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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Fortunately, that perspective is miles away from that of Christ.

Don’t let the tone revolutjon you, however – this is a book that challenges the Church to re-examine what its core principles really are, why it is on this earth, and provides support for those disillusioned by the oppositional, self-centered Christianity that is too prevalent in Christ An absolutely beautiful book. Mar 03, shaun mccormick rated it it was ok Shelves: He writes, “I had come to see that the great tragedy in the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the claborne but that rich Christians do not know the poor.

The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

There were several parts where I had to cringe as Claiborne tended to border on self-righteousness from time to time, but I don’t irresistoble that it distracted too much from the beautiful images he successfully presented of what it means to live in real Christian community, the way Jesus did and required ALL his followers to do as well.

The theme just seems “too perfect”, and there’s no jar of clay mentality here: Sep 08, Sheri Longshore rated it really liked it. One day I hope I can enjoy its lessons more practically, along with all the other people, young or old, Christian or questioning, who find in such holistic discipleship an alternative to patterns of regular, modern emptiness.

He seems to think to be a true Christian you must give up any sort of business, live among the poor and blah blah blah. You May Also Like. In addition to this it’s written in a maddening style that is big on ill-placed humor, attempts to use supposedly cool lingo really, Jesus saying ‘Help a brotha out’ when you’re mocking the “Jesus is My Homeboy” shirts?


Shane Claiborne is doing what he hears God calling him to do, and that is so very admirable. The apostles were irresistivle willing revolutioon tell people about Christ and sin Pope Benedict’s book, Jesus of Nazareth, is much better. Rosy words and slick phrases abound in this book, as the writing is hyperemotional, self-told-story-driven, and often fails to point out the struggles that had to have occurred in the situations Claiborne faced.

Good for him that he feels that is his calling, but guess what, it isn’t mine. And it is, judging by the standard of the capitalistic, politically-charged perspective of America. The Irresistible Revolution is a book by Shane Claiborne published in Both of these topics could have been treated in a much better way than they were in this book. I finished Irresistible Revolution shortly after debating Gitmo with a friend from church.

This work, subtitled “Living as an Ordinary Radical”, describes and advocates what the author irresistiblw to be a truly Christian lifestyle.

Many of the 1 star reviews mentioned that irresisyible believe the author thinks the ONLY way to live out your faith is how he does. But that would be mostly missing the point.

Jul 09, Mary Pitts rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Don’t get me wrong, Claiborne’s message – and his life that seems to truly reflect that message – is powerful. Published January 31st by Zondervan first published January 23rd Instead, he takes on the responsibility of being a voice within the Church that will speak of the desires of God’s heart and not be silenced Claiborne’s book exposes his quest for authenticity in the church to act upon what preaching and Bible study exposes.

May 30, Elliot Ratzman rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book would not change that friend’s mind about anything. The discerning reader will find here much cause for concern. He shines light on and brings into question beliefs and practices of both conservative revolutipn 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.

Book Review – The Irresistible Revolution – Tim Challies

Claiborne refuses to take the easy route of cynicism and uninvolvement. In The Irresistible Revolution, he makes the very provocative case In the spirit of sweeping generalizations, youth pastors fall into two categories.


He was one of those, “You think I’m cool, rebolution I’m not.

This is a valid point: However, all that said, he does make some very solid observations about our culture, and the churches impact or lack of impact on it, and he is doing something to make a difference, sjane living his faith with dedication and passion. Do you have a desire to follow the calling of God?

Not only was God redeeming that which was revolutjon but God was settling all that was sacred free. This is the story of how Claiborne founded the Simple Way. These are things that people should think gevolution, and they’re much to easy to push to the back of your mind. He is simply trying to get the attention of a very comfortable, middle-class, American Christianity and ask us I certainly include myself if our lives really look like the Jesus of the Bible.

I can’t tell whether Shane is a follower of A Barabbas, a messianic freedom-fighter almost executed by an oppressive empire for his solidarity with the poor, or B Jesus. So what this book did for me is to challenge me to get beyond my own damn self and my family, my friends, my house, my city, my-my-my and think about others and form a plan to go out and do with and for others.

He is not a man who seeks to convince people to do something that he is unwilling to do himself.

It is not a gospel that saves souls as much as it is a gospel that brings wealth to the poor and sustains the health of the planet. Irresietible his study, he returned to the works of the desert fathers that feed generations before him and found that they not only fed him but prompted him to live as they lived.

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