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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801013437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801013430
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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It's time to get serious about discipleship

In this provocative and compelling book, internationally known missiologists Alan and Debra Hirsch cast a dynamic vision of mission-shaped discipleship. Untamed exposes the idolatrous clutter that fills our lives and seeks to recapture what it means to be authentic followers of Jesus. Each chapter ends with suggested practices to help you start living out the book's principles, as well as questions for group discussion.
"A desperately needed shot of spiritual adrenaline into our mild-mannered and mediocre attempts at following Christ."--from the foreword by Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life
"You may find yourself uncomfortable with this book. If so, the Hirsches have succeeded. . . . It is a call to live a life that has stories to tell . . . to be untamed in your faith and in pursuit of the wild Savior, Jesus."--from the afterword by Neil Cole, author of Organic Leadership
"This dynamic duo gives prophetic voice to what it means to become missional, outwardly-focused followers of Jesus. This is a book to be read and wrestled with."--Margaret Feinberg,; author of Scouting the Divine and The Organic God
"Alan and Debra Hirsch are prophets to a church imprisoned by domesticated, consumer values. Untamed is a vision of life with Jesus that goes beyond what other authors have covered."--Skye Jethani, author of The Divine Commodity; managing editor of Leadership Journal
"Refreshing, grounded, thoughtful . . . tantalizing."--Reggie McNeal, missional specialist, Leadership Network, Dallas, Texas; author of The Present Future and Missional Renaissance
"The demand for an intelligible path toward discipleship is one of the greatest needs of the post-Christendom church. In Untamed, Alan and Debra deliver beautifully." --Gabe Lyons, founder of Q and co-founder of Catalyst; coauthor of unChristian
"A captivating vision of the true Messiah. All who are unsatisfied with the boring safety of their tame Christianity need to read this book!" --Greg Boyd, senior pastor, Woodland Hills Church, St. Paul, Minnesota; author of Seeing Is Believing and Repenting of Religion
"Untamed is like Where the Wild Things Are applied to faith. The Hirsches encourage us to live life as a holy, messy adventure in the land of a loving God."--Sally Morgenthaler, author of Worship Evangelism and "Leadership in a Flattened World" in An Emergent Manifesto of Hope
"Untamed . . . is the fruit of a significant and penetrating analysis of American culture, candid conversations with key ministry leaders all over the U.S., and sheer gumption in holding up a flag for a radical, uncompromising discipleship. Untamed is the best book I have read this year."--Andrew Jones, developer, Church Mission Society;
Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and co-founder of Shapevine. He is the author of The Forgotten Ways and The Forgotten Ways Handbook.
Debra Hirsch is a minister at Tribe of Los Angeles, an eclectic bunch of Missional artists and vagabonds in downtown L.A. She is also on the leadership team of Christian Associates International, a church-planting agency working on three continents.

About the Author

Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps meg

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I found this book very useful for the recent Bishop's Certificate in Discipleship I recently took part in. A very useful and informative book
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"Untamed" by Alan & Deb Hirsch, if it was coffee would be a double espresso made from dark roasted arabica beans. Its a passionate protest against the decaffinated discipleship that passes for Christianity in much of the West. Buy a copy but don't read it at night it will keep you awake!
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Not finished it yet but it has certainly given me plenty to think about. A bit long winded at times but a real help in thinking about how we do church.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disciple everyone, not just Christians 12 Nov. 2014
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This book provides thought-provoking ideas I have never heard from the pulpit on how Christians should be making disciples. Megachurch leader Bill Hybels says on page 110 "Willowcreek has grown Christ followers but NOT disciples." The authors define discipleship on page 249 as "the process of increasingly becoming like Jesus."

My key takeaways from this book are:
1. Social rejects loved Jesus yet they do reject us today and vice-versa.
2. Disciples tithe to the Lord while "customers" simply pay for services. If a pastor stops preaching, money will fall because of the latter.
3. To become effective New Testament churches, the authors on pages 143-146 recommend (a) de-professionalize ministry; (b) adopt APEST; and (c) engage women.
4. We are supposed to disciple everyone, not just Christians. The Twelve Disciples were pre-conversion disciples.
5. How did Jesus hang out in a neighborhood for 30 years yet few people noticed He was God, even his twelve disciples?
6. We don't bring God into a situation. He's already there. Instead we need to involve ourselves in the work He is doing.
7. Tame disciples form tame churches. Adventuresome disciples form untamed churches. Page 254 says "A wild goose can be tamed but rarely does a tame goose become wild again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 3 Mar. 2014
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Pretty much anything Alan Hirsch produces is worth reading but this is by far my favorite book so far. I have given this book to many of the leaders in our church to challenge how we think about discipleship and I have been greatly encouraged by their responses. Many have told me that much of this resonates with their own hearts and has deeply challenged them to see discipleship as a lifestyle rather than a program.

The Hirschs keep it simple and practical and the language is more accessible than Forgotten Ways. To top it all off, there are even pictures...well, stick figure drawings...but that makes it an easier sell to lay readers. Highly recommend. This is a definite must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Addition 27 April 2011
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I have always felt that once a author writes one or two books, the goodness of the material declines. This is because mostly the author uses his best ideas first, and the following books are not the fresh or original. Fortunately, it seems with Hirsch that he continues to think well in producing new material for the missional church. This book deals with discipleship in the missional church, and once again he does an excellent job of flushing this concept out. It is a practical book as well as a well written one. He seems to zone in on the major issues of Christianity within this present age without being too negative about the existing church. You can tell that he has even grow in his faith as you journey through his books. He does an excellent job of rooting discipleship in the Trinity, though he apologies for this section because of the deeper nature of it, but nevertheless within it the book is theory instead of theology. He does a good job of dealing with some of the major issues within the culture like idols and sexuality. Of course one will not agree with all the Alan states, but this book is a worthy addition to the missional conversation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars each read gets better 21 Nov. 2014
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This is my third reading of this book — this time, out loud with my wife. We have both been impacted by this in a great way and are living as though we believe it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: This book will change the way you view your life and your relationship with God 21 Dec. 2010
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Amazing book, I highly recommend it. This book makes you examine how well you are being a representative of God. It will step on your feet and make you uncomfortable, but in a good way. It makes you think about your relationship with your Heavenly Father and how you should become a "little Jesus". As Christians in the western world, we need to step back and really examine our lives. Are we going through our life so that we can fulfill our desires of that American Dream, or are we living for Christ, and trying to glorify God in all that we do. All to easy we are sucked into this world. This world is not permanent, we need to live every second of our lives on this earth as if it is our last and just glorify our God. This book shows that glorifying God and having a missional mind frame comes in many different shapes and sizes. You do not have to travel over seas to use the lessons and ideas of missional discipleship. This book is just as prevalent for the average joe at home as it is to the missionary in some jungle. Unfortunately it took this book to help me change the way I go about my life in a missional way. Great book that just supports what Jesus preached in the bible.
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