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.
- Life Altering
I don't see how anyone could read this book without having it change your life. The author may not always be right, but he is never boring. Read it in a small group and discuss it.
- Fantastic read
This book is a breath of fresh air, Shane is very easy to listen o and he draws you in with each chapter. This is inspirational and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.
- Listen, don't read this
I read this as an audio book, and I think that is the way that you should read all of Shane Claiborne (and Rob Bell’s and most of Eugene Peterson’s) works. They are such conversational writers that their writing doesn’t always flow right if it is not read. Even better if by the author.
Many people will not like or agree with what Shane says or does, but I think that there are very few people that are actually trying to live a radical Christianity like Shane is. I put him in the category of St Francis of Assisi. Many people thought he was nuts too, but he did more for the long term health of the church than almost any other human. Shane will not have the kind of impact, but that doesn’t keep him from trying.
Also, after reading several other’s reviews around the web I think that the main issue that people seem to have is with his economics. People keep charging that he is forcing people to redistribute money to the poor. He is not, he is suggesting that we give it away and by definition, giving it away is not forcing. You may be shamed that you are not giving, so give when you prefer not to, but that is not being forced either. One reviewer actually compared him to Stalin. But I should just ignore that.
Originally published on the http://bookwi.se blog
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one of the best books i've ever read