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We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation Paperback – June 9, 2015
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"Brian McLaren has a talent for expressing theological viewpoints in a way that doesn't divide the camp. He gives everyone on the theological spectrum, from orthodox to progressive, something to chew on and contemplate. His new book, WE MAKE THE ROAD BY WALKING, doesn't disappoint."―Charles Toy, co-founder of The Christian Left
"A ton of people have been waiting for this book-they just didn't know it! Brian has given us a clear and compelling guide to walking the Jesus path together, around the table, in the living room, discussing and learning and growing. This book is going to help so many people."―Rob Bell, author of What We Talk About When We Talk About God
"It is at once inspiring and challenging, ancient and contemporary, intellectually rigorous and profoundly practical. It changed the way I engage Scripture, the way I pray, the way I experience communion, and the way I interact with my neighbors."―Rachel Held Evans, author, A Year of Biblical Womanhood
"WE MAKE THE ROAD BY WALKING has given me the tools I needed to make sense of my friendships and weave them into something that makes our connections more meaningful; the community that I have always longed for, a community that accepts me for me, a community that faithfully lives out the gospel through its actions, treating all people with respect, value, and like they matter."―Romal Tune, author, Gods Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens
"This is Brian McLaren at his best, and I think this is what so many readers want from him: Deeply rooted in scripture, yet offering fresh, even radical, readings. WE MAKE THE ROAD BY WALKING will surely be a benefit and blessing to many."―Tony Jones (tonyj.net), theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch, author of The Church Is Flat
"I love this book, because through each page you will hear the whisper of Jesus echo in your heart. You will find yourself taken on a journey that will make you more alive, more loving, and with a bigger vision for changing the world. I'm buying copies for all my friends!"―Canon Mark Russell, CEO, Church Army UK and Ireland
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With that being said, McLaren and I agree on most of his talking points. I found his assessment of the poor in our societies, the gross injustices and abuses that we as Christians should be taking an honest look at, to be valuable. He obviously is a thoughtful and deeply engaged Christian man. The points I disagreed with him on are centered mostly around his uncompromising adherence to liberation theology and nonviolence. Again, much good has come from liberation theology and nonviolence, but I find that the constant, unrelenting use of liberation theology as a filter to promote a heavily politicized (read: polarized) Christianity to be unpalatable. Such filtering feels, at times, like a hijacking, as if liberation theology's proponents would like to force their brand of Christianity.
I tend to be simplistic in my own personal faith, avoiding dogma and doctrines, preferring to do Greek and Hebrew close word studies, and prayerfully come to my own conclusions about things. Along that vein, I don't think Jesus was a socialist or a Democrat, nor was he a capitalist or a Republican.Read more ›
We Make the Road by Walking is a travelers guide that we can use together as friends, families, and communities, that grants each pilgrim the freedom to make there own way, together. Brian provides a complex, deeply biblical narrative theology that starts with creation and genesis and treks through the entirety of the Bible. We Make the Road by Walking challenges us to read the text aloud in large sections, to draw connections through the beginning, middle, and end, to trace meta-narratives that weave their way along the path, and as we find ourselves, our neighbors and our enemies in the text to draw deeply on the connections we make individually and communally.
We Make the Road by Walking is Brian’s one year lectionary, his comprehensive biblical narrative theology, his guide to communities of seekers, questioners, vagabonds, doubters, and free agents.Read more ›
“Aliveness” is a wonderful description for the type of existence Jesus wishes to share. Where the Synoptic gospels speak of the Kingdom of Heaven, the Gospel of John prefers terminology like life, life of the ages, life to the full (all much more precise translations than “eternal life”). How are we to understand the Kingdom, then? Some possibilities that resonate with our current-day language: how about The global commonwealth of God. Maybe God’s regenerative economy. Perhaps God’s beloved community or God’s holy ecosystem. You get the idea. We’re talking about a transformation of this world, not a distant kingdom in the sky.
McLaren is a liberal Christian. He is not going to preach doctrine, and in fact, even an atheist could be inspired to a more wholesome, meaningful life by Jesus. Nor does McLaren delve in church theology. You won’t be taught you’re a horrible sinner in need of repentance and covering by the salvific blood of a sacrificed god. You won’t be taught that life’s purpose is to guess which religion to believe in, so that after you die you can float away to heaven. Instead, you’ll be reminded that God’s creation is good, we are good, life is good, and aliveness is an attainable dream. Jesus taught us how.
I’m a fan of McLaren’s straight-forward, inspirational writing. Definitely worth reading.
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I have just finished using this book for the last year with a small group. We felt that McLaren does an amazing job of being relevant to us personally, and in the larger context of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The title itself is refective of the changing landscape and provides a guide that both individuals and congregations can use to practice their faith.Published 2 months ago by Glad R. McCurtain
I am using it in a study group and it is generating good conversations and insights.Published 2 months ago by D. Hollinger-L
Rather, useless; especially when combined with poor instruction. The content seems to come across as half truth and half fabrication. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Feng tai da
A beautifully written walk through all four seasons of the Bible beginning with Advent. It has been an amazing way to help interpret the ancient texts.Published 3 months ago by Kathryn E. Hayden
Beautifully and clearly written, inspiring and fascinating--ALIVE IN ALIVENESS.Published 3 months ago by pam
MacLaren is still peddling his Christianity Lite nonsense, which he claims is not dogmatic, except that he is extremely dogmatic on just about everything (the environment, gay... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Namyriah