Sunday, September 25, 2011

Shaken + Moved

Calcuttas are everywhere if only we have eyes to see. Find your Calcutta.  -Mother Teresa
We are not simply to bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, but we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.  -Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

When was the last time you read something that really shook you to your core? For me, that time would be tonight. I've started reading The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne, and it's felt like a swift kick in my gut -and heart.

Through the sharing of autobiographical nuggets, which he intertwines with quotes from St. Francis of Assisi, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Soren Kierkegaard (to name a handful), Claiborne presents a viable model of community that fits into neither Democrat nor Republican mold. Instead, he strives to demonstrate how to live out the Gospel as an ordinary radical [his term].

I'm more than half way through the book, feeling simultaneously convicted, frustrated, and inspired. Already I'd wholeheartedly encourage anyone lacking in motivation or sense of purpose to pick it up. But only if you're prepared to get shaken.

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