The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian - eBook
The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian - eBook  -     By: Brian McLaren
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Convergent Books
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781601427939
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The Christian story, from Genesis until now, is fundamentally about people on the move—outgrowing old, broken religious systems and embracing new, more redemptive ways of life.
 
It’s time to move again.
 
Brian McLaren, a leading voice in contemporary religion, argues that— notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith and drop in church attendance—Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. For millions, the journey has already begun. 
 
Drawing from his work as global activist, pastor, and public theologian, McLaren challenges readers to stop worrying, waiting, and indulging in nostalgia, and instead, to embrace the powerful new understandings that are reshaping the church. In The Great Spiritual Migration, he explores three profound shifts that define the change:
 
 Spiritually, growing numbers of Christians are moving away from defining themselves by lists of beliefs and toward a way of life defined by love
 Theologically, believers are increasingly rejecting the image of God as a violent Supreme Being and embracing the image of God as the renewing Spirit at work in our world for the common good
 Missionally, the faithful are identifying less with organized religion and more with organizing religion—spiritual activists dedicated to healing the planet, building peace, overcoming poverty and injustice, and collaborating with other faiths to ensure a better future for all of us
 
With his trademark brilliance and compassion, McLaren invites readers to seize the moment and set out on the most significant spiritual pilgrimage of our time: to help Christianity become more Christian.

Author Bio

Brian D. McLaren is a Christian thinker, author, and activist. A former pastor with a background in literature, McLaren is the author of over a dozen books, an Auburn Senior Fellow, and board chair of Convergence (convergenceus.org).

Editorial Reviews

"Provocative and powerful."
—Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times
 
"This is Brian McLaren's finest book: a beautiful exploration of a hopeful, joyful, mystical, and just faith that invites Christians to move from fear to love.  On every page, he calls out to longing readers, ’Don't give up. A better world, a better way of belief is possible.’ And he is right."
—Diana Butler Bass, author of Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution
 
"Anything written by Brian McLaren is always filled with insight, courage, and creative theology, refining the meaning of orthodoxy in our time.  Read this and surely enjoy it, for it will assure you that you are not crazy making in what you are seeing and suffering today."
—Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation
 
"With the wisdom of a seasoned teacher and the compassion of a dear friend, Brian McLaren once again pastors the reader through some of the most pressing and important questions of our time.  The Great Spiritual Migration puts into words what so many people of faith are experiencing, and in a way that is at once accessible and profound, challenging and deeply comforting. You will reach the final page feeling inspired, understood, and a little less alone. McLaren's writing has long been a gift to the Church, and to the world. This may be his most important work yet."
—Rachel Held Evans, author of Searching for Sunday
 
"A refreshingly honest, totally committed, enriching and profound analysis of the Spiritual Moment that is changing all our lives. If you are concerned—and at the same time excited—by what is going in churches these days, read this book. Both hope and a path to it await you here."
—Joan Chittister, author of Between the Dark and the Daylight
 
"I have such respect for Brian McLaren; I would follow him anywhere, and so should you. Follow him out of fruitless dualities and false polarities. Follow him on a restless journey, a quest, a spiritual migration from an apathetic facade of a faith to a joyfully questioning, boundary crossing, ethical spectacle of a faith. This well-conceived, intelligent, warm, truthful book is our guide to a space where a life of faith is defined by love-in-action."
—Dr. Jacqui Lewis, senior minister, Middle Collegiate Church 
 
 
"McLaren continues to have his finger on the pulse of a new kind of Christianity that challenges familiar and limiting structures of faith. A prophetic and winsome invitation for all the join the work of the Spirit in spiritual, theological, and missional transformation."
—Peter Enns, author of The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our "Correct" Beliefs
 
"Brian McLaren is a leading thinker in articulating the disenchantment so many of us feel regarding Americanized Christianity and the hope we have that there is, as McLaren says, "a better way to be Christian." The Great Spiritual Migration calls us, not to wander aimlessly in the wilderness of pseudo-spirituality, but to follow Jesus forward into the promised land of a more authentic Christian faith. I applaud this important and encouraging book!"
—Brian Zahnd, author of A Farewell To Mars and Water To Wine


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    Our best teachers ask us to model the essence of their teaching and the essence of the teaching of Jesus is LOVE, beyond any tradition or proclamation of belief. Brian McLaren boldly speaks on behalf of love through the guidence of Jesus. Join me in compassion.
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    Review: The Great Spiritual Migration

    By Brian D. McLaren

    When I agree to review this book, stated by Diana Butler Bass, (Grounded; Finding God in World; A Spiritual Revolution), as being Brian McLarens finest book, I wasnt aware that to properly critique The Great Spiritual Migration that I would have to basically write two individual reviews.

    First, I would have needs to approach McLarens latest from the position of that of a Child of God, who is also a Christian parent, diligently seeking more of Him. Second, as an author I would need to critique this work from that perspective.

    And so

    A Christian Parent Diligently Seeking God

    Like most Christians, I take a lot of comfort from the fact that my Lord God and Savior is a static God. He doesnt change from moment to moment or fad to fad. Neither does He make any considerations in His requirements from, and for, mankind in order to maintain a status of being politically correct. While several other statements, i.e. positions, presented by McLaren raised my eyebrows for a moment or three, the fact that he admittedly changed his position in regards to the acknowledgment and/or acceptance [as acceptable] of those declaring themselves to be practicing homosexuals was something that put my eyebrows in a permanently raised position. The lead-in to this new position is introduced in chapter 2 (page 39), with Brians statement that, I wish that I could say I became an outspoken ally of LGBT people back in 1974. I didnt. What I did become was a person who privately loosened my grip on the belief that homosexuality was a sin. Apparently this shift came about as a result of a personal friend admitted to being a homosexual during their high-school years. To add to the dilemma this author found himself in, it turns out that some years later, a son and a daughter also presented as homosexual. My wife and I can relate to this, as our youngest decided at one time that she was homosexual, but we took a different position, which is actually the exact same one that Scripture documents that Christ holds. We assured our daughter that nothing she could ever do could keep us from loving her, but that shouldnt be confused with being accepting of her lifestyle choices. Scripturally there isnt a bit of difference in living a homosexual lifestyle, in other words committing sodomy, i.e. sexual perversion, as there is in living a lifestyle committed to murdering someone every day, or raping someone, or stealing from someone, or molesting someone, or .

    We explained this to our child, along with the fact that as human beings, we all feel urges that a great part of the time are contrary to what God would have us do, or feel. What we do, or dont do, in response to these urges is what separates those diligently seeking God from those who by choice continue living in [willful] sin. This goes back to my earlier statement that our God is a static, or unchanging, God. Gods positions on sin, whether in general or specifically, has not changed, and this is an example for all Christians to follow.

    The mechanism Brian McLaren uses to justify this, and other position changes, is that too much focus is on [specific] beliefs, instead of just loving everyone and everything. From this position its next too impossible to not take the next step, and embrace another position from the not too distant past which led to a whole lot of chaos in its day, that being, If it feels good, do it!

    The bottom line is that a sin is a sin is a sin. God doesnt give Christians any options so far as choosing what is, or isnt, a sin. I believe that what were seeing here, unfortunately, is a disconnect between having a Godly love for our fellow man in spite of bad choices and decisions, and not having enough of that same Godly love to say, Hey, what youre doing is so against everything that God wants for you!

    Whenever our six-year old want to put their tricycle on top of the garage roof and jump it onto the roof of the car, we tell them No, that will hurt you. This is why we have Gods Word, and just like Him, its unchangeable.

    From the Author

    Even with my earlier position in regards to the content of this book, I have to say that the Readability of The Great Spiritual Migration is top of the line! The overall layout, combined with the seamless flow from chapter to chapter and topic to topic is as good as anything Ive read, and I read a lot.

    The jacket design is just enough to attract the eye, without being to busy to conflict with itself. The same is true with the design of the hardback cover of the book itself, just enough elegance to not be prissy.

    The end-of-chapter CONTEMPLATION, CONVERSATION, AND ACTION: sections are something that I wish we saw more often in this type of work, which I would class as much Technical Manual as anything else. When this feature is combined with the Notes section at the end of the book, this is an unspoken encouragement to the reader to use the book as a starting point for further study. Well done, Brian!

    Notice: I received a FREE [Hardcopy] of this book from Blogging For Books in return for my fair and unbiased review of The Great Spiritual Migration, (Brian D. McLaren).
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