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There is a church not too far from us that recently added a $25 million addition to their building. Our local newspaper ran a front-page story not too long ago about a study revealing that one in five people in our city lives in poverty. This is a book about those two numbers.

It's a book about faith and fear, wealth and war, poverty, power, safety, terror, Bibles, bombs, and homeland insecurity. It's about empty empires and the truth that everybody's a priest, it's about oppression, occupation, and what happens when Christians support, animate, and participate in the very things Jesus came to set people free from. It's about what it means to be a part of the church of Jesus in a world where some people fly planes into buildings, while others pick up groceries in Hummers.

©2008 Rob bell and Don Golden (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Not my favourite, but still worth listening to.

I don’t think I would say this is my favourite Rob Bell book, but it’s still worth a read.
Definitely listen till the end- he ties it all up.

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  • Jon
  • 2012-08-27

Purpose of the Church

What did you love best about Jesus Wants to Save Christians?

Towards the end of the book, Bell addresses and defines the Eucharist. This interpretation is one I have never heard. I find his investigation deep, enlightening, and challenging. He also gives an awesome definition of the Church and how believers should respond as both a part of the community and as an individual. Bell does a great job summing up what following Christ is all about and in readdressing what "Christianity" should look like. His pithy comments also help move the book along.

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  • A. Curtis
  • 2018-01-24

Not as awesome as other Rob Bell books

This is full of scriptures and Christianeese language which is a bit different for those used to Rob Bell books. The references to Bible passages might go right over the head of someone who hasn’t studied the Bible at all. It is worded in a way that the elders in my church would appreciate, but if I may speak for millions of people: my generation of Christians is ready to hear it straight.

I feel like this book dances around a lot of really great concepts but it doesn’t have the courage to really challenge the reader. Although, some of this book will offend older Christians and perhaps challenge some of their hard fought ideas, for others it will reads as a wordy sermon.

Of course I’m saying this years after it was written - and it might have been super relevant closer to the era of George W Bush’s “Christianity” and initial war with Iraq.

I did really love the “new exodus” concept, the “me too” sermon, and the idea of Solomon turning out to be a lot like Pharaoh.

I’d like to see this book re-hashed and more daring. Perhaps it could be called “Jesus vs. Empire” because that was the strongest message in the book imo.

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  • michael miller
  • 2019-06-28

Read the whole thing

This is a book that ties it all together in the end. Give it a chance.

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  • CMC
  • 2019-04-27

Well done!

This fresh commentary on the Old Testament and how it relates to the Jesus story is a must read for anyone genuinely interested in modern spirituality. I've read and enjoyed other books by Bell, but this one tops my list.

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  • SuperBabe
  • 2019-01-07

Now THIS is a story I can get behind!

Love how they tell this story. *So* understandable from someone who left "the church" knowing there had to be more. Also, their ad lib during reading is great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-23

Try to read....

this and not be changed. The audiobook is so powerful. Listening to the authors' voices I think makes a big difference.

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  • W.U. PreventGBV
  • 2018-01-04

Another liberating, inspiring, illuminating read

Chewing on it still. Such a prescient book for.our times. So well constructed and grounded in sound theology. Wish the chirch would hear it...but perhaps it has and the rest are just busy with their bricks and temples and walls.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-12-16

The Church

Great insight into the church and its role in the world. A great narration too.

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  • Les Dossey
  • 2015-10-21

Listen with your bones ... With the depth of your soul

This revealing look at the human condition shines light where darkness has reigned since human life began.

The message will inform your understanding, align beautifully with your personal experience and liberate your future. If you decide to listen with your bones ... With the depths of your soul.

Amen!

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  • Jim
  • 2015-03-26

A great story told a new way

I liked it and for me it was thought provoking. Some will find it too liberal. But I was looking for a new view of what the church could be. Two thumbs up!!

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