Selling Water by the River Paperback – 11 Oct 2012
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It's a rare feat for a work to keep teaching and informing and blowing your mind, page after page after page. Shane Hipps has the extraordinary ability to articulate, explain, and educate. (Rob Bell)
This book is a masterful exposé of our media-saturated world and its hidden influence. But it also contains the seeds of a creative response that could change everything. Shane Hipps points us toward a hidden path out of the media maze that we can't afford to miss. (Andy Crouch, author of Culture Making on Flickering Pixels)
Shane Hipps pulls back the curtain on technology, exposing the subconcious influences that wreak havoc on our existence. It's brilliant, eye-opening, and a must-read for any thoughtful person pursuing a countercultural life in the digital age. (Gabe Lyons, coauthor of UnChristian on Flickering Pixels)
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I thought it would be about church (god is the river, "christian institutions" are the people who bottle the water) but it's not. That is a metaphor the author uses, but instead of focusing on those bottling the water, he instead chooses to talk about the river and how it is accessible to everyone. Jesus even told his enemies (Pharisees) when they asked where the kingdom of heaven was that it was within them! (Luke 17:20-21)
There are lots of metaphors, lots of stuff which helps those of us in post-evangelicalism trying to discard those beliefs we held which were not historically valid, those beliefs which were based on fear/worry etc. To be sure, it is a popular work written to be very accessible, so he does not go into those particular issues, but the "Christianity" which he presents, my life experiences and my studies have no problems with.
If you are an evangelical, you may read this and disagree with a lot of it. Shane hipps and rob bell are/were buddies. Based on my understanding they fit together in the same camp. As with rob bell, this is written with a lot of the questions evangelicals would pose in mind, so if you are alien to the evangelical culture there may be a bit of disconnect between what's written and what you are wondering about.
I've had a hard time calling myself a Christian lately, but this book presents a vision that I believe reflects what Jesus intended which is likely not concerned with a label such as "Christian" at all... *I reserve the right to change my opinion!
with this book, Seth joins a roster of new and fresh and astonishing voices (Rob Bell, Peter Rollins, Cynthia Bourgeault, Ilia Delio, James Alison, Catherine Keller, Richard Rohr, etc) whose writings are not only clearing the clutter in the boat that is the stalled christian religion, but also are providing better navigating skills, so that the vessel is lighter and swifter and able to enter A Truly New Course towards territories yet to be discovered.
Seth's exposition of Jesus's first miracle is emblematic of his whole book.
here's Jesus at a wedding party that has been going strong for six days; lots of drinking has taken place already.
AND Jesus goes off with his miracle in a way that is so subversive and delightful, that even today, most believers fail to recognize its world-upside-down message: he helps keep the buzz going extravagantly by turning the water in the SIX BIG JARS, filled to the brim; not asking that they fill the smaller ones meant to hold wine.
BUT it gets better, these big jars held the water for Ritual Cleansing.
which can only direct our attention that in HIM, there's a new way to do that, one that we've been too slow and too cautious to follow its resonance all the way through; out of the numerous interpretation of this outrageous act, it might mean that the way out of our world and into his world is both difficult and enigmatic but it MUST include ecstatic delight, or it is not his way at all!.
Pros Written with very short chapters and was easy to read
I am so very thankful for that experience ... It allowed us to discover our thirst for the Living Water, without the constraints of church politics ... Thank you Shane Hipps for putting it all into such beautiful words!
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