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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It is evident that society – including many Christians – regards his way of life as foolish and impractical.

Unfortunately, his book screws it all up. Both of these topics could hav Well, this was interesting. Through his study, he returned to the works of the desert fathers that feed generations before him and found that they not only fed him but prompted him to live as they lived. While membership in American megachurches continues to rise, the gospel message of care for all of humanity often ends as soon as it leaves the pulpit falling dead before it ever reaches many of the gathered congregation.

Forced to read it by the Irreskstible capstone, to their eternal shame. I think this book is a conversation starter and not a magic pill to change the world. Definitely a thought-provoking and action-provoking ideally irresustible. Irresistible Revolution has perhaps more ideology and stories than his next books, preachable and well written, though less crafted. Shane calls particularly this generation into “small things with great love” and lives a profound clsiborne of that. Most of this book isn’t really about Jesus at all.

May 27, Jonathan rated it liked it Recommended to Jonathan by: The Irresistible Revolution started off fairly well. An absolutely beautiful book. 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.


I literally finished the book and immediately started rereading it because holy cow did that pack a punch. Claiborne never mentions the difficulty in overcoming racial boundaries they seem to just disappear when one tries or getting involved in neighbors’ family disputes.

The cover is pretty irritating though. Jesus said to care for those who need care, and Claiborne took the call to heart: This article about a book related to Christianity is a stub. He lives here in poverty, choosing to spend his days with the poor and the destitute, serving them and sharing in their trials. Claiborne is a pacifist, clakborne in several places that there are is no irresishible thing as just war or redemptive violence. Dec 12, Nathan rated it really liked it Shelves: Lewis wrote in the guise of Screwtape: 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.

That too I suppose is another similarity with St.

Do you have a desire to follow the calling of God? Francis and more with lay movements like the Beghards. Claiborne could have left out the chapters that aimed to legitimize all the things that go exactly against what he claims to stand for – namely, being a middle class Christian consumer who goes to church on Sundays, prays at the dinner table, and donates clothes to the Salvation Army.

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

It added to what I’ve already been lea This is more like a 4. He is not a man who seeks to convince people to do something that he is unwilling to do himself. There are some very valid points in Shane’s take; but it is often muddled by the trite, “prophetic” tone of an idealist whose life worked for his ministry and demands that it work exactly that way for all others.


An impressionistic review of an impressionistic book: This book is a quick and enjoyable read.

The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne

First, this guy has a big problem with authority. I don’t agree with Claiborne’s revolutlon orthodoxy” stance, but it’s impossible to argue with his simple commitment to living out the Gospel in everyday life.

Props to Shane tho! He covers hypocrisy in the church and how Christians get too comfortable with their faith life, among other things. It was SO awful that I couldn’t bear reading it anymore. I could quibble about specifics endlessly. Moreover, although I get what the author was doing by using accessible and colloquial words throughout the book, I found the style personally annoying – as if he was trying his best to show how cool he was.

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.

Instead he calls Christians to live as radicals while he himself lives in a radically counterculture way.

The new monasticism pushes forward a Biblically authentic Christianity, a return to orthodoxy right belief but more importantly a return to orthopraxis right living and action that the early desert fathers claimed for their lives. How HE lived and what HE had to say about what was important.

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