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Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals Paperback – March 3, 2008
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Claiborne is radical. To some, 'radical' is bad, to others, refreshing. But there is no denying that his ideas and his lifestyle are counter-cultural and challenge the status quo. I do not believe this is always a bad thing (more on this later). We can all agree that something is wrong with politics in America today, especially Christians in politics today.
My biggest take-away was the "Third Way" idea he espouses throughout the book, the "prophetic imagination" that should be our primary posture in responding to the needs and challenges of our world today. I think a lot of people my age (18-24), especially Christians, feel torn between blind nationalism ("God bless America") and the angst-ridden anti-establishment attitude we see in the picket lines at anti-war demonstrations. There *has* to be another choice, right? Thankfully Claiborne lays this out pretty clearly, yet with enough room for imagination and creativity.
A note on design: this is one of the most beautiful and interesting books to read. Every page is unique and striking. Some of the text material would honestly be rather dull without all the artwork. This book gets 10 stars out of 5 for creativity in design.
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Put simply, Jesus for President is a wonder to behold. I've never seen a book designed with as much attention to detail and visual impact -- not on the outside, mind you; on the INSIDE. The only thing comparable is House of Leaves, the debut novel by American author Mark Z. Danielewski...and Sandman graphic novels designed by the incomparable British artist Dave McKean. Sure, Jesus for President contains regular text just as you'd expect to find in a book. But, in addition, this groundbreaking new book also sports hand-written margin notes, little doodles and drawings, photos with typewritten descriptions, pieces of fabric, pressed flowers, varying type-faces and -sizes, arrows drawn in ink pointing to important passages, circled words, underlines, pages that look as though somehow took a pink highlighter to them, and a bibliography so clever that it, alone, is worth the price of admission.
In other words, everything about this book screams "I HAVE BEEN CRAFTED WITH LOVE." You can pick up this book, turn to a page at random and simply enjoy what your eyes behold. If Jesus for President doesn't win an award for its design, attention to detail (recycled paper, printed in America), and its ability to grab -- and hold -- one's attention from the very first page, there is no God.
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specifically, they did not back up anything they said with data. apparently...
-all foreign products are made with slave labor
-any company that moves its production abroad is taking advantage of the poor
-buying plastics is evil
-christians get divorced more than nonchristians (this one is just false.)
-and many more...
i don't mind reading bold claims like that, but please back it up. i wish there had been data. i read this in an effort to challenge my typical thinking. unfortunately there was nothing except opinion, broad statements, and straw men arguments. the authors were no better than liberal or conservative talking heads on tv who spout the company line without depth and data.
one claim the authors made is that christians get divorced more than nonchristians. i know this is not true, from having read the numbers in "christians are hate-filled hypocrites, and other lies you've been told." (a book i highly recommend)
since i know that claim is false, what other claims in this book are false? unfortunately, they don't footnote important things so i don't know. they reserve footnotes for more soapboxes.
i just wish they had spent as much time presenting data as they did picking out the colors and doodles for each page.
yes, this is a strong review, but i want to engage in dialogue, not be preached at in a hollow way.
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bought this for a gift for a person who had really enjoyed Irresistible Revolution. They did not seem to enjoy this book as much.Published 1 month ago by Cinnabun
Forget everything you thought you knew about government and Christian belief and open your mind and soul. Read morePublished 2 months ago by KB
I heard this man, Claiborne, speak at a conference I attended. The book is as good as he was in person, almost! I am enjoying reading it.Published 3 months ago by bc
Too hard to read with each page being like a different art piece. Lost enthusiasm for it 50 pages in.Published 3 months ago by Abigail I. St Esprit
Indeed a challenging life that Shane offers for us. Unfortunately, not very realistic.Published 4 months ago by Robert Williams
I feel weird writing this review, mostly because I never finished this book. I got about 100 pages in before putting it down. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Danielle N. Karthauser
This book is very informative about the culture of first-century Judaism under Roman rule and how Jesus's words and actions would have been construed by his hearers in that... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ann Sherwin
As always, Shane Claiborne says what is truth. He does not cater to popular opinion or what he is "supposed to believe" as a Christian. Jesus cares about people. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jordan