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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What this book does do is make you think carefully about your assumptions, bringing the reality of war and violence close enough to remind you that actual families and people are being maimed and killed when bombs are dropped.

Jun 09, Travis Bow rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 10 comments. Hopefully I will be able to take some of the new insights I’ve gleaned from this book and actually do something with them. Sane of the 1 star reviews mentioned that they believe the author thinks the ONLY way to live out your faith is how he does.

He challenges the ervolution quo of American Christianity, calling us to love the poor. The Irresistible Revolution started off fairly well. What about the average Christian who is looking to be the best they can at showing Christ’s love in their world. Want to Read saving…. Shane Claiborne believes that it is possible to bring God’s kingdom on earth, which should start first and foremost by changing the church.

I can’t tell claibore 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. And it’s not just police or the president although his at At first, I liked this book. Unfortunately, his book screws it all up.

I’m already enjoying my second read through and can’t wait to really dig into what Shane has to say, this time fully prepared and shne board with his message.

And while I believed this was true before reading The Irresistible Revolution, the book stretched me. Then there are the too-cool-for-cool ones. One can’t help but wonder about the racial and economic tension that must have occurred irresiatible his college friends went and helped the families living in the church. A few weeks ago Shane was in town so I went with some friends to hear him speak. He shines light on and brings into question irresistble 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.


Shane Claiborne has put together a book that is big on messages but falls horrifically short in execution. For example, there is a pretty pervasive disdain for heaven and a constant implication that any kind of eternally-focused Christianity is lame compared to a heaven-on-earth focused Christian activism. Jan 12, Dave Johnson revolytion it did not like it.

I was repeatedly moved to revoultion, and to tears It is written in a very accessible way. Claiborne is a pacifist, teaching in several places that there are is no such thing as just war or redemptive violence. Indeed, I disagree with a lot of what Claiborne says.

I can count the times I’ve done that irresistibe less than one hand — twice.

The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne

Finishing on a triumphant note of love and mercy, this book encourages the followers of Christ to hear the call and continue the work of Christ, planting the hope of the Kingdom of God like the planting of a small mustard seed. He seems to be one of those people who really lives out his beliefs and that’s hard to find these days.

Not just Christians, social justice activists, skeptics.

Claiborne calls this a new form of monasticism. Is there a deep yearning inside you that cannot be filled only with faith, but must have action as well? And his house church ministry sounds really neat.

I really connected to the life experience he shared.

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

Claiborne advocates a irresistiblf of spirituality that is far more Mother Teresa than Jesus Christ and as he does so reveals that he is willing to bend, break, stretch and pull the Scripture to fit what he needs it to say in order to support his desires. The reader is left rveolution one of two ways – encouraged and ready to try the lifestyle Claiborne suggests; or criticized and left wondering where the mistakes were in Claiborne’s Simple Way.


This article about an autobiographical novel of the s is a stub. Sep 08, Sheri Longshore rated it really liked it. The discerning reader will find here much cause for concern. Are we supporting the greed and money making schemes of many companies and churches of this world? It claibornd as if I were entering the Holy of Holies of the temple—sacred, mystical.

Ultimately so much of what Claiborne teaches is utter folly, even if it does sound attractive. He covers hypocrisy in the church and how Christians get too comfortable with their faith life, among other things.

The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

The cover is pretty irritating though. Therefore, I believe this book is mainly addressing Christians, especially those who have become too comfortable in the light: Claiborne doesn’t have to believe what I believe.

This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat Writing, highlighting, post it notes, tabs, paper clipping any of my thoughts that don’t fit on the page into this book. Apparently some people got a whole different message than I did! Orthodox belief while incredibly important will not come to fruition through vocal preaching or insistent prayer for the world to change but will only come to fruition through the preaching and prayer of action illuminating the love our world cries out for, the love of God shown through his disciples.

This book is not well-written, it smacks of idealism and self-righteousness from time to time, and it’s not realistic to think everyone that reads it is going to become an “ordinary radical” or “new monastic. 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.

I’m sure that somewhere something witty has been written about the fine spiritual attractions of poverty to the wealthy.

He’s a good guy with a good sense of humor, but revolutiom smug and arrogant book does more harm than good for the cause of Christ. Lists with This Book.