interpretation for Christ makes liberation more important than sacrificial atonement, and that's remarkable for many, many Christians.

I enjoyed the conversational presentation, and the manner in which they make some deep thoughts very accessible.

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Together

I love the unity that this book begs for! It showed me what and who is my enemy to love.