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Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: Prayer for Ordinary Radicals [Paperback]

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Item description for Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: Prayer for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove...

Activists Claiborne and Wilson-Hartgrove show how prayer and action must go together. Their exposition of key Bible passages provides concrete examples of how a life of prayer fuels social engagement and the work of justice.

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"Prayer is not so much about convincing God to do what we want God to do as it is about convincing ourselves to do what God wants us to do." --from the Introduction Activists Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove show how prayer and action must go together. Their exposition of key Bible passages provides concrete examples of how a life of prayer fuels social engagement and the work of justice. Phrases like "give us this day our daily bread" and "forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors" take on new meaning when applied to feeding the hungry or advocating for international debt relief. If you hope to see God change society, you must be an ordinary radical who prays--and then is ready to become the answer to your own prayers.

From Publishers Weekly
This latest publication from the new monasticism movement is the third book each for the two young Christian activist-authors, and it offers fresh insight on the well-worn topic of prayer. Some themes are repeated from earlier works, but the book deftly succeeds in drawing the reader out of the weeds of daily life and into a more spacious field. The text is structured around three New Testament prayers: the Lord's Prayer, Christ's intercessory prayer in Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John and Paul's prayer in the first chapter of Ephesians. From the very first pronoun of the familiar Lord's Prayer ("our"), the authors extract a compelling sermon on the power and centrality of community in Christian life and thought. The dominant themethat prayer invites human beings into a partnership with God in answering prayeris enlivened with earthy tales from the authors' own lives, wrenching stories of service and redemption from the people they know and lesser-known anecdotes from Christian history and sociology. Readers will never see prayer or community in quite the same way again. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: Prayer for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 01/15/2009 page 71
  • Publishers Weekly - 09/15/2008 page 63
  • Library Journal - 10/01/2008 page 54
  • CBA Retailers - 10/01/2008 page 27

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Studio: IVP Books
Pages   124
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.18" Width: 6.26" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 3, 2008
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830836225  
ISBN13  9780830836222  

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More About Shane Claiborne & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

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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Reviews - What do customers think about Becoming The Answer To Our Prayers?

Same Book, Different Cover  Jan 12, 2010
I liked Irresistible Revolution. Since then, I've read several of Claiborne's books and am frustrated to find so many of the same stories and points repeated.
Doers, Not Hearers  Sep 15, 2009
Shane and Jonathan combine forces to produce a brief, easy to read book on prayer. I'm sure it is unlike any other prayer book you will ever read, as the two authors share their experiences and how praying the right way can greatly influence your every day decisions. Wonderfully provocative and inspiring! The only "downside" (if you want to call it that) is that Shane includes many of the stories he wrote about in another one of his books, "Irresistible Revolution".

All in all, a very helpful tool to make you think about the prayers in Scripture in a whole different light.
Great & practical insights on answers to prayer  Aug 21, 2009
"Prayer is not so much about convincing God to do what we want God to do as it is about convincing ourselves to do what God wants us to do." -from introduction

The authors hit a home run here.

Written not by theologians (although great theology & biblical insights) but by activists who know from personal experience why prayer isn't just a good idea but essential in following Christ. They guys live it out daily in urban settings by choice. They could be in high-paying jobs or ministries. Instead, they are working with the least, the last and the lost to make a real difference in the poorest neighborhoods in Philly and Durham, NC.

At only 120 pages (and with great end notes), this won't take you long to read. But it will stay with you for quite a while.

They basically show how prayer and action go together. While that sounds like a no-brainer, ask yourself this question: how are you doing putting your actions and your prayers together?

"If we hope to see God change society, we must be ordinary radicals who pray--and then are ready to become the answers to our own prayers." Classic. A must-read.
Life is Prayer  Jul 11, 2009
It's a beautiful book, it weaves the prayers of scripture with the prayers of saints modern and ancient into a very hopeful and encouraging picture of how kingdom principles and ethics can be fleshed out in our world. This is a book for those among us who dream with open eyes and pray with open hearts. The stories these two share are powerful examples of what can happen when we move from a place of dutiful recitation to a space of incarnation. While some of the personal stories are not always immediately illustrative or connected to the specific prayers mentioned, they all lend depth and promise to the overall theme of becoming a people engaged in experiments of compassion and healing. I highly recommend this book.
praying with your feet  May 30, 2009
Good book, in general. I found a lot of material repeated from Claiborne's Irresistable Revolution (could be that I read the two within a week of each other). According to the authors, they are not trying to teach people how to pray as much as they are trying to encourage us to be better more courageous pray-ers. They are trying to be the spark that unites those radically committed to following the Rabbi from Nazareth to burn with the consuming fire of God. That said, there are some real nuggets of hard-hitting truth that affected me deeply. For example:

"Because white congregations in America have so often intellectualized faith and individualized our relationship with God, people who are hungry for community and drawn to justice movements are usually white. So we find ourselves trying to learn how to be the people of God with one other white folks a lot of the time. the trouble with this isn't just that we end up reproducing communities marked by racial division (though this is something that troubles us deeply). We also continue to suffer the deficiencies of white theology.

"White folks are big on ideas, and we try hard to put our ideas into practice. But ideas are not what sustains us when times get hard. In our experience, it wasn't until we encountered the spiritual wisdom that black churches and charismatic Christianity possess in abundance that hope really came alive. We have much to learn from people who know struggle."

Maybe it's because I see myself so clearly in these paragraphs that it hit me so hard. We (the educated) are very good at thinking our way through this faith thing. The problem is that we have become so good at thinking about it and talking about it that we have forgotten Jesus' call to "follow me." When I'm brutally honest, I must admit that I don't know struggle. I read, write, think, and live from the comfort of middle-class privilege. Jonathan and Shane pull back the covers that I'm all too comfortable hiding beneath and expose the short-comings of my own walk with God. They do so, however, not with the callous frigidity of an outsider looking in and wagging his finger, but with the compassion and encouragement of a fellow pilgrim, seeking to encourage others along this road we are all called to travel together.

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