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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (1 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310275636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310275633
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Debs Gardner-Paterson on 16 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in the last stages of the Obama/McCain election, and was profoundly relieved by what it had to say in the context of the religious debates that were going on at that time. I am not American, but spent some time in the States just prior to that, and was really affected by the polarization of views between my 'liberal' and 'religious' friends there.

As a result of personal experience and philosophical conception, I have little doubt that my relational faith in God, Jesus & the Holy Spirit is both rational and real - a genuine part of my day-to-day 'human-ness', as well as aspiring hopes & ideals. That said, I am often knocked for six by the experience of Christians who seem to me to display close-mindedness to the point of bigotry and judgementalism which preaches devastating hatred rather than *unconditional* love. It often feels like moral high-ground can be taken over issues, which - if thought through - actually contradict their conceptual basis, and this is hard to deal with. Particularly when we live in a time of - in many ways - broad humility and spiritual interest amidst religious distrust.

'Jesus wants to save Christians' was a genuine relief and encouragement to read. Intelligent, honest, heart-felt, constructive, Biblical, real, and a boot up the backside. It pulls no punches on the 'calling' facing people who try to live in relationship with God and the real world - but is tremendously empowering (both theologically and generally) for those who believe that a life's art is in facilitating the beauty of other people, rather than a shiny new church roof. I am nervous of big churches and success stories because of seeing so many go bad, but I have to say I am impressed and inspired by these guys - their lives seem to bear out their words, and their words are those of people who seek, who have studied deep, and who believe that God can and will collaborate with people to contagiously affect the world for good.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By freedomrulesok on 2 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
Sub-titled, 'A Manifesto for the Church in Exile', this is Rob Bell at his best.

Using the story of the Israelites and their journey from Egypt (in slavery) to Sinai (how to live in freedom) to Jerusalem (how they failed) to Babylon (the consequences), Bell begins to outline how we as Christians, and the church, should live in this world and seek to change the world for the better.

This is not about empire building, such as some Christians (particularly in the US think) but being people of change within the empire, like Jesus, and seeking to bring change from within.

It's challenging and written in Bell's refreshing style (often one sentence paragraphs!) and I found it is exactly the sort of 'manifesto' for describing what type of Christian we are to be, and what the church should be like, and should be doing (caring for the poor, fighting injustice, introducing people to Jesus).

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lamb chop on 18 Oct. 2010
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I could not put this book down. it is very easy to read in true Rob Bell style - full of memorable one liners. It provides an informative sweep o f the entire Bible, relating God's overall purpose for His church to the current situation in the world. The author draws some very sensitive political conclusions and challenges Christians to really stand up and make the difference they were freed to make. Excellent!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Chidley on 27 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
As some of the other reviewers have hinted, this is excellent material but very short. The word count per page is low to the point that if the words were ordinarily spaced, it would be a pamphlet rather than a book. The designer really had his work cut out making it book-length. It is a very good message, but I felt a bit cheated that there wasn't more to enjoy. If Rob Bell wants to stay on top of his game, he may have to consider doing fewer projects but each better.
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