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The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne

“What do we do when the foolishness of the cross actually make more sense than the wisdom of the sword.”

There are not a lot of books out there that move me emotionally. Usually I will read a book and it gives my brain a good exercise; I will think of its themes or teachings and let my mind wrestle with them until I have a good grasp of the idea. Shane Claiborne does not really ask for your mind in this book. If you have picked up this book then you must be actively looking for an answer, but the question you have cannot be answered by words it is answered by action.

Claiborne is bored with the church. He had done the church thing. He had been to the most successful churches in the nation, but something still felt amiss. He wanted to do something, anything. He knows works does not earn him a place in heaven, nor does action need to be grand and groundbreaking. He is inspired by the words of Mother Teresa: “We can do no great thing, just small things with great love” and “We are called not to be successful but to be faithful.”

He continues to express his discontent with modern American Christianity, implying that we are perhaps losing our younger generation to the culture of the world because we present the Gospel as a spiritual self-help guide and Church as a free worship concert. We instead should be calling them out and daring them to live out a life for Christ – a life that is dangerous and difficult. Why do we sugarcoat the true power of God?

Claiborne has a big heart for people. He loves the church but he wishes the church would live out her calling. Churches tend to avoid the people that need church the most and Claiborne is calling us to seek the least of these. I would add that we tend not to seek out others because we ourselves are spiritually sick with self-righteousness. We – the church – love going to the doctor but we never listen to His advice or take any medicine.

Irresistible Revolution is filled with unbelievable stories from the author and his message is crystal clear: Jesus was serious. We are to love each other with our lives. We can be the church we want to see. This book gives me hope that change is possible.