Irresistible Revolution

4 02 2008

                I am just finishing Shane Clairborne’s book “Irresistible Revolution” and have so many thoughts swirling in my head.  This book was given to me as I began my month long stay in Africa, serving at a missions base and trying to figure out some greater clarity and insight about life, my future, where in the world the Lord might be leading me.  It could not have been more timely.

     

                In this book, Shane takes a deep stab at the complacency and apathy of the rich, comfortable, and insensitive American church.  I was deeply convicted as I read his accounts of times like serving with Mother Teresa and the believers in Calcutta helping dying Indians leave this earth well.  He traveled to Iraq in the height of the war and exposed himself to the families and everyday people that have been so horrifically touched by the results of the war on terror.  He lived in an abandoned church in the inner city of Philly sharing and doing life with the homeless, broken, outcast, impoverished.  In each instance, and so many more, he was touching real people and learning what real life meant.

     

                How am I living life?  What makes me uncomfortable?  Where am I touching real people struggling with serious issues like poverty, homelessness, war,  and also those of us that are bound by invisible chains of wealth, reputation, ambition and fame?  God break my heart for all people. Help my life to be laid down daily to allow You to touch lives in significant and truly loving ways.  Help me to love You well as I serve you by loving the “least of these“.  There is more to Christianity than the way I have lived.  Father, open my eyes and heart to the broken world all around me and give me the courage and wisdom to respond.

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9 02 2008
christine

Stumbled across your blog.

Shaine’s book has made a massive impact on my life. It has shown me where I’m falling short of the Christ that I’m to be following.

It’s a butt whoopin’.

24 03 2008
Amy

Thanks for your blog post about The Irresistible Revolution! I just wanted to let you know there are 2 videos of Shane speaking about his newest book Jesus for President, plus audio clips, visuals, and a blog tour at this link:

http://zondervan.typepad.com/zondervan/2008/03/jesus-for-pre-1.html

Please feel free to join the blog tour.

Blessings,

Amy

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