Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals  -     By: Shane Claiborne, Chris Haw
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Zondervan / 2008 / Paperback

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As a follow-up to his bestseller The Irresistible Revolution, Claiborne issues a radical manifesto on Christian political imagination---that our hope lies not in partisan options but in Jesus and the incarnation of the church as "set apart" from this world. A thoughtful and lyrical examination of the relationship between faith and allegiance for modern-day saints. 176 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0310278422
ISBN-13: 9780310278429
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Jesus for President is a radical manifesto to awaken the Christian political imagination, reminding us that our ultimate hope lies not in partisan political options but in Jesus and the incarnation of the peculiar politic of the church as a people “set apart” from this world. In what can be termed lyrical theology, Jesus for President poetically weaves together words and images to sing (rather than dictate) its message. It is a collaboration of Shane Claiborne’s writing and stories, Chris Haw’s reflections and research, and Chico Fajardo-Heflin’s art and design. Drawing upon the work of biblical theologians, the lessons of church history, and the examples of modern-day saints and ordinary radicals, Jesus for President stirs the imagination of what the Church could look like if it placed its faith in Jesus instead of Caesar. A fresh look at Christianity and empire, Jesus for President transcends questions of “Should I vote or not?” and “Which candidate?” by thinking creatively about the fundamental issues of faith and allegiance. It’s written for those who seek to follow Jesus, rediscover the spirit of the early church, and incarnate the kingdom of God.

Author Bio

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

Chris Haw, an aspiring potter, carpenter, painter, and theologian, lives in Camden, NJ, with his wife, Cassie, and his fellow community members.

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Here is the must-read election-year book for Christian Americans. What should Christians do when allegiances to the state clash with personal faith? Haw and Claiborne (The Irresistible Revolution) slice through politics as usual and well past the superficial layers of the culture wars with their lucid exploration of how Christians can and should relate to presidents and kings, empire and government. Their entertaining yet provocativetour of the Bible's social and economic order makes even the most abstruse Levitical laws come alive for our era. They also provide a valuable political context for Christ's life, reminding readers that Jesus did not preach the need to put God back into government—he urged his followers to live by a different set of rules altogether, to hold themselves apart as peculiar people. The compelling writing is enhanced by a lavish, eye-popping layout. The pages are a riot of textured callouts, colors, photos and fonts—the perfect packaging for a message that must compete in a world of sound bites. With this second book, Claiborne emerges as an affable, intelligent, humorous prophet of his generation, calling people out of business-as-usual in a corrupt world and back to the radically different social order of the biblical God. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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'Here is the must-read election-year book for Christian Americans. What should Christians do when allegiances to the state clash with personal faith? Haw and Claiborne (The Irresistible Revolution) slice through politics as usual and well past the superficial layers of the culture wars with their lucid exploration of how Christians can and should relate to presidents and kings, empire and government. Their entertaining yet provocative tour of the Bible's social and economic order makes even the most abstruse Levitical laws come alive for our era. They also provide a valuable political context for Christ's life, reminding readers that Jesus did not preach the need to put God back into government -- he urged his followers to live by a different set of rules altogether, to hold themselves apart as peculiar people. The compelling writing is enhanced by a lavish, eye-popping layout. The pages are a riot of textured callouts, colors, photos, and fonts -- the perfect packaging for a message that must compete in a world of sound bites. With this second book, Claiborne emerges as an affable, intelligent, humorous prophet of his generation, calling people out of business-as-usual in a corrupt world and back to the radically different social order of the biblical God.'

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  1. oldmanchubb
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    More People Need to Read Shane Claiborne
    October 16, 2012
    oldmanchubb
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    My first exposure to Shane Claiborne was through his first book, "Irresistible Revolution". There he talks about growing up as a good Christian but then actually meeting the Jesus of the Bible (instead of the typical Christian sub-culture Jesus) and how it messed him up real good. Typically it's the other way around! I loved what he had to say in that book, I loved reading about the stories following this secondary conversion and his passion was fully evident on every page. If you want to understand about Claiborne or the Simple Way, this would be a good starter.

    If you want to take it a step further, I believe that "Jesus for President" would be a good follow-up. Here in this book he outlines his theology and the way he understands how the Bible should shape our politics. Rather than fall into Republican vs Democrat battles, he traces in the Bible how God's plan for his people was never about that type of debate. Claiborne discusses ancient Israel, Jesus and the NT Church and each of these was radically counter-cultural in their own day. Like certain other prominent Christians, Claiborne is alarmed at the increasing mix of politics and faith in our world and one of his main goals is to proclaim that this is simply not Biblical. This book came out around the 2008 election, so some of the references may be a bit dated, but the message certainly isn't. He also includes a section on different Christians from history who "thought differently", as well as individuals and communities of our own time who are also doing this.

    I do have a few critiques - as much as I love his thinking, at times it can become somewhat simplistic or it almost sounds as if you're not following the exact same path as him then you're doing it wrong. Plus, he repeats some of the same stories from Irresistible Revolution ("Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers" has some of these same stories as well!). The binding on the book is somewhat cheap and some of my pages have started falling out. However, the presentation of the book is wonderful - it looks like one big delightful art project. Even if you don't like his theology or thinking, it's hard to criticize its physical beauty. At the end of the day, we need more folks like Shane Claiborne and I look forward to what else he has to contribute in years to come!
  2. Sandra R.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 9, 2009
    Sandra R.
    A wonderful book that seeks to challenge our ideas about Christianity, politics, and what it means to be God's people set apart in this world. The book design is quite remarkable with beautiful illustrations and relevant quotes.
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