Book-A-Month - December 2009
I’ve been working on Jesus For President since early October, having received it for my birthday a couple of weeks beforehand from my dad. My initial impression was something along the lines of “wow, this book sure looks cool!”, and while that impression surely stuck for the next few hundred pages, it was merely a sub-text for a book filled with in-your-face analyses of Judeo-Christian history and sharp challenges as to what true discipleship means as a follower of Christ.
The authors, Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw, walk through the socio-political history of God’s Word(s) from Genesis to Revelation, and use it as a framework for discussing discipleship in the present tense. I spent much of the book thinking I’d approached parts of my life woefully backwards, and other parts of the book thinking “this is what I was raised to think - why does it feel so new?”.
Shane and Chris spin an excellent yarn here, and I’d strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in digging deeper into their walk with/for Christ. There is a lot more to say about this book, but my words would not do it justice. I do think, however, that I may read it again in a few months as a refresher.