A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey

A New Kind of Christian A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey A Leadership Network Publication A New Kind of Christian s conversation between a pastor and his daughter s high school science teacher reveals that wisdom for life s most pressing spiritual questions

  • Title: A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey
  • Author: Brian D. McLaren
  • ISBN: 9780787955991
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Leadership Network Publication A New Kind of Christian s conversation between a pastor and his daughter s high school science teacher reveals that wisdom for life s most pressing spiritual questions can come from the most unlikely sources This stirring fable captures a new spirit of Christianity where personal, daily interaction with God is important than institutA Leadership Network Publication A New Kind of Christian s conversation between a pastor and his daughter s high school science teacher reveals that wisdom for life s most pressing spiritual questions can come from the most unlikely sources This stirring fable captures a new spirit of Christianity where personal, daily interaction with God is important than institutional church structures, where faith is about a way of life than a system of belief, where being authentically good is important than being doctrinally right, and where one s direction is important than one s present location Brian McLaren s delightful account offers a wise and wondrous approach for revitalizing Christian spiritual life and Christian congregations.If you are interested in joining a discussion group devoted to a A New Kind of Christian please visit groups.yahoo group NKOC.

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    1. An important (if occasionally corny) book that will be seen as eye-opening and challenging by a lot of people and downright dangerous by othersA little personal background. I first read this book when I was 16 or 17--I'm 24 now--and it was a real eye-opener for me at the time. It was one of a few books I read as a young Christian that taught me that it was okay to have the doubts I was having and still try to lead a life of faith.A lot has happened since then, of course. Starting around age 20 o [...]

    2. Now, I think I probably rated this lower than others, but here's why.1. this book was probably much more profound when it came out in 2001, unfortunately, i am reading in in 2011. some of his "innovative" new ideas are not so profound anymore. I'm not sure if that from the influence of this book though or from the influence of the various sources that influenced him.2. he is not a fiction writer. i think he could have done just fine in a non-fiction format, but he tried to make it a fiction inte [...]

    3. The best part about this book was the fact that I no longer feel alone. To hear a main line church leader express things that I have thought / felt for years was freeing. Very very good book. Especially for someone questioning all they have been taught from their childhood.

    4. Postmodern Christianity. This is all a bit new and uneasy for me. It will take more reading and more thought for me to form a reasonable, defend-able position about it. That said, much of what Neo and Dan talk about makes sense. - Instead of us reading the Bible, letting the Bible read us. Leaving aggressive analysis behind and "trusting God to use it to pose questions to us about us."- Seeing the Bible as a contextual document. - Modernity as an era defined by certain characteristics:Conquest a [...]

    5. I'm in the minority with my thoughts on this book as related to those people I read the book with and participated in many discussions with. But, that's part of what I think this book intends: discussion with no commitment to resolution for fear of offending or excluding those who don't share our exact beliefs. The redeeming quality of this book is that it presents ideas worth considering when thinking outside the box of Christian faith. How we worship, is it okay to think outside of what we're [...]

    6. This book is a welcome invitation for modern evangelical and fundamentalist Christians to positively re-think what it means to be a Christian in our time. Trust God and drop your guard when you read it. It won't make a 'liberal' out of you. The more liberal side of Christianity comes in for some good criticism in the book, but I don't think the book is written for them and I doubt they will be helped much by it. One doesn't have to accept all the ideas this book offers to see that many of them r [...]

    7. This book functions as a Socratic dialogue regarding how our faith could look in a postmodern context. The book tackled a lot of questions that I found most Christians I know would not want to tackle, which is why I respect it. The topics conversed over a lot of Christian subjects that I have been wrestling with over the years. The book didn't solve all of my "problems" or questions, but at least I was able to read something that addressed the questions with humility and fairness.I only gave it [...]

    8. I realize that I'm kind of in the minority here, but yeah, I HATED this book. I had a really hard time getting through it, simply because I thought it so poorly written, and I didn't really find any of the ideas all that new or interesting (although I did find some of them disturbing). I understand that a lot of people really connected with it, and, in fact, the reason my husband and I read it in the first place is because people in the new church we were going to thought so highly of it. But, s [...]

    9. This book was my "red pill". I've never been able to look at Christianity the same way after reading this book. The second one was even crazier and I had to put it up for a while, because it was rocking my world way too much. If you are brave, and not afraid for your beliefs to be challenged, examined, tested, then you have GOT to read this book. If not, take the blue pill and pretend nothing ever happened!

    10. Fantastic perspective of Christianity from one of the foremost leaders of Post-Modern Christianity. Several of McLaren's conclusions are revolutionary and will appear, to many, heretical. Nevertheless, in an age of condemnation and the depreciation of brotherly love among Christians as a whole, I find McLaren to be both refreshing and honest. I recommend this book to anyone interested in reviewing their own Christianity.

    11. I was just telling a friend about this earlier this week. It was about twelve years ago that I read it but it was a crucial book for me at that time. It liberated me from the fundamentalism of my youth. I don't know how it holds up over time but I will always hold it dear for what it did for me when I read it back then.

    12. Challenging read--not necessarily challenging to understand but a challenge to think through! In many ways I think it isn't so much "new" thinking but a call to return to an authentic following of JesusInspires further thought, study, contemplation.

    13. I've read the whole trilogy. If you are open to questions about Christianity, or you've figured out that your parents religion isn't working for you, these are grea reads and very thought provoking.

    14. Brian Mclaren believes that the church, thoroughly enmeshed as it is in modernism, is becoming increasingly irrelevant to a culture that is moving away from modernism and toward a new paradigm of postmodernism. To be able to speak to a culture that is well underway in making the transition, he argues that the church must also embrace this worldview. The problem is, he never gives us anything close to an adequate description of postmodernism. He doesn't tell us that its main feature is the repudi [...]

    15. When I first read this book to myself a few years ago, it and its sequels opened my eyes to a new way of believing. In the intervening years I have travelled further along that path and I now find myself with a much more comfortable and inclusive faith based on the love and acceptance that I see in the Jesus of the New Testament and on the subversive God of justice that underlies the whole of the Bible. This book is written as a fictionalised account of a growing relationship between a worn-down [...]

    16. OK, I gotta be honest here. I don't remember reading this book. That should probably tell you something about it. Either I never got around to reading it (it is in my library) or I started it and never finished, or I read it, liked some stuff and then forgot about it. It may have been the second option since, I have to admit, I'm not a McLaren fan. I'm too theologically conservative to be totally comfortable with his point of view. Anyhow, I'm going to leave it on my list so it won't appear that [...]

    17. I first was recommended this book when hearing a talk by Rob Bell where he talked about how A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey effected his spiritual journey so I figured taking a walk down this path would at least be an interesting read. As a start I spent most of my 20's as a student of Youth Ministry at and I can't tell you how many books I was assigned on ministering to the Post-Modern culture. Each book described post-modernism as a dangerous and post-Chri [...]

    18. Told primarily thru a fictional story, but with an introductory section as nonfiction to frame the ideas, this was an examination of Christianity and ways to move Christian theology forward (post-modern) rather than keeping stuck to ideas from the past. Despite attempts at being inclusive across all of Christianity, it is very much skewed towards either evangelical or more mainstream if slightly conservative Protestantism. Whether because of when the book was written or simply because I already [...]

    19. I read this right around my 53rd birthday and it had a great effect on me. It started me down the path of investigating postmodern and emergent Christianity. It was what I'd been looking for since my early twenties when I began having questions for which I could not find answers.

    20. A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLarenLet me start by saying that I hesitate to even write a review of this book because there stands a chance that even posting a picture of this book on my blog might lead someone to think that I am endorsing Brian McLaren. I am not endorsing Brian McLaren or this book!!! However, I do understand the necessity to stretch myself, and think differently, and read widely from different people. So I read this book to do those things, and also to help keep myself ab [...]

    21. This was my first introduction to the idea that people thought differently at various times throughout history. That alone made it a five star book for me as it started me on an intellectual journey that has branched out into several areas.It was also a book that helped stop the spinning in my head for a little while due to the cognitive dissonance I often feel in relation to areas of faith.

    22. A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual JourneyYou and I are on a spiritual journey. However, this journey extends beyond individual experience. It’s a journey beyond our church experience, even beyond our national and cultural experience. God is taking us by the hand to lead us on a journey through history and beyond; we are entering a new day. This book is a brilliant portrayal of our journey out of the 500-year period of history called Modernity into a new period referred to Post-modernity. Th [...]

    23. I am exactly the audience this book is supposed to connect with. I was right there in the young evangelical circles who were being most affected by the ideas contained in this book. And I was dissatisfied with what I was finding. The book does connect with me to an extent. To be sure, when it was written in 2001 I think yes, cutting edge, very strong, beneficial challenge to mainstream evangelicalism (though I was not ready for it). Since then there has been quite a few groundbreaking books in a [...]

    24. Even though the Emergent Church movement seems to be over, at least as a singular entity, the concerns that gave rise to this phenomenon, halting and awkward and diffuse as it was, have not dissipated. The culture we live in is still different from the 'modern' world of the twentieth century, and people (at least in the west, which is the culture we live in) still ask different questions. And I do not really think conventional christianity has evolved from 'modern' sensibilities enough to really [...]

    25. My first impression was of this book's title: how pretentious! "A New Kind of Christian"? Really? *Eye Roll* But then I started to read it, and couldn't stop.First, if you're someone who feels the need to be right all the time, you should probably just stop here. There's nothing for you past this point. Seriously, I'm not kidding. You should move on.Ok then I often listen to audio books vs reading them in my spare time. This book is mostly a conversation between two men, a disillusioned white pa [...]

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