I loved every minute of it even though I was deeply challenged in some of my beliefs and specifically the history of what some people have done in the name of Christianity. I am a doctoral student and this book has been a lifesaver in helping me reconcile my faith with things that I know and agree with in science and history.
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This is one of the most important books I have read in recent years!
Brian makes a compelling case for both the end of a consumptive belief driven Christian faith/religion that has long colluded in the destruction of our planet, AND a call toward a faith driven by values of love and justice for all. He lays out how this is a radical transformation of how faith is both lived and expressed. The proposal is nothing short of a complete social movement - a spiritual migration akin to the radical change brought on originally by Jesus himself.
This book is brilliantly articulated and profoundly practical. The reader is shown critical cultural and socio-political trends that have long shackled American Christianity, and given tools to rethink faith, church, community and personal calling. This book points the way toward a faith that is once again relevant, dynamic, liberating and a source of healing in our world.
If your heart has longed to experience faith as empowering and deeply authentic, there is no more important book to read than this!
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I loved McLaren's book Generous Orthodoxy, I suppose it was early in his spiritual migration. With the writing of this book, it seems he has migrated a good deal further left, for within the pages is anti-capitalism, pro-LBGTQ talk, identity politics, and global warming alarmism. It is definitely a book that Christians who are liberal democrats should enjoy.
I am a libertarian leaning conservative, so I was in disagreement with McLaren's political stance, with that said though, there is plenty I agree with him on, like the need for an emphasis on love instead of doctrine.
This book is a true testimony of love of God, the Christian faith, and all humanity can be. It looks carefully at our history and the path that lies ahead, should we accept the calling. I'm so happy that I read this book. I am better for having read it! Thank you so much to the author for this labor of love!
Brian has a gift of making complex problems understood accompanied by practical helpful and hopeful responses. A much-needed book in a divided world. This book is specifically helpful for a pastor looking for a way to build a church community that responds to our own dysfunctional structures.
I am so grateful to McLaren for the long sojourn he has spent in the wilderness of evangelicalism, in order to think deeply and look carefully at what is been happening for decades. When I first read McLaren many years ago, I was one of those skeptical young pastors who thought that Christianity just needed some tweaks. I was more worried about protecting my job and taking care of my family back then. Now the evidence is undeniable. The way we do church just won’t work anymore, and what the Holy Spirit is doing not only among people on the fringes of Christian faith but in the multiplicity of faith traditions should lead us to realize that a brand new chapter of human understanding of God and one another is upon us. I am profoundly grateful to McLaren for articulating what many of us have been wondering, fearing, crying out for, and despairing that we would ever see. If you love Christianity and the church or are enraged by it right now, this is an important book for you.