The author has a vision for ordinary radicals ready to change the world with little acts of love. He describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love and invites readers into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside and extends into a broken world.The author has a vision for ordinary radicals ready to change the world with little acts of love. He describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love and invites readers into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside and extends into a broken world.Read Less
We are going to be using this as a Bible study book. I have only just begun to read the first few pages and will be anxious to discuss the book with other church members. It is also being used as the "One Book" for our church so many are reading it and discussing it in detail. More later if you are interested in multiple opinions.
Nov 16, 2009
One of the best Christian books I've ever read. Read this book an it'll mess you up - and that's what he wants. Claiborne's perspective if fresh and thoughtful. I couldn't put the book down.
Nov 2, 2007
So Good, So Needed...
Shane rocks your face in this book and challenges everything you might believe in. He lives what he preaches and challenges all of you to do the same. Lovingly. Love.
Apr 3, 2007
A must read!
This is probably one of the best books I have ever read. Shane interweaves tales of his life in community with a convicting message about being a real Christian in this day and age. I found it uplifting, motivating and engaging. You won't want to put it down!
Feb 15, 2007
I found this book to be convicting and motivating. I think Shane's stories on love and community will really convict the brunt of American Christianity because it seems many have lost sight of the main goal - to love God and others. There's a lot to say, and Shane probably says it better anyways, so get it and read. =)
Publishers Weekly, 2005-11-28 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.
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