From critically acclaimed author Brian McLaren comes a brilliant retelling of the biblical story and a thrilling reintroduction to Christian faith.
This book offers everything you need to explore what a difference an honest, living, growing faith can make in our world today. It also puts tools in your hands to create a life-changing learning community in any home, restaurant, or other welcoming space.
The fifty-two (plus a few) weekly readings can each be read aloud in 10 to 12 minutes and offer a simple curriculum of insightful reflections and transformative practices. Organized around the traditional church year, these readings give an overview of the whole Bible and guide an individual or a group of friends through a year of rich study, interactive learning, and personal growth.
Perfect for home churches, congregations, classes, or individual study, each reading invites you to
- Cultivate an honest, intelligent understanding of the Bible and of Christian faith in 21st century
- Engage with discussion questions designed to challenge, stimulate, and encourage
- Reimagine what it means to live joyfully and responsibly in today's world as agents of God's justice, creativity, and peace
If you're seeking a fresh way to experience and practice your faith, if you're a long-term Christian seeking new vitality, or if you feel out of place in traditional church circles, this book will inspire and activate you in your spiritual journey.
Brian D. McLaren
is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian was a church planter, pastor, and networker in the Baltimore-Washington DC area for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the U.S. and internationally, and is Theologian-in-Residence at Life in the Trinity Ministry.
Brian's writing spans over a dozen books, including his acclaimed Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road
, A New Kind of Christian trilogy, A Generous Orthodoxy
, and his most recent titles, Naked Spirituality
and the ebook The Girl with the Dove Tattoo
(June 2012). A frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs, Brian is also an active and popular blogger, a musician, and an avid outdoor enthusiast. Learn more at his website, www.brianmclaren.net
. Brian is married to Grace, and they have four adult children.
Praise for WHY DID JESUS, MOSES, THE BUDDHA, AND MOHAMMED, CROSS THE ROAD?
"...Worth reading, lively and passionate at translating progressive theology into a popular idiom."
"Provocative...Even those who don't agree will be bettered by engaging its ideas."Relevant Magazine
"...Important and extraordinarily timely...a soothing balm for the searing pain of our times."Huffington Post
"...An essential life lesson about loving our neighbors and tolerating their differences...For Christians on the fence about whether to accept others and their faiths or to insist that only Christianity can adequately serve, this book provides important insights."Booklist Online
"[Brian McLaren] actually believes that Jesus and his followers can change the world. This book is no exception-he starts with a joke but quickly you realize just how serious he is about doing what Jesus teaches us to do. Helpful, timely, and really, really inspiring."Rob Bell, author, Love Wins
"A renewed and renewing vision of Christianity that will challenge every reader to go deeper into its core Truth and find radical urgency to befriend all God's children...If you are not afraid of having your viewpoint, identity, and complacency challenged - read this, for Love itself is to be found here!"Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church