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For so many, the Christian faith is viewed as little more than a drug that enables the weak to escape reality. An opiate that helps its users to avoid facing the injustice of the world and making a stand against it. In short, the Christian faith is perceived to be a counter-revolutionary ideology that keeps people passive, infantile, and ineffectual.

In contrast, Peter Rollins has crafted a series of parables that shatter this popular perception. Parables that demonstrate how radical faith has never been concerned with escaping the world we inhabit but rather with engaging it more fully. That genuine Christian faith has never capitulated to injustice but rather fought against it at every turn.

These parables outline a non-religious approach to a subversive message of Christianity, one that is not concerned with questions regarding theism and atheism, but rather one that invites us into a different way of living in the world.

©2008 Paraclete Press (P)2013 Peter Rollins

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For any Christian that battles with themselves or others owe it to themselves to read this book. This is a deep book that gives you no choice but to observe yourself. Great book. Thank you Mr. Rollins!

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I really appreciated this book.

I devoured this book quickly. I listened to it on Audible while driving, so I’m not sure stopping it after each chapter made sense for me. After finishing it, I immediately ordered two copies- one for me and one for someone for whom I care deeply. I will now read it a chapter at a time to consider what each has to offer.

There are many reasons to read a book like this. I am a person of the Christian faith and read this in hopes it would challenge, deepen, and take my faith to more meaningful places. It did. Rollins plays with stories we have heard, even Biblical stories, and adapts some of them in ways which help us see some deeper truths we may not have considered before.

I feel that for the stories to have the most effect on the reader, he/she will need to allow the story to affect them. At least that’s how it was for me. I read hoping to consider something new, and most of the time I was not let down.

So read, reflect, ponder, and most importantly ACT on what you read.

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  • lozer
  • cincinnati ohio
  • 01-02-17

challenging and intriguing

i love his stories and he challenges my traditional ideas of the Christian faith. some of the stories will speak to you deeply depending on where you are on your journey.

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  • Michael
  • 10-04-16

Poetic and Important

Peter Rollins has tapped into the mystical genre of parable to articulate 33 incredibly nuanced and relatable tenets of faith.

From theodicy, heresy and infidelity to love, hope and sacrifice, Rollins leads the listener to unique alternate worlds where one can entertain hypotheticals that have real world implications.

These parables will be so important for so many.