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Blessed Are the Uncool: Living Authentically in a World of Show [Paperback]

By Paul Grant (Author)
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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2007
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830836039  
EAN  9780830836031  

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You can be cool. You can be a Christian. But can you be both? Paul Grant traces the history of "cool" as a cultural phenomenon, defining it as "permanent, individual rebellion" and contrasting it with the more compelling Christian vision: a reconciled kingdom of God, where rebellion and indifference are answered with faith, hope and love. Market/Audience Culture-watchers Young adults Features and Benefits A cultural history and critique of "cool". A fresh perspective on contemporary American culture. A unique angle on Christian discipleship and witness.

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I loved this book!  Mar 16, 2007
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I read this book in small segments. It's a lot of meat to digest. The subtitle of Blessed are the Uncool is "Living Authentically in a World of Show." It describes the gist of the book very well. No one likes fake people, yet we as Christians all struggle with being authentic. We've grown up in a society that loves cool and being uncool is not something any of us strives for. But the author makes an excellent point as he digs up the origin of "cool." Somehow in the process of protecting our own hearts we have distanced ourselves from the hearts of others, and in effect, often distance ourselves from the Lord as well.

Sometimes all it takes is a little playground teasing and we learn to be cool to cope, but at the expense of true relationships. Being a Christian shouldn't be about being "cool" according to Paul Grant, because the crux of being "cool" separates us from one another, and that isn't God's will for the church. The author delves into a variety of subjects to support his belief. I have to say I agree with him and have struggle myself with the whole "cool" image.

This book is about being real. It's about loving people where they hurt most. Most of all it's not redundant (I dislike non-fiction books that repeat the same theme on every page.) I highly recommend Blessed are the Uncool for all people (not just teens) who want to break out of that self-protective attitude and be real with the body of Christ.
Some great ideas but a morass of stuff about things  Feb 21, 2007
This book is a huge mess. It lacks structure, direction and organization. It comes out as "stuff about cool and other related (and even some non-related) topics."

The book is very challenging in places. But it lacks a definition of "cool," and does not deal with hard questions about cool (like what is the difference between normal teen-age separation from parents and "cool"?). It also fails to distinguish between ungodly cool and just "fitting in" to avoid being a target of other teens' ugly words. Is it always wrong to "fit in?" why or why not? These are real questions that need a real answer.

Further, the book wanders everywhere. It includes everything from claiming cool came from Africa (!) to much slamming of the white church while exalting African churches.

The author needs to go back and rethink cool. He needs to get a working definition of cool. He needs to quit trying to write dramatic prose and indict the world. He needs to figure out what he is saying about "cool" and then say it in practical terms.

Until then, I can't recommend this book. It's interesting, enlightening in places, and a real mess to read.
Living Uncool is a life of love and authenticity  Feb 5, 2007
Paul Grant has given the church and the world a tremendous gift in a book that combines the Gospel, sociology, racial reconciliation, history, discipleship, church life, and the Kingdom of God. Grant's prose moves quickly filled with both humor and heart. This is the best book I have read since coming out of seminary. This is a must read for teens and young adults. Highly recommended.

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