The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

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By (author) Shane Claiborne

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  • Publisher: ZONDERVAN
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 180mm x 25mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids
  • ISBN 10: 0310266300
  • ISBN 13: 9780310266303
  • Edition statement: Supersaver.
  • Sales rank: 12,107

Product description

Many 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.

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Author information

Shane Claiborne is a prominent activist and soughtafter speaker. He is one of the founding members of The Simple Way, a community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Shane serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association and in his down-time is quite a dynamic circus performer.

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By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"Challenging - but you have to read this.
What does it really mean to be a Christian in today's world?
How do we live like Jesus?
What are some people doing which really counts
This will rock your world"

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'Editor's Pick!...Inspiring. Fascinating. Challenging. Convicting. Loving. These are just a few of the words that describe the extraordinary story of Claiborne's journey from middle-class Christianity in east Tennessee to radical incarnational faith among the poor in inner-city Philadelphia.' -- ePistle (Evangelicals for Social Action)

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Living as an Ordinary Radical Many 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.

Table of contents

Contents Foreword by Jim Wallis 11 Introduction 17 Author's Note 31 1. When Chris tianity Was Still Safe 35 2. Resurrecting Church 53 3. In Search of a Chris tian 69 4. When Comfort Becomes 91 Uncomfortable 5. Another Way of Doing Life 115 6. Economics of Rebirth 155 7. Pledging Allegiance 191 When Kingdoms Collide 8. Jesus Made Me Do It! 223 9. Jesus Is for Losers 243 10. Extremists for Love 267 11. Making Revolution Irresistible 289 12. Growing Smaller and Smaller ... 315 Until We Take Over the World 13. Crazy but Not Alone 341 Appendix 1: Local Revolutions and Ordinary Radicals 359 Appendix 2: Marks of a New Monasticism 363 Appendix 3: To Iraq 365