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The Irresistible Revolution

Shane Claiborne

The Irresistible Revolution

Shane Claiborne

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Living as an Ordinary Radical

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.

Many of us find ourselves caught somewhere between unbelieving activists and inactive believers. We can write a cheque 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
  • dump $10,000 in coins and bills on Wall Street to redistribute wealth.
Shane lives out this revolution each day in his local neighbourhood, 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.



- Publisher The Irresistible RevolutionCopyright 2006 by The Simple WayRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataClaiborne, Shane, 1975 -The irresistible revolution: living as an ordinary radical / ShaneClaiborne. - 1st ed.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references.ISBN-10: 0-310-26630-0ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26630-31. Claiborne, Shane, 1975 - 2. Simple Way (Religious community:Philadelphia, Pa.) - Biography. 3. Christian biography - United States.4. Christian life - United States. 5. Church and the world. I. Title.BR1725.C472A3 2006277''.3''083092 dc222005029961All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HolyBible, Today''s New International VersionTM. Copyright 2001 by InternationalBible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as aresource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply anendorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content forthe life of this book.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored ina retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic,mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotationsin printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.Interior design by Michelle EspinozaPrinted in the United States of AmericaIt''s what always happens to the saints and prophets who are dangerous: we bronze them, we drain themof their passion and life and trap them in stained-glass windows and icons, confining them safely in memories of the past. St. Francis becomes a birdbath, Malcolm Xis put on a stamp, and Martin Luther King gets a holiday.And Jesus gets commercialized, whether it''s theplastic night-lights or the golden crucifixes. (And nowthere is a bobbing-head "Buddy Jesus" for your car andthe "Jesus is my homeboy" T-shirt.) It becomes hardto know who Jesus really is, much less to imagine thatJesus ever laughed, cried, or had poop that smelled.I can remember when Christianitywas still safe, comfortable, trendy. I grew up in the Bible Belt, in EastTennessee, where there''s a church building on nearlyevery corner. I can''t remember meeting anyone Jewishor Muslim, and I distinctly remember being dissuadedfrom dating a Catholic girl because she "prayed toMary." I attended two or three different youth groups,whichever had the best entertainment and drew thelargest crowd. Church was a place where there werecute girls, free junk food, and cheap snowboardingtrips. I discovered a Christianitythat entertained me with quirky songs and velcro walls.1In middle school, I had a sincere "conversion"experience. We took a trip to a large Christian festivalwith bands, speakers, and late-night pranks. One nighta short, bald preacherman named Duffy Robbins gavean invitation to "accept Jesus," and nearly our wholeyouth group went forward (a new concept for mostof us), crying and snotting, hugging peoplewe didn''t know. I was born again. The next year, we went to thatsame festival, and most of us went forward again (itwas so good the first time) and got born again, again.In fact, we looked forward to it every year. I must havegotten born again six or eight times, and it was greatevery time. (I highly recommend it.)But then you start to think there must be more toChristianity, more than just laying your life and sins atthe foot of the cross. I came to realize that preachers were telling me to lay my life at the foot of the cross and weren''t giving me anything to pick up. A lot of us were hearing "don''t smoke, don''t drink, don''t sleeparound" and naturally started asking, "Okay, well, thatwas pretty much my life, so what do I do now?" Wherewere the do''s? And nobody seemed to have much tooffer us. Handing out tracts at the mall just didn''t seemlike the fullness of Christian discipleship, not to mentionit just wasn''t

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About "The Irresistible Revolution"

Living as an Ordinary Radical

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.

Many of us find ourselves caught somewhere between unbelieving activists and inactive believers. We can write a cheque 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
  • dump $10,000 in coins and bills on Wall Street to redistribute wealth.
Shane lives out this revolution each day in his local neighbourhood, 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.


- Publisher

The Irresistible RevolutionCopyright 2006 by The Simple WayRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataClaiborne, Shane, 1975 -The irresistible revolution: living as an ordinary radical / ShaneClaiborne. - 1st ed.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references.ISBN-10: 0-310-26630-0ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26630-31. Claiborne, Shane, 1975 - 2. Simple Way (Religious community:Philadelphia, Pa.) - Biography. 3. Christian biography - United States.4. Christian life - United States. 5. Church and the world. I. Title.BR1725.C472A3 2006277''.3''083092 dc222005029961All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HolyBible, Today''s New International VersionTM. Copyright 2001 by InternationalBible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as aresource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply anendorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content forthe life of this book.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored ina retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic,mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotationsin printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.Interior design by Michelle EspinozaPrinted in the United States of AmericaIt''s what always happens to the saints and prophets who are dangerous: we bronze them, we drain themof their passion and life and trap them in stained-glass windows and icons, confining them safely in memories of the past. St. Francis becomes a birdbath, Malcolm Xis put on a stamp, and Martin Luther King gets a holiday.And Jesus gets commercialized, whether it''s theplastic night-lights or the golden crucifixes. (And nowthere is a bobbing-head "Buddy Jesus" for your car andthe "Jesus is my homeboy" T-shirt.) It becomes hardto know who Jesus really is, much less to imagine thatJesus ever laughed, cried, or had poop that smelled.I can remember when Christianitywas still safe, comfortable, trendy. I grew up in the Bible Belt, in EastTennessee, where there''s a church building on nearlyevery corner. I can''t remember meeting anyone Jewishor Muslim, and I distinctly remember being dissuadedfrom dating a Catholic girl because she "prayed toMary." I attended two or three different youth groups,whichever had the best entertainment and drew thelargest crowd. Church was a place where there werecute girls, free junk food, and cheap snowboardingtrips. I discovered a Christianitythat entertained me with quirky songs and velcro walls.1In middle school, I had a sincere "conversion"experience. We took a trip to a large Christian festivalwith bands, speakers, and late-night pranks. One nighta short, bald preacherman named Duffy Robbins gavean invitation to "accept Jesus," and nearly our wholeyouth group went forward (a new concept for mostof us), crying and snotting, hugging peoplewe didn''t know. I was born again. The next year, we went to thatsame festival, and most of us went forward again (itwas so good the first time) and got born again, again.In fact, we looked forward to it every year. I must havegotten born again six or eight times, and it was greatevery time. (I highly recommend it.)But then you start to think there must be more toChristianity, more than just laying your life and sins atthe foot of the cross. I came to realize that preachers were telling me to lay my life at the foot of the cross and weren''t giving me anything to pick up. A lot of us were hearing "don''t smoke, don''t drink, don''t sleeparound" and naturally started asking, "Okay, well, thatwas pretty much my life, so what do I do now?" Wherewere the do''s? And nobody seemed to have much tooffer us. Handing out tracts at the mall just didn''t seemlike the fullness of Christian discipleship, not to mentionit just wasn''t
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution, Jesus for President and most recently Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, and with John Perkins Follow Me to Freedom: Leading as an Ordinary Radical is a prominent activist and sought after speaker. He is one of the founding members of The Simple Way, a community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Shane serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association, and in his down-time is quite a dynamic circus performer.

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Foreword By Jim Wallis 11
  • Introduction 17
  • Author's Note 31
  • 1. When Christianity
  • Was Still Safe 35
  • 2. Resurrecting Church 53
  • 3. In Search Of A Christian 69
  • 4. When Comfort Becomes 91
  • Uncomfortable
  • 5. Another Way Of Doing Life 115
  • 6. Economics Of Rebirth 155
  • 7. Pledging Allegiance 191
  • When Kingdoms Collide
  • 8. Jesus Made Me Do It! 223
  • 9. Jesus Is For Losers 243
  • 10. Extremists For Love 267
  • 11. Making Revolution Irresistible 289
  • 12. Growing Smaller And Smaller . . . 315
  • Until We Take Over The World
  • 13. Crazy But Not Alone 341
  • Appendix 1: Local Revolutions
  • And Ordinary Radicals 359
  • Appendix 2: Marks Of A New
  • Monasticism 363
  • Appendix 3: To Iraq 365

Excerpt

Excerpt from: The Irresistible Revolution

It's what always happens to the saints and prophets who are dangerous: we bronze them, we drain them of their passion and life and trap them in stained-glass windows and icons, confining them safely in memories of the past. St. Francis becomes a birdbath, Malcolm X is put on a stamp, and Martin Luther King gets a holiday. And Jesus gets commercialized, whether it's the plastic night-lights or the golden crucifixes. (And now there is a bobbing-head 'Buddy Jesus' for your car and the 'Jesus is my homeboy' T-shirt.) It becomes hard to know who Jesus really is, much less to imagine that Jesus ever laughed, cried, or had poop that smelled. I can remember when Christianity was still safe, comfortable, trendy. I grew up in the Bible Belt, in East Tennessee, where there's a church building on nearly every corner. I can't remember meeting anyone Jewish or Muslim, and I distinctly remember being dissuaded from dating a Catholic girl because she 'prayed to Mary.' I attended two or three different youth groups, whichever had the best entertainment and drew the largest crowd. Church was a place where there were cute girls, free junk food, and cheap snowboarding trips. I discovered a Chris�tianity that entertained me with quirky songs and velcro walls.1 In middle school, I had a sincere 'conversion' experience. We took a trip to a large Christian festival with bands, speakers, and late-night pranks. One night a short, bald preacherman named Duffy Robbins gave an invitation to 'accept Jesus,' and nearly our whole youth group went forward (a new concept for most of us), crying and snotting, hugging people we didn't know. I was born again. The next year, we went to that same festival, and most of us went forward again (it was so good the first time) and got born again, again. In fact, we looked forward to it every year. I must have gotten born again six or eight times, and it was great every time. (I highly recommend it.) But then you start to think there must be more to Christianity, more than just laying your life and sins at the foot of the cross. I came to realize that preachers were telling me to lay my life at the foot of the cross and weren't giving me anything to pick up. A lot of us were hearing 'don't smoke, don't drink, don't sleep around' and naturally started asking, 'Okay, well, that was pretty much my life, so what do I do now?' Where were the do's? And nobody seemed to have much to offer us. Handing out tracts at the mall just didn't seem like the fullness of Chris�tian discipleship, not to mention it just wasn't as fun as making out at the movies. I was just another believer. I believed all the right stuff --- that Jesus is the Son of God, died and rose again. I had become a 'believer,' but I had no idea what it means to be a follower. People had taught me what Chris�tians believe, but no one had told me how Chris�tians live. So as we do in our culture, I thought perhaps I needed to buy more stuff, Chris�tian stuff. Luckily, I found an entire Chris�tian industrial complex ready to help with Chris�tian music, bumper stickers, T-shirts, books, and even candy ('Testamints' . . . dead serious . . . mints with a Bible verse attached, candy with a Chris�tian aftertaste). They had lists of bands and the Chris�tian alternatives to them, so I got rid of all my old CDs. (And I must confess, I was a bit disappointed by the Chris�tian counterfeit. Who could compare to Guns N' Roses and Vanilla Ice?)

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Church transforming
5 stars By Shane, Jun 09 2009
This book will absolutely change your way of thinking and hopefully living the gospel message. Put in a very easy to read format Claiborne unpackages through his numerous invaluable experiences what it mean to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the 21st century.

I hope more church leaders get a hold of this book as it will transform your thinking and I believe have a great impact on our community, as we should have as the church.

Definately get a hold of this book, and buy a few extra copies because you are going to want to share it. I know I will be.
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The Irresistible Revolution
5 stars By Peter Dekker, Apr 11 2007
I have just finished reading Shane Claiborne's book "The Irresistible Revolution" and I must say the book blew me away. In a largely biographical fashion, Claiborne, goes about explaining the theology behind "Living as an Ordinary Radical." Shane reveals his story of being called to live with the poor and homeless in Philadelphia, his experiences working alongside Mother Teresa, and standing with Iraqi Christians in Iraq as his government bombed their home. Throughout these amazing and touching stories, Shane holds onto humility stressing that he has not done anything out of the ordinary, that he has simply taken Jesus' words seriously. Something that me all can do; unfortunately the Church has fallen asleep so those like Shane are seen as radicals. However he argues that they are, ordinary radicals, ordinary Christians with nothing more to offer than their lives, living out the radical, counter cultural teachings of our Saviour.

This book is essential reading for anyone who is looking for more out of their Christian walk than pew warming, and anyone who is starting to hear the cries of the poor, and see that the bible has an answer.
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  • Catalogue Code 235619
  • Product Code 0310266300
  • EAN 9780310266303
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  • Pages 368
  • Department General Books
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  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Feb 2006
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  • Dimensions 182 x 128 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.231kg

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