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A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey (Leadership Network Publication #1) [Paperback]

By Brian D. McLaren (Author)
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Item description for A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey (Leadership Network Publication #1) by Brian D. McLaren...

A successful pastor has found that neither the conservative evangelical nor the liberal mainline stream of Christianity describes his own developing faith. This work gives voice to this emerging understanding of what it means to be a Christian in confusing times.

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A Leadership Network Publication

"A New Kind of Christian"'s conversation between a pastor and his daughter's high school science teacher reveals that wisdom for life's most pressing spiritual questions can come from the most unlikely sources. This stirring fable captures a new spirit of Christianity--where personal, daily interaction with God is more important than institutional church structures, where faith is more about a way of life than a system of belief, where being authentically good is more important than being doctrinally "right," and where one's direction is more important than one's present location. Brian McLaren's delightful account offers a wise and wondrous approach for revitalizing Christian spiritual life and Christian congregations.

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Studio: Jossey-Bass
Pages   286
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2008
Publisher   Jossey-Bass
Series  Leadership Network Publication  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  0470248408  
ISBN13  9780470248409  

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More About Brian D. McLaren

Brian D. McLaren BRIAN D. McLAREN is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the U.S. and internationally, and is Theologian-in-Residence at Life in the Trinity Ministry. Brian's writing spans over a dozen books, including his acclaimed Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road, A New Kind of Christian trilogy, A Generous Orthodoxy, and Naked Spirituality.
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Brian D. McLaren currently resides in the state of Maryland. Brian D. McLaren was born in 1956.

Brian D. McLaren has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Finding Faith
  2. New Kind of Christian Trilogy

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Shack-like Fiction That Promotes Postmodern View  May 10, 2010
The first book of a trilogy written in the style of The Shack, McLaren introduces you to A New Kind of Christian.

Pastor Dan Poole has almost given up on the ministry. He is disillusioned and isn't even sure what he believes anymore. Upon taking his daughter to a homegrown rock concert, Pastor Poole meets Neil Oliver - a High School science teacher.

Dan and Neil begin a relationship that will cover faith, doubt, reason, mission, leadership and spiritual practice.

This relationship isn't without its barbs. Some readers may find themselves identifying with Dan as his foundation of spirituality is reconstructed in the postmodern world.

Have you given up on faith, God and the church?

If you've read The Shack and were impacted by it in a positive way, I believe you will gain much from reading the first book of McLaren's New Kind of Christian Trilogy.

Brain McLaren shares his views on a number of topics via the conversations between two fictional characters. It's amazing how a story can present ideas better than a lecture or even a non-fiction inspirational book.

This book was provided for review by Jossey-Bass Publishing.
Reflects some of the "earlier paradigm"  Mar 8, 2010
As a self-proclaimed progressive Christian and a "believer in exile" (John Shelby Spong's words), I was a little disappointed that this story was not more progressive. While this author certainly reflects some progressive Christian thought, he still reflects a key element of the "earlier Christian paradigm" (Marcus Borg's words): that Jesus is the only way to God. I am a Christian - a Jesus follower. The "Christian" claim that Jesus is the only way to God is exactly the kind of thinking that Jesus warned us about.
Confirms my "heresy" that I'm not on that road alone  Feb 18, 2010
Tired of conforming to orthodoxy that you're not sure is so accurate? Are you being pulled to something different, deeper, more meaningful yet you still want to be a follower of Jesus? If you are, you're not alone and this book confirms it. I personally don't believe you should read this if you're content in the traditional teachings of mainstream Christianity if you're beholden to orthodoxy. But if you're thinking that you want to expand your thinking,to have that freedom of thought in your faith, to truly search for truth then this book helps to confirm that it's OK. You're not a heretic and you're not leaving God. I must say, I was wondering if I was becoming a "heretic" and some may think that I am with this freedom of thought but I truly believe I'm growing into a deeper, richer relationship with my Savior.
The Heretic Speaks  Feb 6, 2010
Brian McLaren is not a Christian, he's a heretic.

In his book, he ridicules true Christians - you know, the ones who read the Bible, believe it is the sufficient, inerrant Word of God, and seek to follow it.

If you hate the one true God and prefer a god of your own making, drop your money on this book. If you prefer truth, why support heresy by giving McLaren your money?

If he marketed this book as sheer fantasy, I would not have given it 1 star.
A necessary reality check in facing postmodernism and Christianity  Nov 9, 2008
A New Kind of Christian is Brian McLaren's introductory work into understanding how the postmodern era--as well as the modern, medeival, and Roman eras--have all shaped our perspectives on Christianity. McLaren argues that current evangelical Christianity is one cultural motif--one modern achievment--in conceptualizing the Christian God. Though many aspects of evangelical Christianity are beautiful, true, and good, many aspects are mere "byproducts" of a modernistic worldview and do not necessarily reflect truth and love of Jesus Christ.

McLaren calls Christians to confront the components of Christianity that reflect human culture more than authentic spiritual encounter, and also confront the current postmodern age.

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