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Irresistible Revolution-MP3 CD

By Claiborne Shane (Author)
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Record Label   Zondervan
Format   MP3 Audio / Unabridged
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.06" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.24 lbs.
Binding  MP3 CD
Release Date   Feb 13, 2007
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310276675  
EAN  9780310276678  
UPC  025986276676  

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Using unconventional examples from his own life, Shane Claiborne stirs up questions about the church and the world, and challenges readers to truly live out their Christian faith.

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Living as an Ordinary RadicalMany 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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More About Claiborne Shane

Shane Claiborne Shane Claiborne graduated from Eastern University and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Eastern. His adventures have taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential mega-church Willow Creek. As a peacemaker, his journeys have taken him to some of the most troubled regions of the world – from Rwanda to the West Bank – and he’s been on peace delegations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Shane is the visionary leader of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. He is married to Katie Jo, a North Carolina girl who also fell in love with the city (and with Shane). They were wed in St. Edwards church, the formerly abandoned cathedral into which homeless families relocated in 1995, launching the beginning of the Simple Way community and a new phase of faith-based justice making. where everything started back in 1995.

Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. Shane’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers – and his classic The Irresistible Revolution. He has been featured in a number of films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” His books are translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over 100 times a year, nationally and internationally.

His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame. Shane speaks regularly at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe.

Shane Claiborne currently resides in Philadelphia. Shane Claiborne was born in 1975.

Shane Claiborne has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Classics in Spiritual Formation
  2. Peaceable Kingdom

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Magnificent  May 16, 2010
This book brought me back to Christ. Need I say more?

Well, yes. I'm astounded at the number of reviewers who took umbrage with Claiborne's lived Christianity, apparently because he doesn't spend enough time exhorting the poor to accept Jesus as their personal savior or holding out the spectre of hell if they don't.

Said reviewers might check out Matthew 25:31-46. Looks like Claiborne did. So might we all.
It Really Is "Irresistible"  May 4, 2010
My husband David and I have really been challenged by Claiborne's Irresistible Revolution. His realness about the Scriptures and the Church are comforting and challenging at the same time. And, his humor always keeps it entertaining. No one can read this book and feel like they are living as radically as they could be for Christ. You'll want to change something about your life--or everything--and it'll be for the better.
Don't waste your time  May 4, 2010
First of all, I bought this book only because it was required reading for one of my classes. Second of all, if I had known what I know now after reading it, I would have just dropped the course. Claiborne really just has this diction that is not appealing in the slightest. He tries to use hip language to appeal to young adults, but it ends up sounding cheesy and forced. I hate to be rude, but this book was just not worth the money at all.
Worst "Christian" book I've ever read - both in substance and in form.  Apr 17, 2010
Claiborne himself would be a hypocrite not to agree: your money would much better be spent on the poor.

While this book starts out with some admirable objectives on caring for the homeless and destitute, it quickly unravels into a humanistic, self-righteous crusade against currency, capitalism, and "conservative" Christianity, twisting scripture to fit Claiborne's own agenda and obscuring the foremost message of the gospel: that Christ died to set us right with God, that by grace are we saved through faith - not by works, and that out of this new birth we are called to make disciples of all nations.

It is difficult to keep a critique of all that is flawed with this book concise, because fallacies crop up on almost every page. For brevity's sake, I will try to expose its most glaring faults. (The book itself is also poorly written and negligibly edited, but I will focus mostly on content over form).

One of the fundamental problems with Claiborne's philosophy is that he blames money as being the root of all evil, rather than the LOVE of money, thereby misstating 1 Timothy 6:10 (as do countless nonbelievers, for that matter). For example, Claiborne quotes Rich Mullins (p. 98) and says that "because Jesus said that [you must be born again to enter the kingdom of heaven to a guy named Nicodemus, it applies to all of us]. But if you tell me I have to be born again to enter the kingdom of heaven, I can tell you that you have to sell everything and give it to the poor because Jesus said that to one guy, too." The reality is, Jesus said a fundamental truth of Christianity to Nicodemus on how to enter heaven; to the rich young ruler, Jesus said something that was specific to that man's HEART, because therein lay the problem. The problem, therefore, is not at all in the currency, but in the HEART.

Most glaring of his twisted, pseudo-Christian philosophy is Claiborne's preaching that we will see Jesus in the faces of the poor (p. 80), rather than emphasizing the need to see Jesus by opening up (and understanding properly) the Bible, which we are told is the Word. Instead of the message of God's word - that ministry flows out of the over flow of God's grace - Claiborne repeatedly hammers home the message that our salvation - that is, being a "real" Christian - is found in doing deeds.

Furthermore, while Claiborne repeatedly spouts his idea of "scandalous grace," he offers little indication that he believes in grace-based doctrine, nor does he ever embrace the truth of Christ's words, "Apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). Instead, Claiborne sees protesting, getting arrested for criminal activity, and campaigning - the methods of the world - as the primary means of spreading his message (which he purports is the gospel). Claiborne's gleeful account of breaking a law in New York, getting arrested, and then suing the city of New York over his arrest (p. 186) is in fact what made me lose any respect for his work I might have had. Not only is this an act of the flesh, it goes against all of the Bible's teachings on submitting to ALL authorities (Hebrews 13:17, Romans 13:1-3) and is a horrible witness for Christ. Claiborne recalls this incident only a paragraph after quoting Jesus telling us to "render to Caesar what is Caesar's," thereby again flagrantly refusing to see his own direct disobedience to the teaching of Christ in submission to government.

Just as he twists scripture to give it a meaning that suits his own crusade, Claiborne poignantly ignores other scriptures that call for good stewardship, saving, and planning. Deuteronomy 8:18 says that the power to build wealth is a gift from the Lord. Proverbs 21:20 and Proverbs 30:24-25 praise the benefits of saving wisely. Genesis 41 and Proverbs 21:5 speak of financial stability coming through carefully orchestrated planning. Proverbs 24:27 also speaks of financial planning. Matthew 25:14-30 is a parable Jesus teaches, using the wisdom of investing money properly to illustrate the need to invest in God's kingdom before the Master's return. In 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Paul instructs budgeting. Jesus also comments on the wisdom of budgeting and planning in Luke 14:28-30. 1 Timothy 6:17 instructs those who are financially wealthy "not to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches" (heart issue), but does not condemn having the wealth. Jesus says in Matthew 25:29 that more shall be given to those who already have [implying if they use it wisely]. 1 Timothy 5:8 is a direct call for estate planning. Likewise, as much as Claiborne patronizes, pooh-poohs, and pontificates about the rich, he flagrantly disregards the fact that many of the men who were close to God were tremendously prosperous, including Abraham, Job, Jacob, and one of Jesus' followers, Joseph of Arimathea - who was so well-off that he had direct access to Pontius Pilate. God did not find fault with any of them for their prosperity, just like he blessed Solomon with the wealth of the world because he asked for wisdom (I Kings 3:13). Everywhere that the Bible calls out the dangers of wealth is for reasons of the heart - it is easy to become dependent on riches, but the riches in themselves are not evil.

While he repeatedly quotes Paul and uses the apostle's words to blast the church in America, there is no indication that Claiborne has knowledge of the fact that Paul had a trade (Acts 18:1-3), that he used his skills as a tentmaker to earn a living, and that Paul did not simply mooch off other believers (1 Corinthians 4:12).

Claiborne ridicules and dismisses believers who "write checks" and support the poor through their financial means (p. 160) as not giving enough and failing to answer the call. He does not stop to consider that those "wealthy" who have jobs and are giving of their funds might actually be in daily prayer for the recipients of their funds, as well as correspondence and encouragement. Claiborne's judgmental outlook on such people also flies in the face of the fact that "the body has many members," each with a different job to do (1 Corinthians 12).

That in turn brings up another problem Claiborne pointedly ignores: If everyone were to follow Claiborne's admonition to give up everything they have - work, responsibilities, current ministry, etc. - and live in the ghetto, who would minister to the middle class? Or who would minister to those scandalous rich, who evidently are the most in danger of hell anyway?

This also raises another question that Claiborne never answers, even though he goes on and on about it at length. While living hippie-style in these communes, Claiborne praises the lifestyle which allows them to "jump in open fire hydrants...make wiffleball...and make murals" (pp. 122-123). While all of this sounds like a swell way to spend one's time, there is zero mention of any discipleship or soul-winning. What reward has he and the rest of the Simple People stored up in Heaven? To quote a missionary friend who serves in Malawi, "Just because a man is poor doesn't mean he's poor in spirit." He's certainly advocating an agenda, but who is Claiborne winning and nurturing for Jesus Christ?

Finally, Claiborne has no problem pandering his political views, justifying them with the assertion that his politics are right because he has a monopoly on where Jesus falls on the political spectrum. He shrugs off admonition from those in leadership that the pulpit is not to be used for politicking (p. 193), which a wiser man might heed. Anytime that politics are introduced into church they become a source of division, and breaking unity within the body is a severe offense - not a justifiable excuse for propping up political ideas, whether conservative or liberal. Claiborne quickly runs through his take on the Iraq war, capital punishment, George W. Bush, and other hot topics, along with attacking capitalism throughout the book (and never quite offering an alternative solution). Claiborne doesn't seem to consider for even a moment that he might not be God's mouthpiece on sociology and the economy, or that perhaps that when it comes to the church he says he's trying to reach, he should simply shut up and avoid topics that have more potential to cause disunity than change hearts.

Along with that, Claiborne brings condemnation on himself (Romans 13) by repeatedly disrespecting and criticizing President Bush, who, regardless of political preferences, was in a position of authority at the time of Claiborne's writing and who is also a fellow heir of the gospel. Meanwhile, Claiborne has no problem giving a giddy nod to Michael Moore (p. 301), who is currently under the influence of Beelzebub (however politically incorrect it may be to observe that).

Even while affecting humility, Claiborne's pride and arrogance is most glaring. "Among my activist friends, I began to feel a self-righteousness mirroring that of conservative Christianity" (p. 291). What a disgusting, smug generalization! What a prideful statement condemning millions of Christians Claiborne has never even met!

Claiborne sneers at those who ask him to speak and then offer him an honorarium, but he never mentions refusing the money. Nor does he seem capable of any critical thinking when it comes to how economics actually work, although he expresses his disdain clearly enough for them. For example, he talks about a minimart that offers him free groceries, and how Claiborne in turn insures them, and how a mechanic also has given his services free of charge. Claiborne sums all this goodwill up stating, "Funny how money loses its power," and envisions a world where "mammon is starved." While it's a nice idea, how does Claiborne suppose the minimart remains open? Where does the mechanic receive enough funding to pay his bills and offer his free trade to Claiborne? Obviously, there is consumerism involved somewhere or none of these goods and services would be available to him.

The most obvious hypocrisy of Claiborne's book is his selling it in the first place. Why shouldn't the $14.99 (US) paid for the book be given to a homeless person instead? Zondervan is a corporation, therefore it must be greedy and evil. The same must be true of the Christian bookstore that carried his book. Whatever happened to his whole platform of "starving mammon" and thereby making it irrelevant. If Claiborne meant what he said and believes so fervently in his message, he'd surely find a way to give the book away to all people, not take money for it.

Shane Claiborne, as I noted to another person who read this book (and like me, got a headache from it) is kind of an opposite-prosperity doctrine propogandist. His is a works-based destitution doctrine, calling for Marxism through the church. What makes his writing so much more dangerous than your average humanist doctrine - devoid of the power of God - is that it masks itself in the guise of a "new" Christianity - a post-modern, post-evangelical Christianity that is full of pride.

Claiborne claims to "love Biblical study" (p. 170). But loving scripture and understanding it are two different things. Understanding it and applying it the way it was meant is another thing as well. This book was, for me, an eye-opener in the dangers of a layman usurping the role of a pastor (I was reminded throughout this book of Korah's rebellion against Moses and Aaron, and his dissatisfaction with how the people of God were being led [Numbers 16]). We are warned that those who teach will incur a harsher judgment, and this book is proof of why. The blind - or at least misguided - should not be leading.

I debated whether or not to write to Claiborne (assuming that he is indeed a Christian, misguided, and not a false teacher) and tell him my concerns over the influence he is wielding over the Body of Christ, and not all of it healthy. However, I detect zero humility anywhere in his writing, and thereby suppose him to be unteachable - unless it's by a 13 year-old or a leftist making documentaries.

Finally, while all this has been a critique of substance rather than form, I must make one closing observation: the writing of this book is atrocious - a stream of consciousness intersecting with half-baked ideas and skewed theology. Disorganized, rambling, and unstructured it is mind-numbing to plow through to the end.

Why Zondervan ever published this patronising, self-righteous run-on sentence is beyond me. Was it solely for the love the of mammon? I do not believe this is so, but I call on them not to continue putting out such a stumbling block to true Christianity.
Let's change the world together.  Mar 25, 2010
If you feel that this life we are living is handing unequal portions to're not alone. I feel this book helps bring life's "pebbles in the shoe" into a more clear focus. In my opinion, a must read.

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