Perkins and Claiborne practice what they preach. I wish that I were able to have the care and concern for the under-privelaged that they do. However, authenticity is not the measure of truth, and I feel that these authors are authentic in their beliefs, but sadly misguided. For one thing, it appears that they started with an ideology, and fit the Bible into that ideology to serve their ends. They make Jesus primarily a social reformer and the gospel mainly a declaration of alleviation from the troubles of injustice. While all true followers of Christ must have subsequent works that follow, it is a mistake to confuse the fruit for the root. The root of Justification produces the fruit of care for the poor and oppressed. And the gospel is not a message about a well paying job, financial help or free healthcare. No! The gospel is much deeper, and far more satisfying!A second thing that struck me in the book was Shane's desire to be different and cutting edge. It seems he will do anything to make a statement. He prides himself on his jail record. He will go to jail for almost anything. I walked away with the feeling that Shane would stand by any person who felt oppressed by "the man." And I feel that sometimes when he sides with the poor, he is actually further entrenching the poor in their poverty. For advice on poverty alleviation, I would highly recommend When Helping Hurts. This book properly understands the gospel, and what it means to truly help out the suffering.The third main objection to the book is the mistaken statement, "each person is better than the worst things they do." This oft repeated phrase is very misleading and doctrinally untrue. It stems from the assumption that man is basically good and occasionally does bad things. The Bible teaches that man is basically bad, and it is only through the common grace of God that we do anything good at all. Yes, we could all be worse, but teaching someone that they are inherently good is wrong and dangerous.