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Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals (edition 2008)

by Shane Claiborne (Author), Chris Haw (Author)

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Jesus for President is a radical manifesto to awaken the Christian political imagination, reminding us that our ultimate hope lies not in partisan political options but in Jesus and the incarnation of the peculiar politic of the church as a people "set apart" from this world. In what can be termed lyrical theology, Jesus for President poetically weaves together words and images to sing (rather than dictate) its message. It is a collaboration of Shane Claiborne's writing and stories, Chris Haw's reflections and research, and Chico Fajardo-Heflin's art and design. Drawing upon the work of biblical theologians, the lessons of church history, and the examples of modern-day saints and ordinary radicals, Jesus for President stirs the imagination of what the Church could look like if it placed its faith in Jesus instead of Caesar. A fresh look at Christianity and empire, Jesus for President transcends questions of "Should I vote or not?" and "Which candidate?" by thinking creatively about the fundamental issues of faith and allegiance. It's written for those who seek to follow Jesus, rediscover the spirit of the early church, and incarnate the kingdom of God.… (more)
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Title:Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals
Authors:Shane Claiborne (Author)
Other authors:Chris Haw (Author)
Info:Zondervan (2008), Edition: Illustrated, 368 pages
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I was ready to dismiss a lot of this out-of-hand, (pacifism isn't very practical) but it turned out to be very challenging and quite convicting. Plus, it became surprisingly more relevant than it was when we began in August. ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |
Pretentious but it made me think. I need to read it again to really figure out what I think about what Claiborne says. ( )
  empress8411 | May 15, 2019 |
A genuinely cool book.

I found Jesus for President under the New Non-Fiction section of the library and couldn't help but check it out when I read the title. I didn't know what to expect from the book (there's no summary on the back) and decided immediately that that was part of the overall allure it presented. What I got was not exactly what I expected, but instead was something more fascinating.

Firstly, I have to praise the formatting of the book. The pictures and somewhat interactive footnotes make it a fascinating read. The content, also, was excellent. The book at first is a political history of the Bible that ties the ancient politics to present ones and offers a good compare/contrast of the two times. The final section of the book is the best, where it talks about practically implicating what it means to be a good Christian into today's world.

Jesus For President was difficult to get through at times (any fact heavy book is) but overall was an excellent examination of contradictory Christianity that goes above and beyond the norm by actually providing examples of how to consolidate this contradiction. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Bottom Line Up Front: Absolutely crucial for modern Christians in the US. Truly a challenge of what being a disciple of Jesus should look like.

I was, however, tempted to give it a lower rating based on the design of the book, but ultimately the message overshadowed any misgivings I have about its design. I wish it would have been a simple, boring old book, but they over-designed it. I am not sure the reason, but it seems silly. ( )
  JEPartrick | May 2, 2017 |
Certainly not perfect on an academic/thinker/senser level, but since I already agreed with most of what he has to say it served to inspire me. I mean, we all read our own agenda into the Bible one way or another anyway. ( )
  swampygirl | Dec 9, 2013 |
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Jesus for President is a radical manifesto to awaken the Christian political imagination, reminding us that our ultimate hope lies not in partisan political options but in Jesus and the incarnation of the peculiar politic of the church as a people "set apart" from this world. In what can be termed lyrical theology, Jesus for President poetically weaves together words and images to sing (rather than dictate) its message. It is a collaboration of Shane Claiborne's writing and stories, Chris Haw's reflections and research, and Chico Fajardo-Heflin's art and design. Drawing upon the work of biblical theologians, the lessons of church history, and the examples of modern-day saints and ordinary radicals, Jesus for President stirs the imagination of what the Church could look like if it placed its faith in Jesus instead of Caesar. A fresh look at Christianity and empire, Jesus for President transcends questions of "Should I vote or not?" and "Which candidate?" by thinking creatively about the fundamental issues of faith and allegiance. It's written for those who seek to follow Jesus, rediscover the spirit of the early church, and incarnate the kingdom of God.

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