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The Word of the Lord to Evangelicals [Kindle Edition]

Brian D. McLaren
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A stone's throw from Starbucks - Joe, homeless and a dead ringer for blues singer Robert Johnson, tells Wheaton College freshman Wendy Gullivan that He is God and has a message for the Evangelicals...a message He wants her to deliver.

He's depressed, he tells her, to the point of shutting down earthly operations – all thanks to the Evangelicals, especially the American ones.

Thinking the man crazy, Wendy walks aways and drifts back to life as usual. But in the months that follow, Wendy can’t get her brief encounter with Joe out of her mind. When her black-and-white, well-apportioned faith begins disintegrating, God decides to pay Wendy another visit . . . but this time it will change everything in the most unexpected way.

THE WORD OF THE LORD TO EVANGELICALS helps Americans, regardless of party affiliation, sift through the polemical rancor of the 2012 presidential elections and recover what has been lost to elected officials whose interests are controlled by their financial supporters.

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists. His groundbreaking books include A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, and Everything Must Change. Named by Time magazine as one of America's top twenty-five evangelicals, McLaren has appeared on Nightline and Larry King Live, and has been covered by the Washington Post and the New York Times.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Entertaining and very readable, but it shakes your complacent bones! We discover God in three very unlikely persons and Wendy has to revise her oh-so-conformist evangelical beliefs. Without rejecting 'that which is good' from her upbringing, she finds a way to put her faith into practice...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Painting with a Wide Brush October 15, 2012
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Let me first say that I have immense respect for Mr. McLaren. He helped me come to terms with some of my faith through his non-fiction book Finding Faith. This is the first time I have read his fiction stories, and as heartfelt this one was intended to be, its simplicity is lost on its audience.
So first, who is the audience? Well, this is a fairly simple book to read: vocabulary, context, ideas, and visual are great for keeping the reader captivated. What strikes me as a negative though is the fact that this is easy to read for teenagers. Why is this a bad thing? Well mainly because this age group is very impressionable. Is it a bad thing that Brian McLaren is trying to reach them? No, not at all. But many of them--including me at that age--hadn't discovered the negatives of being an Evangelical in its modern sense. Throughout this book, the author makes mention that the church needs to "quit worrying about fixing its image, and start focusing on serving the world." What does that sound like to a teenager? "Everything we do when serving as a Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, Assembly of God, *you name it* church is all done to make us look good, and not REALLY to serve." And with this we would all strongly disagree, but that is how that phrase--which is repeated as a theme in the book--sounds.
Second issue: the use of language. No, I'm not anti-cuss words--and I wouldn't say this book has "actual" cuss words(It uses sort of old style cursing such as "shat" instead of "crap" for modern people. However I personally think of cuss words being useful in certain settings, and this one is not. I believe this books message would have reached with or without the use of those particulars: especially since "shat" is much more distracting than "crap" for a modern reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So necessary! December 13, 2012
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Fun setting for hard truths. Wish more Christians would learn to separate the Gospel from culture and community tradition this way. Everyone should read, even those who oppose or dismiss Christianity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Been there, done that November 30, 2012
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I grew up in a conservative evangelical church and was surrounded by love.

But I questioned some of the condemning attitudes, and moved away from them during my life.

This book addresses many of the issues I've struggled with in my spiritual life. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Word of the Lord for YOU July 8, 2012
It has been a very long time since I was kept awake late into the night because I simply could not put down a book I was reading. Last night I began The Word of the Lord to Evangelicals at about 11pm and I could not stop until I finished it.

This book is actually quite short and easy to read. It tells the story of a college student named Wendy who meets a homeless man claiming to be God. As the story continues Wendy's faith and life are changed as she encounters "God" at different times throughout her educational career.

I am usually not a fan of books that use fictional stories to teach a lesson. I could not make it through A New Kind Of Christian which was McLaren's first of this type of book. The brevity of The Word of the Lord to Evangelicals seems to work to McLaren's advantage though. He concisely and aggressively makes his point about the problems of the evangelical world in a releatable way.

The book does not go into great detail about specific issues, rather, it fires at some of the broad identifying markers of the evangelical "bubble." For example, McLaren takes aim at the evangelical mandate to get people "saved." The book's God character says, "All this talk about saving sould and damning everything else-it did not come from me. That is something you guys made up."

To me, the most challenging part of the book takes several familiar Scripture passages and adjusts them to better reflect common evangelical interpretations. "For God so loved the church that he gave to himself his only Son, as a penal substitutionary sacrifice, so that those elect few who believe in this atoning doctrine would not suffer eternal, conscious torment in hell as a result of original sin. . . (Not John 3:16)"

This section of distorted Scripture is amusing, enlightening, and terribly challenging.

Make it the next book you read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars insightful November 1, 2013
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very insightful as to the mind of the evangelical. Loved the fictional approach to this it made for better understanding.
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