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  • Series: Shapevine
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801013437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801013430
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's time to get serious about discipleship

In this provocative and compelling book, internationally known missiologists Alan and Debra Hirsch cast a dynamic vision of mission-shaped discipleship. Untamed exposes the idolatrous clutter that fills our lives and seeks to recapture what it means to be authentic followers of Jesus. Each chapter ends with suggested practices to help you start living out the book's principles, as well as questions for group discussion.

"A desperately needed shot of spiritual adrenaline into our mild-mannered and mediocre attempts at following Christ."--from the foreword by Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life

"You may find yourself uncomfortable with this book. If so, the Hirsches have succeeded. . . . It is a call to live a life that has stories to tell . . . to be untamed in your faith and in pursuit of the wild Savior, Jesus."--from the afterword by Neil Cole, author of Organic Leadership

"This dynamic duo gives prophetic voice to what it means to become missional, outwardly-focused followers of Jesus. This is a book to be read and wrestled with."--Margaret Feinberg, MargaretFeinberg.com; author of Scouting the Divine and The Organic God

"Alan and Debra Hirsch are prophets to a church imprisoned by domesticated, consumer values. Untamed is a vision of life with Jesus that goes beyond what other authors have covered."--Skye Jethani, author of The Divine Commodity; managing editor of Leadership Journal

"Refreshing, grounded, thoughtful . . . tantalizing."--Reggie McNeal, missional specialist, Leadership Network, Dallas, Texas; author of The Present Future and Missional Renaissance

"The demand for an intelligible path toward discipleship is one of the greatest needs of the post-Christendom church. In Untamed, Alan and Debra deliver beautifully." --Gabe Lyons, founder of Q and co-founder of Catalyst; coauthor of unChristian

"A captivating vision of the true Messiah. All who are unsatisfied with the boring safety of their tame Christianity need to read this book!" --Greg Boyd, senior pastor, Woodland Hills Church, St. Paul, Minnesota; author of Seeing Is Believing and Repenting of Religion

"Untamed is like Where the Wild Things Are applied to faith. The Hirsches encourage us to live life as a holy, messy adventure in the land of a loving God."--Sally Morgenthaler, author of Worship Evangelism and "Leadership in a Flattened World" in An Emergent Manifesto of Hope

"Untamed . . . is the fruit of a significant and penetrating analysis of American culture, candid conversations with key ministry leaders all over the U.S., and sheer gumption in holding up a flag for a radical, uncompromising discipleship. Untamed is the best book I have read this year."--Andrew Jones, developer, Church Mission Society;TallSkinnyKiwi.com

Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and co-founder of Shapevine. He is the author of The Forgotten Ways and The Forgotten Ways Handbook.

Debra Hirsch is a minister at Tribe of Los Angeles, an eclectic bunch of Missional artists and vagabonds in downtown L.A. She is also on the leadership team of Christian Associates International, a church-planting agency working on three continents.

About the Author

Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and co-founder of Future Travelers. He is a sought-after speaker and trainer who travels the world extensively sharing his missional church experience. He is the author of The Forgotten Ways and coauthor of ReJesus and The Shaping of Things to Come.

Debra Hirsch is a minister at Tribe of LA, an eclectic bunch of missional artists and vagabonds in downtown LA. She is also on the leadership team of Christian Associates International, a church-planting agency working on three continents.
The authors live in the Los Angeles area.

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It is a practical book as well as a well written one.
Matthew Morine
So they suggest investing our lives in people around us, affirming what is good, calling out what is better, and disciple them to become more like Jesus.
Darren Cronshaw
If you are tired of boring and predictable Christianity, this book is for you.
John M. Alexander

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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Halo Faire on March 15, 2010
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There's a lot going for this book in terms of ideas and in trying to capture a missional form of discipleship.But it seems like a lot of effort is needed in sorting out the "chaff" from the "wheat". I did appreciate the efforts and intended applications of the book, overall though it's follow through seems a little off and it results in a mixed bag of ideas.

The foundational opening chapters of Hirsch's book I found good and thought provoking.But it's when they then develop from that truth, that things get a little subjective and disappointing. Untamed says that the focus of all faith and discipleship is found in the person of Jesus. How we relate to God and to each other must be from a Messianic viewpoint. They explain (very well in my opinion) that the trouble in the church is that there is too much subjectivity about Jesus, we remake Him in our own image. Therefore we must go back to a 'Biblical' definition of the nature of Christ to have a "true" picture. Hirsch uses the "Shema" (Hear Oh Israel) statement of Jesus' teaching for their foundational truth , i.e. You must love God with all you heart and you neighbor as yourself. So far so good. Then "untamed" goes on in the next chapters to relate that to becoming disciples and followers of this Jesus.

But rather then and go look at the "biblical" definitions of what Discipleship should too look like. The Hirsch's use their personal walk of faith as a methodology for working out the faith. Which is very subjective and reliant of their personal "church' experiences in Australia and elsewhere. But doesn't the New testament in it's background and teaching gives us a clear definitive pictures of what discipleship should look like already ?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Oden VINE VOICE on April 6, 2010
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Over the last couple of decades the church in the West has been going through a significant transition away from established assumptions of Christendom in which there are cultural expectations of church involvement. Indeed, this realization has arisen long after the reality in the West has broken down many, if not most, peoples involvement with churches. It became clear that the church in the West was in need of a new stance, a missional stance, in which faithful disciples of Christ no longer waited in sheltered enclaves for outsiders to peek in and join up. This involves a new stance towards involvement in this wider society, bringing the light of Christ out and among the people. This goes well beyond church growth strategies, and may be just the opposite. It also goes well beyond evangelism, as a renewed reading of the Gospels and the whole Scriptures suggest a call to Christ's followers to be involved with others in significant, holistic ways.

With this dawning, missional realization the last couple of decades, and especially the last five or six years, have brought a large number of helpful texts and teachers who are asking significant questions and have helped contribute very useful guidance as those in church continues to stumble its way through this transition. I have read a number of these books, and indeed I've begun specializing in these approaches, focusing my attention on the impact on deeper aspects of theology that comes along with this renewed embrace of a holistic discipleship. I've been involved in churches, and I'm now working on an advanced degree in theological studies and church history. It is with all this practical and theoretical involvement behind me that I come to this book.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John M. Alexander VINE VOICE on March 9, 2010
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It's dangerous to label a person as a prophet with all the baggage this word comes with.

However, I completely agree with the several well-respected endorsements of Christian authors/thinkers who call Alan Hirsch, and his wife Debra, prophets of our time.

Untamed, Alan Hirsch's (along with his wife Debra) latest book, is a prophetic call to a wild, dangerous, and missional lifestyle modeled after the radical Jesus. It is a much-needed voice calling Jesus' bride, the Church, back to its original intention: To make radical disciples of Jesus.

In other words, "it's time to get serious about discipleship."

Few people have influenced my life more than Alan Hirsch. His previous books, ReJesus, The Forgotten Ways, and The Shaping of Things to Come, have all been extremely influential in calling people (especially me) back to a more wild, missional, generous, and challenging form of Christianity -- all centered and focused on the person, life, death, and resurrection of the God-man, Jesus Christ.

Hirsch writes (and speaks and lives) with a unique voice. It is all about the radical, the dangerous, the wild, the uncomfortable, the challenge, the missional. He doesn't write liberally or conservatively. He doesn't possess an emerging or a Calvinist or a Reformed or a liberal or even a MISSIONAL (a huge buzz-word right now) agenda. He addresses tough issues compassionately and fairly. He doesn't attempt to fit his agenda into God, Jesus, or Scripture.

Hirsch has one agenda: Jesus Christ.

His secondary agenda? To get people back to centering their lives NOT around Church, Protestantism, Liberalism, Emergent-ism, or anything else OTHER than JESUS CHRIST.
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