Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Review of the Red Letter Revolution by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo

Red Letter Revolution: What if Jesus Really Meant what he said?
by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo
ISBN 978-4002-0418-2
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Reviewed by Clint Walker

Red Letter Revolution is a thoughtful conversation by two friends and Christian leaders about what it would be like if believers focused like a laser on knowing and obeying the words of Christ in Scripture. The book covers a wide range of topics, and reads as a dialogue between Shane Claiborne (of the Simple Way) and Tony Campolo (Professor Emeritus at Eastern University and Shane's college professor).

The authors cover a wide range of topics, and hit several hot button issues. The issues are divided into three categories: Red Letter Theology, Red Letter Living, and a Red Letter world. In the process, most will find themselves agreeing with the authors often, challenged by them often as well, and once in a while passionately disagreeing with them.

This book would be an interesting book to have in a Sunday School class that is issue driven. For many in the class, they would discover a different perspective on many of their pet topics, and almost everyone would be challenged by the radical nature of the gospel.

For most readers, this would be a quick, informative book that would spark conversation. A nice addition to anyone's library.

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