During college, a professor remarked, "Being a Christian is about choosing Jesus and deciding to do something incredibly daring with your life." Taking up that challenge, Shane's faith led him to dress the wounds of lepers with Mother Teresa, visit families in Iraq amidst bombings, and dump $10,000 on Wall Street to redistribute wealth. In The Irresistible Revolution, you'll be challenged by a radical Christianity passionate for peace, social justice, and alleviating the suffering found in the local neighborhood and distant reaches of the world. Live out your faith with little acts of radical love as you join the movement of God's Spirit into a broken world.
Living as an Ordinary Radical Many of us find ourselves caught somewhere between unbelieving activists and inactive believers. We can write a check to feed starving children or hold signs in the streets and feel like weve made a difference without ever encountering the faces of the suffering masses. In this book, Shane Claiborne describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, inviting us into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside each of us and extends into a broken world. Shanes faith led him to dress the wounds of lepers with Mother Teresa, visit families in Iraq amidst bombings, and dump $10,000 in coins and bills on Wall Street to redistribute wealth. Shane lives out this revolution each day in his local neighborhood, an impoverished community in North Philadelphia, by living among the homeless, helping local kids with homework, and practicing resurrection in the forgotten places of our world. Shanes message will comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable . . . but will also invite us into an irresistible revolution. His is a vision for ordinary radicals ready to change the world with little acts of love.
Shane Claiborne, activitist and author of The Irresistible Revolution and Jesus for President, and coauthor of Common Prayer, is a founder of The Simple Way, a community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. WWW.thesimpleway.org
If there is such a thing as a disarming radical, 30-year-old Claiborne is it.
A former Tennessee Methodist and born-again, high school prom king, Claiborne
is now a founding member of one of a growing number of radical faith
communities. His is called the Simple Way, located in a destitute neighborhood
of Philadelphia. It is a house of young believers, some single, some married,
who live among the poor and homeless. They call themselves "ordinary radicals"
because they attempt to live like Christ and the earliest converts to
Christianity, ignoring social status and unencumbered by material comforts.
Claiborne's chatty and compelling narrative is magnetic-his stories (from
galvanizing a student movement that saved a group of homeless families from
eviction to reaching Mother Teresa herself from a dorm phone at 2 a.m.) draw
the reader in with humor and intimacy, only to turn the most common ways of
practicing religion upside down. He somehow skewers the insulation of
suburban living and the hypocrisy of wealthy churches without any
self-righteous finger pointing. "The world," he says, "cannot afford the
American dream." Claiborne's conviction, personal experience and description
of others like him are a clarion call to rethink the meaning of church,
conversion and Christianity; no reader will go away unshaken. (Feb.)
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