The night before last I was looking through my bookshelves in search of that “perfect” book. My spirit was looking for a certain something and the shelf after shelf of Christian-ese, Church “structure” and how to be a good person. Jennifer and I are avid readers and we’ve got two rooms of bookshelves between the library and my office. Nothing spoke to me… I grabbed the Bible (go figure) and decided to read through it.
For whatever reason, I started and ended with one verse:
For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel. ~Ezra 7:10
I spent some time, as I feel asleep, asking for guidance in where my reading should go. I’ve been very frustrated with how Christianity is practice and perceived. Frustrated where the politics and religion have began to merge and where the church has neglected the example of Christ, in lieu of creating it’s own soft and comfortable theology.
He knew my heart…
Yesterday at work, I was waiting for package from UPS and I actually received two. The second mystery package was from Amazon.com (my favorite place next to Borders!). I opened the box and found a gift wrapped book.
I love surprises….and books. (Yes, I took pictures before even knowing what it was) This book was from Julie Emery, who is a friend on Twitter and acquaintance from work. I’m very grateful that she thought of me and Jennifer and sent this book. I opened it up and by the first few pages realized this is exactly what I was looking for!
Irresistible Revolution – Shane Claiborne
The book is called Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne. I haven’t finished the book, so I don’t know if I can support all the ideas, but I have thus far connected with it. This line specifically:
My activist friends call me conservative, and my religious friends call me liberal. What I often get branded is ‘radical.’
So, I am only in chapter one, but I’m sure I’ll be writing other thoughts provoked in this book. I like not being put into categories. Categories are dangerous. Religion is dangerous. But, danger is only dangerous if you’re on the wrong side of the revolution!