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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Red Letter Revolution

"What if Jesus really meant what He said?"

I bet that statement makes you think doesn't it?  Well, if you are intrigued, then you might be interested in the latest book co-authored by Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne. 

Shane Claiborne is a best-selling author, renowned activist, sought-after speaker, and self-proclaimed "recovering sinner".  Shane writes and speaks around the world about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus.  He is the author of numerous books, including The Irresistible Revolution and Jesus For President.  He is the visionary leader of The Simple Way in Philadelphia, and his work has been featured in Fox News, Esquire, SPIN magazine, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and CNN.  You can learn more about Shane and The Simple Way by visiting

Tony Compolo, best selling author, is professor emeritus of sociology at Eatern University, a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education.  Tony speaks three hundred times a year int eh United States and around the globe.  He has been a media commentator for a wide variety of outlets, has written more than thirty-five books, and blogs regularly at one of his websites,

Red Letter Revolution is broken into three parts and covers a wide range of topics:
Part I:  Red Letter Theology
  1. On History
  2. On Community
  3. On the Church
  4. On Liturgy
  5. On Saints
  6. On Hell
  7. On Islam
  8. On Economics
Part II:  Red Letter Living
  1. On Family
  2. On Being Pro-Life
  3. On Environmentalism
  4. On Women
  5. On Racism
  6. On Homosexuality
  7. On Immigration
  8. On Civil Disobedience
  9. On Giving
Part III:  Red Letter World
  1. On Empire
  2. On Politics
  3. On War and Violence
  4. On National Debts
  5. On the Middle East
  6. On the Global Church
  7. On Reconciliation
  8. On Missions
  9. On Resurrection
While there are many points on which I would disagree with the authors, there is much helpful about this book.  Red Letter Revolution is a conversation between two different generations.  And while any given reader might disagree with parts of the conversation, the book is helpful in that the conversation observed within its pages will provoke deep thought about the words and work of Christ and how application to one's life should be made.

What if Jesus really meant what He said? 

*Thomas Nelson sent me a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of review as part of their BookSneeze program.