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After a while, most books on Christian spirituality start to sound the same -- or one of three kinds of "same": conservative Catholic/Anglican, Conservative Protestant or liberal Protestant/Catholic. Just when I decided to stop listening to the genre, the twinkle in McLaren's eye in the cover photo of this audiobook invited me to download another. For once I think you can judge a book by its cover! McLaren sifts through the best in all the flavours of contemporary Christian traditions in this short book. His is not quite a synthesis, but a generous openness to and celebration of the best in each, leaving room for doctrinal and procedural differences. He clarifies jargon, and rather than "blah blah alleuia amen," every word he speaks/writes makes meaning. I don't agree with him on every point, but his style invites me to respectfully consider his persective rather than dismiss the differences. If we all could adopt that attitude!
His narration is excellent-- warm, well-paced, good-humoured, self-deprecating. I enjoy younger emergent Christisn thinkers like Shaine Claiborne and Rob Bell, but I REALLY enjoyed McLaren who is of my generation (though not my denomination) as he told of his faith journey though his 1950s chidhood to the new millenium. In the end, that 's the best thing about this book - The conten doesn't come from McLaren's head but his lived experience in relating to Jesus and neighbour in differnt types of community.
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