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The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical [Paperback]

By Shane Claiborne (Author) & Jim Wallis (Foreword by)
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A founding member of The Simple Way, a radical faith community in North Philadelphia, describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, offering an invitation into the movement that begins inside each individual and extends into a broken world. Original. 20,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo.

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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.

From Publishers Weekly
If there is such a thing as a disarming radical, 30-year-old Claiborne is it. A former Tennessee Methodist and born-again, high school prom king, Claiborne is now a founding member of one of a growing number of radical faith communities. His is called the Simple Way, located in a destitute neighborhood of Philadelphia. It is a house of young believers, some single, some married, who live among the poor and homeless. They call themselves "ordinary radicals" because they attempt to live like Christ and the earliest converts to Christianity, ignoring social status and unencumbered by material comforts. Claiborne's chatty and compelling narrative is magnetic-his stories (from galvanizing a student movement that saved a group of homeless families from eviction to reaching Mother Teresa herself from a dorm phone at 2 a.m.) draw the reader in with humor and intimacy, only to turn the most common ways of practicing religion upside down. He somehow skewers the insulation of suburban living and the hypocrisy of wealthy churches without any self-righteous finger pointing. "The world," he says, "cannot afford the American dream." Claiborne's conviction, personal experience and description of others like him are a clarion call to rethink the meaning of church, conversion and Christianity; no reader will go away unshaken. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Awards and Recognitions
The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne & Jim Wallis has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christian Retailing's Best - 2007 Finalist - Social Science category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne & Jim Wallis has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christianity Today - 01/01/2008 page 61
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/28/2005 page 49
  • Booklist - 02/01/2006 page 7
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2007 page 126

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   367
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 4.75" Height: 6.75"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310266300  
ISBN13  9780310266303  
UPC  025986266301  

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More About Shane Claiborne & Jim Wallis

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

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I would recommend this book to anyone!  Mar 29, 2007
I've never been challenged as a Christian like this book has challenged me. It helped me realize what Jesus and Christianity is all about, and unfortunately, even though I've grown up in church and been a Christian for as long as I can remember, I never got it before. I've realized that talk is cheap. Action is what it's about. I've probably felt the most convicted after reading this book, realizing that I've called myself a Christian, but have rarely 'followed Jesus'. Isn't that what being a Christian is all about? Although I had my faith challenged, beliefs examined, and heart searched with this book, I didn't feel offended in any way, just completely sad for missing the point my whole life. I've found this book to be so important that I've bought 16 copies to give to my friends and family to read, I only have 6 left, and some of my friends have come and asked me for a copy to give to one of their friends. I don't believe it's possible for anyone to be disappointed by reading this book. There aren't strong enough words for me to use to explain how important I feel it is for you to read this book.
Fundamentalism with a Mohawk  Mar 26, 2007
There is no doubt that Shane's heart is in the right place. The author is right to bemoan the modern plight of American Christianity, and to seek some sort of authentic faith that accepts people as they are. This urge toward "radical" or "revolutionary" faith is nothing new. The Jesus movement of the early 70s was exactly the same thing, and most of its adherents have grown up and gotten on with the business of making lots of money and exploiting (or at the very least, neglecting) the poor and downtrodden as all the most successful Americans do.

The author has some excellent advice for Christians wanting to make their faith more human and compassionate, but misses the larger point, that the malaise and apathy that characterizes modern Western Christianity is a direct result of the fact that the faith itself from day one was a pretty shaky house of cards, as evidenced by Paul's desperate exhortations to the fragmented and feuding early churches.

Christian Fundamentalism can wear Sansabelt slacks and a cheap tie and vote for Bush, like a pugdy 50-year-old preacher, or it can be lean and cool and wear a mohawk and protest the war in Iraq, but in the final analysis it's all a bunch of ancient middle-eastern twaddle that doesn't work in the context of modern objective reality. "Radical" and "revolutionary" are just the latest clothes that this long-dead religion is putting on, to try to jump-start itself.

A better starting point for making sense of the muddled mess of fundamentalism would be the book "Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why".
Uncomfortably irresistable read  Mar 17, 2007
This is a book that will make you want to read it cover to cover in one sitting and put it away after the first chapter...The message that Shane is bringing to the public is a very personal and uncomfortable one. You can not read this book and feel good about the life you are living when you are done...and that's a good thing. This book makes you take a good, hard look at those things you consider to be important in your life and evaluate them against what God finds important. A must read for anyone!
Awsome Book  Mar 13, 2007
The author is great and if your looking to help the less fortunate and see yourself in a new light the this book is for you.
Joining the revolution  Mar 9, 2007
Truth? I dreaded reading this book b/c I saw how it changed people. I wasn't sure I was ready for what I knew God would ask of me through it.

I cried my way through this book--feeling God whisper change along the way. Shane somehow manages to keep a gentle tone even when tackling tough issues. He says if I can't dance, it's not my revolution.

I'm re-reading it again and again. And changing a little bit more each time.

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