This book flipped my world upside-down (sort of...) I feel like we all have that passion of Shane within us, as well as many of his viewpoints regarding the 'correct' interpretations of Christ's message to us. I put 'correct' in quotations because.... well, every Tom, Dick and Sally claim to be part of the 'correct' church. Shane just loves everyone and his life is a LIVING example. He doesn't just stand on a pulpit and tell people what to do. He shares his viewpoint and lives the word. There are so many stories he shared that have stuck with me since I read the book last year.
I felt sort of alone in the church (I still do, for my own reasons) but Shane is a refreshing reminder as to who we are called to be, and just how much God can guide us if we walk in His light.
Shane, thank you. I loved every sentence.
Shane is an irresistible writer and his radical and loving personality shines through. I first saw him on Tony Campolo's Red Letter Christian TV show and had to find out more about him and his community in Philadelphia. For those of us so disaffected, disappointed in, and so hurt by church, he comes alongside our doubts and faith earthquakes with radical challenges to actually live out the red letters in the Bible. Focusing attention and imitation off himself and unto Jesus, he calls into question how we "do" Christianity rather than "being" the church. His simple repetition of the question; "What if we really lived out the words of Jesus?" will haunt you and stir a revolution in your heart. "God comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable" he quips, and it is Shane's walking the talk and his disarming way of questioning the status quo that will make this a dangerous read for anyone. I gave it to my "secular" friend who...
Wish I would have come across this book when it first came out. Shane pulls no punches when he describes what, in his opinion, it is to really follow Christ. If you want to TRULY hand over your life to Jesus this book will give you a good starting point. But if you are into Christianity for what it can profit you then stay away from Shane since this is the narrow road at it's roughest. Don't think many of us can live up to the standard set here but that is no excuse not to try harder. Lot of info in here at how the world is suffering due to the massive consumerism in the US. Be prepared to ask yourself some hard questions or stay clear of this book and "abide & glide".
If you plan to purchase this I would advise you get the 10th anniversary Edition since some of the sites listed in this book no longer exist. Plus you can pick up the newer book for about the same price though it is not as "cool looking".
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