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Untamed

Author Alan Hirsch & Debra Hirsch
Narrator Adam Verner
Runtime 7.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date December 16, 2009
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Discipleship is costly. Are we willing to critique and even challenge much we've been taught for the sake of the kingdom? For this is the radical nature of the discipleship to which Jesus calls us. He did not allow the outside culture to hold him captive; instead he established the kingdom of God and turned the world on its head.
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Discipleship is costly. Are we willing to critique and even challenge much we've been taught for the sake of the kingdom? For this is the radical nature of the discipleship to which Jesus calls us. He did not allow the outside culture to hold him captive; instead he established the kingdom of God and turned the world on its head.

Jesus was untamed, and he calls his church to be the same. In this provocative and compelling book, internationally known missiologists Alan and Debra Hirsch overthrow culturized understandings of theology and culture, and cast a vision for a distinctly mission-shaped way of living the Christian life. Written for any Christian serious about issue of discipleship, Untamed covers such topics as church, humans as bearers of the image of God, family life, culture, and sexuality.

Through it all they seek to answer the question, how are we to think and live day to day as followers of Jesus? Each chapter ends with suggested practices to help readers begin to live out the book's principles as well as questions for group discussion.

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Shocking, and not in a good way
Some of the things I liked about “Untamed” was the Discussion Starters at the end of each chapter. I admire the authors reaching out to those that, unfortunately, many Christians shy away from: gay, transgendered, those immersed in sexual sins. They have been in that situation and they use their testimonies to offer hope for those involved in those sins.
Despite the positive, there were so many things with which I disagreed. First of all, the book starts off (minus the introduction) with an irreverent reference from “The Simpsons.” Throughout the book there were many pop culture references. Not that pop cultures references are bad, but if one is giving theological examples, why not stick with the true events of the Bible? Aren't the stories from the Bible good enough?
Second, I thought some of the language was inappropriate for a Christian book. There was some sexual innuendo and profanity. “B-tch” was used several times via a quote by Ted Bundy and when talking about an outreach to prostitutes called “Stitch and B-tch”.
Third, I totally disagree with a lot of their theology and methodology. They talked about having “open communion” where they shared the Lord's Supper with a gay Jewish man. I don't recall them mentioning he became a Christian, but the Bible is very clear that the Lord's Supper is only for the saved. They also have this “find the good in people” outlook. Romans 3:10 and 3:23 both state that no one is good.
The narration was fine. It would've been better if a different person narrated for Debra Hirsch, because it was a bit confusing at times.
I can go on about the stuff I didn't like in the book. Overall, it was the “shock value” in the book. There are tons of shocking things in the Bible. Try reading the book of Judges. Using inappropriate language and pop culture to try to be “relevant” isn't the right way to lead others to Christ.
This audiobook was received free of charge from christianaudio, and this review was written as part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/30/2011)
The title well describes this book....
The title well describes this book. It presents a form of discipleship which is intentionally missional, and decidedly not ‘tame’.

I can’t make my mind up about this book. On the whole it is thoroughly biblical, and gives a healthy challenge to the western church, but there are some questionable parts.

At one point, for example, the authors say that there shouldn’t be any representation of God (including e.g. paintings of Jesus). I don’t agree with that. They also recommend a version of the Bible I’m not a fan of, The Voice. At one point they even suggest you should interpret the Bible in a different way to get yourself thinking, by losing the deity of the Holy Spirit (although not in so many words!). There are others as well.

The overall message is good, however, but I’m not sure who I’d recommend it to. Because of the odd parts I wouldn’t want to recommend this to a brand new or undiscerning Christian but at the same time I’m not sure a more mature Christian would be genuinely challenged by it.

The audio version of this book is presented nicely, but there are some weaknesses. The foreword, by Rick Warren, is read by the same narrator – I’d have preferred another – and the same is true of parts of the book written only from the point of Debra, which confused me sometimes. There are conversation starters for small groups at the end of each chapter which don’t work very well in an audio version.

But I want to finish by saying that the themes in this book are good, and important. If you’re a Christian and won’t read another book, read this one with discernment.

I got this book for free from christianaudio.com. I’m not required to give a positive review.
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Review by / (Posted on 9/21/2010)
his audiobook is narrated by Adam...
his audiobook is narrated by Adam Verner - a first for me. He sounds plain, not overly monotone but still slightly, and slightly computerized. Although I do listen to these audibooks on my Cliq XT, it still performs accurately and well when compared to the website's audio, even with my headset bluetooth. Adam moves appropriately through the text, but still reminds me of an advanced Text to Speech output provided by TomTom or another form of electronical device. After listening briefly, it is my conclusion that this book is better read than listened to. It's not a background reading - you need to focus on the audio to hear the words. Unfortunate, but good for those who prefer to listen during a reading time.

Grab the rest and the score at: http://infinitlove.com/blog/?p=2362
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Review by / (Posted on 7/13/2010)
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