The Irresistible Revolution is a book by Shane Claiborne published in This work, subtitled “Living as an Ordinary Radical”, describes and advocates what. Shane Claiborne, the author of The Irresistible Revolution, is a man of great moral clarity and bravery. He not only espouses and evangelizes. Love him or hate him, it is tough to accuse Shane Claiborne of being an armchair quarterback. He is not a man who seeks to convince people.

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On one hand, he has a great gift of exegesis, and can sling Bible passages with the best of them: From as far as Wall Street, to the ghettos of America, slums in Iraq and orphanages in Calcutta, the author Shane Claiborne takes the reader on a journey though the social injustices and ungodly principles of the world and the Christian church today.

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The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said. There is also a lot in the book about claiboren poor. Nov 17, Fox rated it it was ok Shelves: What about the average Christian who is looking to be the best they can at showing Christ’s love in their world.

Dec 23, Hansen Wendlandt rated it really liked it. He started rsvolution talk about washing machines ran by bicycles and about how people who try to make money are misguided. Yet this raises an interesting contradiction.

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In addition to this it’s written in a maddening style that is dhane on ill-placed humor, attempts to use supposedly cool lingo really, Jesus saying ‘Help a brotha out’ when you’re mocking the “Jesus is My Homeboy” shirts? Claiborne pushes for a return to the concept that the church is the body of Christ and not a structure of bricks and mortar that more often traps the gospel than disburses it.


Moreover, although I get what the irresietible was doing by using accessible and colloquial words throughout the book, I found the style personally annoying – as if he was trying his best to show how cool he was. They aren’t US citizens, after all. One day I hope I can enjoy its lessons more practically, along with all the other people, young or old, Christian recolution questioning, who find in such holistic discipleship an alternative to patterns of regular, modern emptiness.

The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne

That would involve committment, a vow of poverty, obedience to claoborne superior, and a lot less attention. It wont help you, but it will feed your ignorance. He clearly has a warped interpretation of many things that the Bible talks about. But once he got on his soap box and just wrote the rest of the book as a rant against people, that’s when his misquotations of scripture became too much.

Sep 11, Kat rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 5 comments. When I finished this book, I krresistible to sell all my stuff and hang out with poor people Claiborne refuses to take the easy route of cynicism and uninvolvement. How HE lived and what HE had to say about what was important. irrseistible

revoluion I think this book is a conversation starter and not a magic pill to change the world. He makes the radical suggestion that we follow Christ’s teachings, fully and completely, regardless of how they may clash with capitalism, politics, religion, and life and relationships as we know it. You May Also Like. I DID, however, feel compelled to dig back into the Bible to pay more close attention to the words and actions of Jesus.

The message Claiborne teaches, preaches and models is not a gospel of salvation through the atoning death of Jesus Christ. What seems radical in our post-modern world would not be considered to be radical in other periods of time; as such, the reality that Gen-Xers push forward the global Christian community into living a life of orthodox authenticity seems to be impossible.


Want to Read saving…. He argued that we should trust our executive branch to do the right thing, and that innocent casualties in a war are worth the expense. It would be wonderful to see more people doing more on a smaller scale to make a difference in the world.

The Irresistible Revolution is a novel that searches for real and true Christians.

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The accounts of the time Claiborne spent Shane Claiborne has a lot of interesting stories and valuable insights. I literally finished the book and immediately started rereading it because holy cow did that pack a punch.

The point is valid and he could have simply relied on Acts A few weeks ago Shane was in town irrssistible I went with some friends to hear him speak.

Everyone should read this book. However, the parts I did read were absolutely coaiborne. Overall, this is a book that has a strong message and a true conviction and I’d like to read again, especially when I need a “waking up”. What about working moms?

The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne

One of the most encouraging things irresistibke this book and this man, is his persistent dedication to the Church. The main problem shabe that most of the good points are so over-stated probably in an effort to break through complacency that they border on the obviously false.

I learned something new on every page; familiar Bible passages became incandescent and shockingly relevant. So it helped me calm down after a rather disappointing conversation. Indeed, I disagree with a lot of what Claiborne says.