I had a hard time reading this book because of the writing, which left a lot to be desired I m sure it was not the author s intent, but at times he comes across as a bit self righteous I think his youth is evident in his writing a lot of passion, idealism, and an appetite for revolution My basic thought was that this wasa book about the redistribution of wealth than it was a discourse on how to live for Jesus I d love to hear from him again when he reaches middle age However, al I had a hard time reading this book because of the writing, which left a lot to be desired I m sure it was not the author s intent, but at times he comes across as a bit self righteous I think his youth is evident in his writing a lot of passion, idealism, and an appetite for revolution My basic thought was that this wasa book about the redistribution of wealth than it was a discourse on how to live for Jesus I d love to hear from him again when he reaches middle age However, all that said, he does make some very solid observations about our culture, and the churches impact or lack of impact on it, and he is doing something to make a difference, and living his faith with dedication and passion For that, I can applaud him This book put me in mind of Saint Francis of Assisi rather than the contemporary USA It is the simple everyday story of a spiritual quest The author as he grows older takes part in a number of churches including at one point spending time with Mother Teresa in India, attending services and getting involved, each is insufficient in some way so eventually he ends up living the most Christian as in true to the life that Jesus and the Apostles led in the Gospels as he can.Founding a new church, or This book put me in mind of Saint Francis of Assisi rather than the contemporary USA It is the simple everyday story of a spiritual quest The author as he grows older takes part in a number of churches including at one point spending time with Mother Teresa in India, attending services and getting involved, each is insufficient in some way so eventually he ends up living the most Christian as in true to the life that Jesus and the Apostles led in the Gospels as he can.Founding a new church, or a mega church isn t new, apart from the suspicion that Elmer Gantryism might be involved, it is a fairly typical story of the same old approach but with a novel twist or two However the aspiration to a completely Christian lifestyle trying to live communally and without money while acting in the wider community took me back to the religious impulse that we associate with St.Francis andwith lay movements like the Beghards.Whether of course this type of movement can thrive and establish itself in the religious and secular environment of the contemporary USA is of course another question Of course I was interested in what his family made of all this, he must have come from at least a conventionally religious background and 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 does also strike me that to have a higher education in the USA, move from one denomination to another, work for various Church organisations and give up all your possessions you have to relatively well heeled, I suppose very well to do by global standards in the first place That too I suppose is another similarity with St.Francis I m sure that somewhere something witty has been written about the fine spiritual attractions of poverty to the wealthy 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 The cover is pretty irritating though At first, I liked this book I actually recommended it to a friend Ignoring the first forty something pages full of prefaces, forwards, dedications, and author s notes which really tried my patience , I thought that the author started off by making good points Then all the crap came out First, this guy has a big problem with authority Being someone who is a self professed follower of Jesus, he should besubmissive to authority And it s not just police or the president although his at At first, I liked this book I actually recommended it to a friend Ignoring the first forty something pages full of prefaces, forwards, dedications, and author s notes which really tried my patience , I thought that the author started off by making good points Then all the crap came out First, this guy has a big problem with authority Being someone who is a self professed follower of Jesus, he should besubmissive to authority And it s not just police or the president although his attitude toward those is sickening his general attitude toward any form of governing order, and just general attitude toward any normal person that doesn t act like he does is horrendous Most of this book isn t really about Jesus at all It sabout 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.I get it Claiborne doesn t have to believe what I believe I don t care But if you want to start a revolution, you don t start it by demeaning everyone who reads the book You don t go out and say that being poor is what God really wants for people because it s not He clearly has a warped interpretation of many things that the Bible talks about Like I said, the first part of the book that talks about loving people and actually DOING what the Bible talks about was great But once he got on his soap box and just wrote the rest of the book as a rant against people, that s when his misquotations of scripture became too much It was SO awful that I couldn t bear reading it any If you want a terrible book about personal politics, anti war sentiment, and misuses of the word of God, then buy it It wont help you, but it will feed your ignorance A year or so ago my friend recommended this book to me I came to this page and read the 5 star and 1 star reviews, and because of the 1 star reviews wrote it off as one sided and an attempt to convert people to a new way of thinking.Many of the 1 star reviews mentioned that they believe the author thinks the ONLY way to live out your faith is how he does I m not interested in someone getting my attention just to persuade me I m wrong A few weeks ago Shane was in town so I went with some frien A year or so ago my friend recommended this book to me I came to this page and read the 5 star and 1 star reviews, and because of the 1 star reviews wrote it off as one sided and an attempt to convert people to a new way of thinking.Many of the 1 star reviews mentioned that they believe the author thinks the ONLY way to live out your faith is how he does I m not interested in someone getting my attention just to persuade me I m wrong A few weeks ago Shane was in town so I went with some friends to hear him speak He addressed the idea that not everybody is called to being an ordinary radical in the same way One young man said that after reading the book he and his wife moved into innercity housing, like the author, and was trying to create community The response was love your wife He then said you don t have to move out of the suburbs to create community After he continued talking about the need for ordinary radicals everywhere in all different walks and circumstances of life, I decided then and there to read the book.Having just finished it, I decided to leave my own review This book is moving and inspiring and opens your eyes to the reality of the world He addresses MANY different kinds of injustices and how he and his friends have responded to them, but instead of just calling the reader to imitate that and do the exact same thing, I believe the point of it is to spark the imagination of the reader to consider their gifts, passions, resources, skills, and situations and how to best respond to the injustices of their daily life in a way that is glorifying to our Lord Everyone should read this book Shane has such a beautiful perspective on the world As I have often found myself frustrated and disenchanted with what I have seen in American Christianity, Shane reminds me that my God is a God of the small but beautiful things, who calls me to be part of his empire toppling revolution of love Shane calls particularly this generation into small things with great love and lives a profound example of that One of the most encouraging things about this book and Everyone should read this book Shane has such a beautiful perspective on the world As I have often found myself frustrated and disenchanted with what I have seen in American Christianity, Shane reminds me that my God is a God of the small but beautiful things, who calls me to be part of his empire toppling revolution of love Shane calls particularly this generation into small things with great love and lives a profound example of that One of the most encouraging things about this book and this man, is his persistent dedication to the Church Claiborne refuses to take the easy route of cynicism and uninvolvement Instead, he takes on the responsibility of being a voice within the Church that will speak of the desires of God s heart and not be silenced I was repeatedly moved to laughter, and to tears and I have a growing discontent with what my life looks like currently I got through half this book It got wacky I gave it a couplechapter And then I gave up This book is pretty liberal I m not This author seems to think very highly of himself 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 He thinks he s so open minded and new age, but he s actually REALLY close minded What about the average Christian who is looking to be the best they can at showing Christ s love in their world I got through half this book It got wacky I gave it a couplechapter And then I gave up This book is pretty liberal I m not This author seems to think very highly of himself 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 He thinks he s so open minded and new age, but he s actually REALLY close minded What about the average Christian who is looking to be the best they can at showing Christ s love in their world Not living in the slums What about the big business man who needs Christ What about working moms It s not just the poor who need Christ Good for him that he feels that is his calling, but guess what, it isn t mine I feel as though my life, in working and hanging out with middle class folk, is the way I need to spread the word of the lord So, I gave up on the book cause I knew I wouldn t be moving into downtown Orlando under the 408 any time soon Shane Claiborne has a lot of interesting stories and valuable insights It s a funny book very Donald Miller esque in tone There were several parts where I had to cringe as Claiborne tended to border on self righteousness from time to time, but I don t think that it distracted too much from the beautiful images he successfully presented of what it means to live in real Christian community, the way Jesus did and required ALL his followers to do as well.The accounts of the time Claiborne spent Shane Claiborne has a lot of interesting stories and valuable insights It s a funny book very Donald Miller esque in tone There were several parts where I had to cringe as Claiborne tended to border on self righteousness from time to time, but I don t think that it distracted too much from the beautiful images he successfully presented of what it means to live in real Christian community, the way Jesus did and required ALL his followers to do as well.The accounts of the time Claiborne spent in Iraq were most poignant and personally challenging for me to read In the first few years following the United States spring 2003 occupation in Iraq, I heard several Bush supporters say to me accusationally, It s easy for you to march down the street and hold a sign saying you want peace, but there are young men and women overseas right now actually putting their lives on the line for what they believe in They were right It was easy for me to march in anti war rallies and say what I thought, but Claiborne actually put his belief in Jesus teachings about love into action by joining his brothers and sisters in the Middle East as a Christian peacekeeper That s what sets the Christian pacifists apart from regular pacifists, I d say.Overall, the book leaves the reader with a very strong message that waving our hands in the air at a trendy megachurch every Sunday has nothing to do with Jesus teachings on discipleship Hopefully I will be able to take some of the new insights I ve gleaned from this book and actually do something with them I think that s the point An absolutely beautiful book Shane Claiborne has an incredible heart for his neighbor, and tells the story of his journey to a genuine discipleship of Christ in a disarmingly friendly, simple, witty, and humorous way Don t let the tone fool you, however this is a book that challenges the Church to re examine what its core principles really are, why it is on this earth, and provides support for those disillusioned by the oppositional, self centered Christianity that is too prevalent in Christ An absolutely beautiful book Shane Claiborne has an incredible heart for his neighbor, and tells the story of his journey to a genuine discipleship of Christ in a disarmingly friendly, simple, witty, and humorous way Don t let the tone fool you, however this is a book that challenges the Church to re examine what its core principles really are, why it is on this earth, and provides support for those disillusioned by the oppositional, self centered Christianity that is too prevalent in Christendom today He makes the radical suggestion that we follow Christ s teachings, fully and completely, regardless of how they may clash with capitalism, politics, religion, and life and relationships as we know it It s a powerful idea in and of itself, but without an application, an idea is all it is Shane s life offers a glimpse into what that idea looks like, lived out, and it is a beautiful, glorious, humbling, simple, and moving portrait of a man simply trying to follow in the footsteps of Christ It is evident that society including many Christians regards his way of life as foolish and impractical And it is, judging by the standard of the capitalistic, politically charged perspective of America Fortunately, that perspective is miles away from that of Christ The Irresistible Revolution is a book written from a place of love by someone who has put his love into action, and as such, I 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 writes with humor, kindness, and humility He challenges the status quo of American Christianity, calling us to love the poor He shines light on and brings into question beliefs and practices of both conservative and lib The Irresistible Revolution is a book written from a place of love by someone who has put his love into action, and as such, I 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 writes with humor, kindness, and humility He challenges the status quo of American Christianity, calling us to love the poor He shines light on and brings into question beliefs and practices of both conservative and liberal Christians Above all, he challenges all of us to know the poor He writes, I had come to see that the great tragedy in the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor How else can we truly love them Claiborne goes on to say, I truly believe that when the poor meet the rich, riches will have no meaning And when the rich meet the poor, we will see poverty come to an end He calls us from the isolation and ironically crowd focused mentality of the church we have built in America to an all encompassing love.The problems come when Claiborne misuses Scripture to make valid points For example, in Chapter 12, he makes reference to 2 Samuel 7, in which David decides to build a temple for God a permanent residence, so to speak but God tells David that he is not the man to build a temple Claiborne uses this passage to validate his point that God doesn t want us constructing multimillion dollar church buildings God just digs camping, he writes, seeming to completely ignore the next part of the passage, in which God says that David s son will build Him a temple v 12 13.The point is valid and he could have simply relied on Acts 17 24 God does not live in temples built by hands a verse he references in the same paragraph to make it, not to mention the time he spends prior to this talking about the church s misguided endeavors to draw crowds, from which the desire to build these temples grows.These instances of scriptural manhandling are not numerous, but they stick out like the Crystal Cathedral and will probably lead many readers to completely dismiss Claiborne.The end product, though, is a challenging, convicting work that needs to be read Christians should read this book for Claiborne s heart, even if his head is not always in the right place 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 , 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