A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey
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Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
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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. Brian McLaren's delightful account offers a wise and wondrous approach for revitalizing Christian spiritual life and Christian congregations.
If you are interested in joining a discussion group devoted to a A New Kind of Christian please visit groups.yahoo.com/group/NKOC.
Brian D. McLaren is a speaker, author, activist, and networker exploring the intersection of Christian faith and contemporary life. He has written or co-written over a dozen books, including A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, and Everything Must Change. For twenty-four years, he served as the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Washington-Baltimore area. He was named by Time magazine as one of America's twenty-five most influential Evangelicals. He is a founding member of emergentvillage.com. See www.brianmclaren.net. .
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NoneVail, AZAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This was a very thought-provoking and useful book.August 17, 2012NoneVail, AZAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A New Kind of Christian explores something I more than suspected about a decade ago--we are beyond the Modern Period and need to adjust to the differences in our practice of our religion. The arguments the characters in the book make are excellent and civil to those who would oppose them.
I appreciate Christian Books offering a book with such valuable insights.
Jeffrey Lane5 Stars Out Of 5September 5, 2008Jeffrey LaneThis book has served as a great catalyst for honest and real conversation. The use of fiction helps to disarm the reader long enough to get to the deep questions that are the meat of the book. I don't think the point is to agree with everything. The point is to help foster environments where people can feel safe enough to ask these questions.
Stephanie1 Stars Out Of 5July 3, 2008StephanieThis book was a very confusing book. I was excited to read it at first until suddenly the "teacher" character believed in evolution. I felt like the message was that we should accept that the scientists are right, but there was no scientific argument and there are a lot of good sciences proofs for six day creation. That said there seemed a passion for God in the book, but it was hard to take what was said with this one obviously glaring misconception on the new Christian. If you read this book I sugest you also go to Answers in Genesis and review the evidence for Creation too.
Cindy1 Stars Out Of 5June 27, 2008CindyI bought this book because I suspected it was about the emergent church's new theology and I wanted to know what that consisted of. The emergent church is so hard to pin down, though. There's a lot of truth in the emergent church movement and we shouldn't throw this out. We can learn from this movement. All religions contain some or even much truth. There's a continuum from far-left emergent to far right traditional. I'm not sure where, precisely, you cross the line in either direction into heresy, but the line is there. This book comes a little close to it in the "leftern" hemisphere. Maybe crosses it occasionally. Maybe more than occasionally.Any book on Christianity with "new" in the title is a little suspect. It's not that newness is bad in all senses--just in so far as it diverges from pure doctrine. God gave us truth and truth of this kind is not relative. If our "new" disputes God's "old", then it's the new that's garbage.I'm sorry to offend anyone (sorry to offend though not sorry to tell the truth), but contrary to this author's apparent beliefs, I do believe that the Bible is true and that, yes, all of it happened (barring the obviously apocalyptic and the obviously symbolic, etc.) and that it all happened literally in history. The part that hasn't happened will be happening shortly. Really and actually, in history, though future history in this case.I do not recommend this book unless the reader is well-grounded in study of the actual Bible and in his/her relationship with the God in whom we live and move and have our being. If you do truly know what the Bible teaches and know what you believe, then sure, read the book. It will give you a fairly good handle on what this author sees as the new kind of "Christian".God Bless and Keep You,Cindy