The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane ClaiborneThe Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne

The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

byShane Claiborne

Paperback | January 31, 2006

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Living as an Ordinary RadicalMany 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 we've 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. Shane's 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. Shane's 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 is an activist, author of Jesus for President, coauthor of Common Prayer, and 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.
Title:The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary RadicalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.19 × 5.06 × 0.88 inPublished:January 31, 2006Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310266300

ISBN - 13:9780310266303


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book for revolutionaries If you want to live in a windowless, cubicle for the rest of your life than Shane Claibourne books are not really for you. This is a book for revolutionaries who want to make a huge difference in this world. In the irresistible revolution Claibourne gives a practical guide of how modern day Christians can live the way Jesus taught. He tells the story of his life starting from his teenage years growing up in Tennessee. He grew up in Christian culture and when he was in college he started wondering if the Christianity that he was living was really the Christianity Jesus taught. He tells amazing stories of how some friends from college in Philadelphia invited him to go downtown to hang out with homeless people. He says it was there with the homeless that he learned more than any theology class could ever teach him. He started to make friends with the homeless when he realized that Jesus taught that we should actually help the poor instead of talking about it. He now lives in downtown Philadelphia with some similar Christians who just help the poor and their community. The book is very convicting because he talks about the rich suburb churches who would rather spend money on Beautiful glass buildings instead of helping the poor and marginalized. One of the most interesting stories he tells is when he randomly called mother Teresa and asked her if he could intern with her on his summer break. She surprisingly said yes and he spent a summer working alongside her in Calcutta India with the poorest of the poor. He returned to America after the summer and couldn’t believe the wealth that we have. His stories will make any North American question the way they are spending their resources and he will challenge Christians to live the way that Jesus did.
Date published: 2010-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from How-to guide on Christian living Shane Clairborne lives his life the way many pure Christians ought to, radically different than you're typical church-going worshipper. In his book, Clairborne outlines true sacrifice and what Christianity should be about. Unfortunately, religion always comes down to politics and power. And while Clairborne is a refreshing view of a true Christian life, ultimately it doesn't reflect reality. The book reads like a memoir, based solely on Clairborne's Christian adventures throughout his life including a trip to Iraq. Clairborne isn't preachy at all and lets you make your own judgements. Overall, I recommend this book if you've got a couple of hours to spare and are looking for a different perspective on life.
Date published: 2007-08-08

Table of Contents

ContentsForeword by Jim Wallis 11Introduction 17Author's Note 311. When Chris­tianityWas Still Safe 352. Resurrecting Church 533. In Search of a Chris­tian 694. When Comfort Becomes 91Uncomfortable5. Another Way of Doing Life 1156. Economics of Rebirth 1557. Pledging Allegiance 191When Kingdoms Collide8. Jesus Made Me Do It! 2239. Jesus Is for Losers 24310. Extremists for Love 26711. Making Revolution Irresistible 28912. Growing Smaller and Smaller . . . 315Until We Take Over the World13. Crazy but Not Alone 341Appendix 1: Local Revolutionsand Ordinary Radicals 359Appendix 2: Marks of a NewMonasticism 363Appendix 3: To Iraq 365

Editorial Reviews

'Shane dares readers to evaluate their lives and reimagine a first-century posture to following Jesus in the 21st century....If you want a comfy Christian life, this book is not for you. But if you want to be challenged, uncomfortable, and even changed, it is a must read.'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.) -- Publisher's Weekly