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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A great book that tells some amazing stories of God’s work through the ministries he is in, and does a good job at showing how some of the pitfalls of American Christianity can be overcome by changes in lifestyle. On the other hand, he is perfectly comfortable in protests, prison and actually practicing the sort of life that Jesus might live today. And it is, judging by the standard of the capitalistic, politically-charged perspective of America. Rwvolution of these topics could hav Well, this was interesting.

His power comes from a combination of deep learning, extraordinary experiences and the creative spirit of evangelical youth culture.

And when the rich meet the poor, we will see poverty come to an end. I gave it claiborn couple more chapter. It was as if I were entering the Holy of Holies of the temple—sacred, mystical.

The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He has a strong conviction to serve others and this comes out in the book’s main message which is to go back to the roots of Christianity hence become radical and care for God’s creation, end poverty and war. The tattooed, skate-boarding generation may have once been looked down upon for their alternative lifestyles of bonding together through inclusion of all people into what appeared to be unlawful cliques by the previous generations; however, what 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.


For that, I can applaud him. He challenges the status quo of American Christianity, calling us to love the poor. He lives here in poverty, choosing to spend his days with the poor and the destitute, serving them and sharing in their trials.

But I found the book oddly soothing after that debate. This is more like a 4. A self-righteous, “I’m not part of the system” manifesto that advocates helping and joining the poor as the main purpose of Christianity and condemns all war and wealth… and that may have a point.

Views Read Edit View history. It added to what I’ve already been learning this year, so I was especially excited by the things he was saying. But Shane needs to wise up to the fact that it’s not everyone’s call.

Feb 25, Joel Bradshaw rated it really liked it. Is there a deep yearning inside you that cannot be filled only with faith, but must have action as well?

The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

Everyone should read this book. One day I hope I can enjoy its lessons more practically, along with all the other people, young or old, Christian or questioning, who find in such holistic discipleship an alternative to patterns of regular, modern emptiness.

Ahh, the irresistible revolution of left-wing politics. Paperbackpages. As his story has been told, Claiborne has become a kind of folk hero and especially so among young church-goers. Tenn who is radicalized by revolutio reading of the Bible and experiencing poverty in Philadelphia while a student at Eastern Revolutlon.

But I’m not compromising the message, you’re not putting my picture on the cover, irresisrible you’re not going to package it to be the next cool book on the social justice conservative college student bookshelf.

Even if you completely disagree with what he thinks, it will make you consider what you believe and why you live the way you do, if nothing else. You don’t go out and say that being poor is what God really wants for people–because it’s not. And his house church ministry sounds really neat. This book is a quick and enjoyable read. The reader is left either one of two ways – encouraged and ready to try the lifestyle Claiborne suggests; or criticized and left wondering where the mistakes ervolution in Claiborne’s Simple Way.


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

If you don’t, you need to examine your heart. I think this book is a conversation starter and not a magic pill to change the world. His quote of Martin Luther King Jr. I can’t tell whether Shane is a follower of A Barabbas, a messianic freedom-fighter almost executed by an oppressive empire for his solidarity with the poor, devolution B Jesus. At first, I liked this book.

In The Irresistible Revolution, he makes revklution very provocative case In the spirit of sweeping generalizations, youth pastors fall into two categories. I got through half this book. Hopefully I will be able to take some of the new insights I’ve gleaned from this book and actually do something with them. An impressionistic review of an impressionistic book: First, and this is the least of my complaints, Claiborne gives no practical advice to how to cross race and class lines in an intentional community, aside from “love each other.

Claiborne writes with at times dorky wit and wisdom with humility and urgency. He seems to be one of those people who really lives out his beliefs and that’s hard to find these days.

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