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Shane Claiborne
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  • Publisher: Zondervan; Unabridged edition (30 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310276675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310276678
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 15.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,388,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many of us find ourselves caught somewhere between unbelieving activists and inactive believers. We can write a check to feed starving children or hold signs in the streets and feel like we've made a difference without ever encountering the faces of the suffering masses. 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. Shane's faith led him to dress the wounds of lepers with Mother Teresa, visit families in Iraq amidst bombings, and dump $10,000 in coins and bills on Wall Street to redistribute wealth. Shane lives out this revolution each day in his local neighborhood, an impoverished community in North Philadelphia, by living among the homeless, helping local kids with homework, and "practicing resurrection" in the forgotten places of our world. Shane's message will comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable...but will also invite us into an irresistible revolution. His is a vision for ordinary radicals ready to change the world with little acts of love. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the gospel? 23 Feb 2008
I should say at the outset, I think I'm out on a limb here. Everyone else seems to raving about this book. But I'm not so sure.

First, the good stuff. I think Shane Claiborne (SC) writes boldly and strikingly about various topics. Much of the book is a wake-up call for those who have got used to dull, timid, worldly, 'big', Christianity. He is immensely quotable: "Most of the time when I see Christian superstars like Jerry Falwell or Al Sharpton, I feel I'm watching professional wrestling. There's a lot of shouting and sweating, but the people seem too superhuman, and I'm not convinced all the moves are real." (p27)
He has some excellent material on the value of singleness. (p109-111) That's humbled me, and reminded me that I need to try to promote that in a Biblical way. Then there's some good stuff about the worthlessness of "cool": "...we must be either hot or cold, because if we are lukewarm (an old-school way of saying "cool"), we will be spit out of God's mouth"! (p230) There are lots of other helpful areas too, mostly only a few pages at a time.
He has lots of great stories, many of which would be excellent sermon-illustration material!

Now the bad stuff:
1) It's *very* Ameri-centric. Big chunks of the book are spent critiquing the Christian Right. Most of that didn't resonate with my experience of the Church in the UK. We don't do flags on the platform, singing anthems, rallying our troups into war or party politics. All that felt a bit meaningless to me as a Brit - who am I to criticise Christians living in another country and culture?

2) Because it's the experiences of a single guy, living in community, doing some wild and crazy things, I just don't see how much of what he says relates to me. I mean, I have a wife and 3 kids.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 8 Jan 2008
While I enjoyed reading this book and found it morally challenging, I thought that Claiborne's theology flip-flops too much. I feel he is trying too hard to, as he would put it, neither be a 'liberal' or 'conservative.' The result is a theology that doesn't, at least in my analysis, completely successfully hold together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious about being the change you want to see ? 8 July 2008
By Jeremy Bevan TOP 500 REVIEWER
One of the most powerful and engaging autobiographical works from a `frontline' Christian activist I've read in a long time. It's impossible not to like Shane Claiborne, whose infectious love for Jesus and total commitment to bringing his love to all, whether North Philadelphia's poor or the bombed citizens of Iraq, is plain to see. Claiborne is someone all Christians (and others) could learn from for sheer breadth of sympathy across the Christian traditions, sense of vocation, and depth of theological understanding blended with sassy political commitment to bringing about change. A must-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really inspiring 28 Aug 2006
I bought this book on a whim having never heard of Shane Claiborne or his book. Seeing the review from Rob Bell on the back sparked my interest and this book follows the same style as his 'Velvet Elvis' which I adore. The book is full of testimony and challenges all backed up by the Bible. Claiborne has had some incredible experiences with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and churches in Iraq. He lives a really interesting life in a community house based on the principles of 'the simple way.' I read the whole thing in 2 days and underlined the majority of it. It is really inspiring and has caused me to question many of my lifestyle choices. I would really recommend this to anyone who is looking to be challenged, it you like Rob Bell or Donald Miller you'll love this book!
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A radical and challenging read 3 Sep 2006
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Shane Claiborne is a radical Christian who wanted a more authentic style of living his faith. He spent time with Mother Theresa in India, Iraq and protesting in his home country, the USA, trying to challenge injustice and bringing 'community' into being. He lives in community.

This book details some of his journey linking it to what he has learnt, his ideal of community and Jesus. It covers areas from materialism, the 'poor',politics,Iraq, recycling, and all in the context of community. The style of the book is not academic but it is well written and flows well. His argument is well written.

I found this book an excellent read - not comfortable but very challenging. I have read similar authors like the excellent Jim Wallis but this is the most challenging - it actually got me wanting to live this lifestyle and thinking how I could put it into practice.

The author does not come across as an armchair philosopher but a genuine radical who you can't ignore if you are interested in Faith and Community.

Julian from Norwich
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Shane Claiborne has found a different Jesus in the gospels than the mainstream church. He's found a Jesus who is homeless, a friend of the poor, who rails against authority and undermines the empire, who tells a rich man to sell everything he owns and give the money away. This is Claiborne's model, and he has done his best to find it, live it and prove such a life is possible.

The book follows his journey, from the disillusionment with the church of his youth, and the ambitious and wealthy `megachurches' where he trained. He talks about how he came to bond with the poor in Philadelphia, and then travelled to Calcutta to see if Mother Theresa offered a better demonstration of Christ than the ones around him. He visits Iraq in the middle of the war, testing Jesus' call to be a peacemaker. He helps stage a `re-distribution' on Wall Street and heckles George W Bush at the Republican conference. He is, in his own words, an `ordinary radical' - radically different, but rooted in real people and real situations.

Claiborne rejects the idea that Christianity has nothing more to offer than some distant and otherworldly heaven. It's a great reminder that the church is a missionary agency: we're meant to go to the poor and the hungry, not wait for them to come to us. There's loads of good stuff about power, simplicity, and community, that's worth coming back to. It's a call to reckless generosity and selfless love in a world of "big beasts and little prophets." It is hopeful, expectant, uncompromising.

'The Irresistable Revolution'is a provocative book, raising more issues than it answers. That's not an approach that everyone will appreciate, but for those ready to ask difficult questions of themselves and their faith, this is a challenge you'll want to take seriously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a journey
Great book. Tricky read. Only get it if you want a challenge. Go for it.
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Published 2 months ago by Steven M Wallis
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Buy it. Buy it. Buy it! Claiborne writes an amazing book and all the profits he makes from the book go to charities and good causes around the world.
Published 5 months ago by Kerry C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic Christianity
Shane Claiborne endeavours to distinguish between 'cosey' Christianity and Christianity of a more radical kind. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rev. T. J. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound
The simple life, explained so simply, yet the impact of the words within this book is so deep I think I am changed forever. Read more
Published 10 months ago by lizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Say what..?
My mind is still boggling at Jon Mason's review. And here's why.

I'm new to the church and which church I go to doesn't really matter. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Richard Pendleton
4.0 out of 5 stars what a Resource!
Quite apart from the interesting short anecdotal stories contained within, this has such a rich vein of references and 'links' it will take agesto investigate them all. Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. D. Rowden
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound and moving
This is a profound and moving book about Christianity and how the church and individual Christians like me should be. It is both and inspiring and challenging book.
Published 17 months ago by Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars it really is the irresistible revolution !
the most challenging and reassuring book I have ever read, do I really believe what Jesus said, and if so am I living His irresistible revolution ? Read more
Published 22 months ago by sharynh
5.0 out of 5 stars A book about the sort of Christianity the world is waiting to see
In a world where Christianity has in the grand scheme of things brought much discredit to its founder, Shane brings a message to the church and to the world pointing us back in the... Read more
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