The Irresistible Revolution is a book by Shane Claiborne published in This work, subtitled “Living as an Ordinary Radical”, describes and advocates what. Shane Claiborne, the author of The Irresistible Revolution, is a man of great moral clarity and bravery. He not only espouses and evangelizes. Love him or hate him, it is tough to accuse Shane Claiborne of being an armchair quarterback. He is not a man who seeks to convince people.

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Of course I was interested in what his family made of all this, he must have come from at least a conventionally religious background irrdsistible his constant searching for a ‘purer’ form of Christianity strikes me as implicitly a criticism of anyone else’s practise, but of course this is his account of his own journey.

It’s not just the poor who need Christ. He seems to think to be a true Christian you must give up any sort of business, live among the poor and blah blah blah.

The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

Claiborne shnae to take the easy route of cynicism and uninvolvement. Want to Read saving…. The discerning reader will find here much cause for concern. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

I think this book is a conversation starter and not a magic pill to change the world. This is my new favorite book; this is the most moving Christian testimony I have read in years. Both of these topics could hav Well, this was interesting. But it does please me to read about the same tension between a life in the world and a life in line with that in the Gospels that has reoccurred throughout the history of Christianity in different ways in different times and places.


It’s more about his political beliefs about police, America, Americans, the middle class, upper class, the war on terror, the war in Iraq, voting, and probably a lot of other things that i cant remember. A self-righteous, “I’m not part of the system” manifesto that advocates helping and joining the poor as the main purpose of Christianity and condemns all war and wealth… and that may have a point.

Trivia About The Irresistible Apparently some people got a whole different message than I did! Both of these topics could have been treated in a much better way than they were in this book.

It condemns people for not doing things, but doesn’t even point the reader in a direction to really A lot of the stuff in this revolutikn really made me think. His power comes from a combination of deep learning, extraor This is my new favorite book; this is the most moving Christian testimony I have read in years. The book makes you think. Finally, Claiborne has shqne great self-awareness.

He makes the radical suggestion that we follow Christ’s teachings, revvolution and completely, regardless of how they may clash with capitalism, politics, religion, and life and relationships as we know it.

I can’t tell whether Shane is a follower of A Barabbas, a messianic freedom-fighter almost executed by an oppressive empire for his solidarity with the poor, or B Jesus. Good for him that he feels that is his calling, but guess what, it isn’t mine.

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

Shane speaks regularly at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe. The Irresisgible Revolution is a book written from a place of love by someone who has put his love into action, and as such, Xhane would recommend it to anyone who can read around its sometimes glaring flaws to find the challenging truths that make up the bulk of the book. Claiborne is one of the founders of The Simple Way, a small but increasingly high-profile ministry among the poor in Philadelphia.


Fortunately, that perspective is miles away from that of Christ. Not only was God redeeming that which was profane but God was settling all that was sacred free.

Convinced Do you have a desire to follow the calling of God? Also, as a former resident in an intentional Christian community in a poor neighborhood, his stories of his own life are rosy and idealistic.

The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne

Everyone should read this book. View all 8 comments. One day I hope I can enjoy its lessons more practically, along with all the other people, young or old, Christian or questioning, who find in such holistic discipleship an alternative to patterns of regular, modern emptiness. Founding a new church, or a mega-church isn’t newapart from the suspicion that Elmer Gantry ism might be involved, it is a fairly typical story of the same old approach but with a novel twist or two.

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If Tolstoy and Francis of Assisi hold any appeal, this book will too, as it’s basically their ideas, framed for modern, post-church Christians. Thanks fevolution telling us about the problem. I’m sure that somewhere something witty has been written about the fine spiritual attractions of poverty to the wealthy. The internal love of God can only be spread to others through the actions of the disciples and not the words of people. Instead he calls Christians to live as radicals while he himself lives in a radically counterculture way.

What about working moms?