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Publisher's Summary

There is a church not too far from us that recently added a $25 million addition to their building. Our local newspaper ran a front-page story not too long ago about a study revealing that one in five people in our city lives in poverty. This is a book about those two numbers.
It's a book about faith and fear, wealth and war, poverty, power, safety, terror, Bibles, bombs, and homeland insecurity. It's about empty empires and the truth that everybody's a priest, it's about oppression, occupation, and what happens when Christians support, animate, and participate in the very things Jesus came to set people free from. It's about what it means to be a part of the church of Jesus in a world where some people fly planes into buildings, while others pick up groceries in Hummers.
©2008 Rob bell and Don Golden (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jonathon on 08-27-12

Purpose of the Church

What did you love best about Jesus Wants to Save Christians?

Towards the end of the book, Bell addresses and defines the Eucharist. This interpretation is one I have never heard. I find his investigation deep, enlightening, and challenging. He also gives an awesome definition of the Church and how believers should respond as both a part of the community and as an individual. Bell does a great job summing up what following Christ is all about and in readdressing what "Christianity" should look like. His pithy comments also help move the book along.

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3 out of 5 stars
By A. Curtis on 01-24-18

Not as awesome as other Rob Bell books

This is full of scriptures and Christianeese language which is a bit different for those used to Rob Bell books. The references to Bible passages might go right over the head of someone who hasn’t studied the Bible at all. It is worded in a way that the elders in my church would appreciate, but if I may speak for millions of people: my generation of Christians is ready to hear it straight.

I feel like this book dances around a lot of really great concepts but it doesn’t have the courage to really challenge the reader. Although, some of this book will offend older Christians and perhaps challenge some of their hard fought ideas, for others it will reads as a wordy sermon.

Of course I’m saying this years after it was written - and it might have been super relevant closer to the era of George W Bush’s “Christianity” and initial war with Iraq.

I did really love the “new exodus” concept, the “me too” sermon, and the idea of Solomon turning out to be a lot like Pharaoh.

I’d like to see this book re-hashed and more daring. Perhaps it could be called “Jesus vs. Empire” because that was the strongest message in the book imo.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-20-17


I love the unity that this book begs for! It showed me what and who is my enemy to love.

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