Irresistible Revolution

Well the title is accurate; I’ve resisted reading this book for several months, just because it is so popular with a lot of people I know.  Sigh.  Yes, I know; I’m incorrigible.  But anyway, last night it proved irresistible, and I’m now half way through (only because my wife intervened and made me stop reading and go to bed…probably because every other page I was saying, “Listen to this!”, so as long as I was up reading, she wasn’t going to get any sleep either).

So what am I here to say?  Stop everything you’re doing and go get yourself a copy of Irresistible Revolution by Shane Clairborne.  Don’t order it from unless you’re willing to pay for overnight shipping.  Nope, go get in the car, drive to whatever your favorite local bookstore is, and pick yourself up a copy today.  Yes. Go. Now. The blog will be here waiting when you finish the book.

Later, I’ll come back and edit this post to be a full-fledged book review.

8 thoughts on “Irresistible Revolution

  1. Hey, I just found your blog searching for articles about Shane Clairborne. I’ve just discovered this guy and ordered his book from Amazon. Then, deciding I couldn’t wait for it, I called bookstores in my area until I found one that had it in stock. I’m on my way now to get it. =)

  2. I read it as soon as a pastor friend of mine suggested it. Jesus, through Shane has ruined my life. I can’t wait to find out what my friends megachurch is going to do about it.

  3. Hi Nate!
    So I’ve been reading this book. It’s dangerous and subversive. I like it. I like Shane. And, knowing you’ve been thinking alot about community….I’m curious what you’re thinking about now….radical Torah community? It’s too terrifying to contemplate!! Like the beginning of a roller-coaster as it climbs higher….and higher….

    Pati in WA

  4. To tell you the truth, Pati, my thinking was not really changed by reading Irresistible Revolution. Rather it challenged me to persevere in what I’m pursuing and laboring towards, and excited me to read about the real life experiences of others who have a similar vision.

    But you hit the nail on the head, radical Torah community is exactly what I’m aiming for, and Irresistible Revolution just deepened my conviction that it is possible.

  5. Since its been about two years since you wrote this, I guess the review never happened. Thanks for the encouragement though; a lot of my friends are fans of this book so this encouraged me to try it out. I discovered your blog a few months ago from Aree Ogir and a lot of posts have been very meaningful for me. I noticed some brief comments on community in a couple of your posts. Is there a certain book on community you recommend? It is a subject I would like to have a better understanding of.

  6. You’re right, Chad, the review never happened. I started reading something else, and didn’t have time to stop with Irresistible Revolution. It’s been like that for about 2 years now. Seems to be slowing down a bit now, and I’m beginning to produce again instead of just consume.

    Anyway, books about community…quite a few occur to me, but it might be beneficial to read Homage to a Broken Man by Peter Mommsen. It’s the story of the life of J. Heinrich Arnold. It’s the story of a man who lived in Christian community and experienced both its benefits and its terrors. The book can be downloaded at

    Tell Aree I said, “hello”

  7. P.S. Don’t stop with Homage to A Broken Man…but it will prevent idealism from blinding you as read other community-oriented materials.

    Community is requisite to the Christian walk, but it is beneficial and wonderful not because its experience is so wonderful (although it is in a way), but because it prevents us from being able to stay hidden behind our masks of religiosity and capability. Community rubs us raw and is usually annoying (to be frank).

    It’s kind of like the sub-title of one of my favorite books on marriage: Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. The sub-title is: “What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make us Happy?”

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