Rich Mullins once said, "A faith that moves mountains is a faith that expands horizons. It does not bring us into a smaller world of easy answers but into a larger one where there is room for wonder." Brian McLaren is an author and pastor who has taken this truth to heart. A New Kind of Christian's conversation between a pastor and his daughter's high school science teacher reveals that wisdom for life's most pressing spiritual questions can come from the most unlikely sources. This stirring fable captures a new spirit of Christianity--where personal, daily interaction with God is more important than institutional church structures, where faith is more about a way of life than a system of belief, where being authentically good is more important than being doctrinally "right," and where one's direction is more important than one's present location. McLaren's delightful and sometimes provocative account offers a wise and wondrous approach for revitalizing Christian spiritual life and Christian congregations.
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Reviewed by Flobi
(Augusta, GA), September 10, 2008
Though many valid flaws in the major church organizations were sited, all were blamed on "modernity" and the solution found in "postmodernity." I found a number of inspirational stories in the book, but only a strong Christian should read this as it is spiritually misleading and almost totally segregates God from the church and church development. It should only be read as an example of how people can be mislead by their own thoughts when abandoning the word of God.
Reviewed by Kevin
(Canada), September 04, 2008
A 0.5 rating isn't low enough. This book is an extreme disappointment. McLaren did not consult the scriptures before writing this book. For the serious Christian do not read this book. McLaren's wishy washy theology is apparent and will lead people away from the truth of God's Word.
Reviewed by Andrew Lundstrom
(Minnesota), September 17, 2007
Brian McLaren has a good heart to help people. However the purpose of living for Jesus is not to fix everyone in this world and not preach the Gospel and teach people solid theology and give them a solid view of Christ and Gods plan to redeem his people. Patting people on the back on the way to Hell and only worrying about Earthly things is in no way being loving . Just remember what James said our life is but a vapor. We as Christians need to focus on Gods Glory and letting God use us to get people soundly saved and teaching the sound doctrine and theology just as Paul wrote Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:16
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. This books takes away and tries to destroy the importance of these things!!!! Which are imperative to have a solid faith in Christ Jesus!
Reviewed by Greg Peterson
(Suamico, WI), April 17, 2006
The whole series opened my heart and mind to some new ways of thinking about Christ. A needed read for those wanting to follow Christ instead of the church.
Reviewed by Anna Rivera
(Weston, FL), September 17, 2002
This book offers a bridge for Christians of all denominations - catholic included, to use to walk into the 21st century. It answered my years-long question - yes, go and tell the Good News, but what IS the Good News? It had to be more than Christ's death as our eternal redemption. Raised a Catholic, full-immersion baptism at 38, this view on Christianity helps me piece together what I love in the evangelical church with what I miss from the Catholic. Read it, take your time, ponder on it and then ACT.
Reviewed by Sarah
(Columbus, OH), February 20, 2002
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