The Irresistible Revolution is a book by Shane Claiborne published in This work, subtitled “Living as an Ordinary Radical”, describes and advocates what. Shane Claiborne, the author of The Irresistible Revolution, is a man of great moral clarity and bravery. He not only espouses and evangelizes. Love him or hate him, it is tough to accuse Shane Claiborne of being an armchair quarterback. He is not a man who seeks to convince people.
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Living as an Ordinary RadicalMany of us find ourselves caught somewhere between unbelieving activists and inactive believers. In this book, Shane Claiborne describes an authentic faith rooted in belie Living as an Ordinary RadicalMany of us find ourselves caught somewhere between unbelieving activists and inactive believers.
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. His is a vision for ordinary radicals ready to change the world with little acts of love. Paperbackpages. Published January 31st by Zondervan first published January 23rd To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Irresistible Revolutionplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Irresistible Revolution. Lists with This Book. Jan 11, Lisa rated it it was ok. In the spirit of sweeping generalizations, youth pastors fall into two categories. The first is the middle aged man who excitedly pumps students up with pizza parties and all-night lock-ins.
Then there are the too-cool-for-cool ones. The youth pastor at my church fell into the second category. He was one of those, “You think I’m cool, but I’m not.
Because only, Jesus, man. In The Irresistible Revolution, he makes the very provocative case In the spirit of sweeping generalizations, youth pastors fall into two categories. In The Irresistible Revolution, he makes the very provocative case that the only possible life for a real Christian to follow is to sell all of one’s possessions and work for the widow, the orphan, the poor, the oppressed.
Unfortunately, his book screws it all up. Don’t get me wrong, Claiborne’s message – and his life that seems to truly reflect that message – is powerful. Jesus said to care for those who need care, and Claiborne took the call to heart: First, and this is the least of my complaints, Claiborne gives no practical advice to how to cross race and class lines in an intentional community, aside from “love each other.
And what about when you have to hold down a 9-to-5 in order to make rent, something he doesn’t have to worry about? Claiborne could have left out the chapters that aimed to legitimize all the things that go exactly against what he claims to stand for – namely, being a middle class Christian consumer who goes to church on Sundays, prays at the dinner table, and donates clothes to the Salvation Army. He could have said, when Zondervan and Jim Wallis apparently begged him relentlessly to write the damn thing, “Fine, I’ll do it.
But I’m not compromising the message, you’re not putting my picture on the cover, and you’re not going to package it to be the next cool book on the social justice conservative college student bookshelf. But they, along with the too-cool-for-mainstream-culture “duct-taped” “cardboard” cover and the “dude, man” rhetoric, are clearly just cogs in the consumerist machine.
View all 16 comments. Jan 12, Dave Johnson rated it did not like it. At first, I liked this book.
I actually recommended it to a friend. Ignoring the first forty-something pages full of prefaces, forwards, dedications, and author’s notes which really tried my patienceI thought that the author started off by making good points.
Then all the crap came out. First, this guy has a big problem with authority.
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Being irresisible who is a self-professed follower of Jesus, he should be more submissive to authority. And it’s not just police or the president although his at At first, I liked this book. And it’s not just police or the president although his attitude toward those is sickening ; his general attitude toward any form of governing order, and just general attitude toward any normal person that doesn’t act like he does is horrendous.
Most of this book isn’t really about Jesus at all. It’s more about his political beliefs about police, America, Americans, the middle class, upper class, the war on terror, the war in Iraq, voting, and probably a lot of other things that i cant remember. Claiborne doesn’t have to believe what I believe. But if you want to start a revolution, you don’t start it by demeaning everyone who reads the book.
You don’t go out and say that being poor is what God really wants for people–because it’s not. He clearly has a warped interpretation of many things that the Bible talks about.
But once he got on his soap box and just wrote the rest of the book as a rant against people, that’s when his misquotations of scripture became too much. It was SO awful that I couldn’t bear reading it anymore. If you want a terrible book about personal politics, anti-war sentiment, and misuses of the word of God, then buy it. It wont help you, but it will feed your ignorance.
View all 10 comments. Jul 10, Jud rated it liked it. The Irresistible Revolution is a book written from a place of love by someone who has put his love into action, and as such, I would recommend it to anyone who can read around its sometimes glaring flaws to find the challenging truths that make up the bulk of the book.
Claiborne writes with humor, kindness, and humility. He challenges the status quo of American Christianity, calling us to love the poor. He shines light on and brings into question beliefs and practices of both conservative and lib The Irresistible Revolution is a book written from a place of love by someone who has put his love into action, and as such, I would recommend it to anyone who can read around its sometimes glaring flaws to find the challenging truths that make up the bulk of the book.
He shines light on and brings into question beliefs and practices of both conservative and liberal Christians. Above all, he challenges all of us to know the poor. He writes, “I had come to see that the great tragedy in the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor.
And when the rich meet the poor, we will see poverty come to an end. The problems come when Claiborne misuses Scripture to make valid points. The point is valid and he could have simply relied on Acts These instances of scriptural manhandling are not numerous, but they stick out like the Crystal Cathedral and will probably lead many readers to completely dismiss Claiborne.
The end product, though, is a challenging, convicting work that needs to be read. Mar 26, Stephanie Orefice rated it really liked it. A year or so ago my friend recommended this book to me. I came to this page and read the 5 star and 1 star reviews, and because of the 1 star reviews wrote it off as one-sided and an attempt to convert people to a new way of thinking. Many of the 1 star reviews mentioned that they believe the author thinks the ONLY way to live out your faith is how he does.
I’m not interested in someone getting my attention just to persuade me I’m wrong. A few weeks ago Shane was in town so I went with some frien A year or so ago my friend recommended this book to me.
A few weeks ago Shane was in town so I went with some friends to hear him speak. He addressed the idea that not everybody is called to being an ordinary radical in the same way.
One young man said that after reading the book he and his wife moved into innercity housing, like the author, and was trying to create community. The response was “love your wife. Having just finished it, I decided to leave my own review. This book is moving and inspiring and opens your eyes to the reality of the world. He addresses MANY different kinds of injustices and how he and his friends have responded to them, but instead of just calling the reader to imitate that and do the exact same thing, I believe the point of it is to spark the imagination of the reader to consider their gifts, passions, resources, skills, and situations and how to best respond to the injustices of their daily life in a way that is glorifying to our Lord.
Aug 27, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: It is the simple everyday story of a spiritual quest. The author as he grows older takes part in a number of churches including at one point spending time with Mother Teresa in India, attending services and getting involved, each is insufficient in some way so eventually he ends up living the most Christian as in true to the life that Jesus and the Apostles led in the Gospels as he can.
Founding a new church, or a mega-church isn’t newapart from the suspicion that Elmer Gantry ism might be involved, it is a fairly typical story of the same old approach but with a novel twist or two. However the aspiration to a completely Christian lifestyle – trying to live communally and without money while acting in the wider community took me back to the religious impulse that we associate with St. Francis and more with lay movements like the Beghards.
Whether of course this type of movement can thrive and establish itself in the religious and secular environment of the contemporary USA is of course another question.
Of course I was interested in what his family made of all this, he must have come from at least a conventionally religious background and his constant searching for a ‘purer’ form of Christianity strikes me as implicitly a criticism of anyone else’s practise, but of course this is his account of his own journey.
It does also strike me that to have a higher education in the USA, move from one denomination to another, work for various Church organisations and give up all your possessions you have to relatively well-heeled, I suppose very well to do by global standards in the first place.
That too I suppose is another similarity with St. I’m sure that somewhere something witty has been written about the fine spiritual attractions of poverty to the wealthy.
The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne
But it does please me to read about the same tension between a life in the world and a life in line with that in the Gospels that has reoccurred throughout the history of Christianity in different ways in different times and places. The cover is pretty irritating though. View all 5 comments.
Jul 09, Mary Pitts rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I got through half this book.