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Brian D. McLaren is a prominent, controversial evangelical pastor. He was recognized as one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" in 2005, and is the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Maryland. Born in 1956, Brian McLaren graduated from the mostrar mais University of Maryland, College Park, with BA and MA degrees in English. After several years of teaching English and consulting in higher education, he left academia in 1986 to become the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, a nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. Many of the books that McLaren has authored, including the "A New Kind of Christian" trilogy, deal with Christianity in the context of the cultural shift towards a new emerging church movement. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Brian McLaren (foreground) and Tony Jones, Yale Theological Conversation, Yale Divinity School, February 2006; Photograph: Virgil Vaduva CC BY 2.5, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8898590


Obras de Brian D. McLaren

More Ready Than You Realize (2002) 546 cópias
The Church on the Other Side (2000) 479 cópias
The Justice Project (2009) 89 cópias
Reinventing Your Church (1998) 67 cópias
Cory and the Seventh Story (2018) 20 cópias
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Cory & the Seventh Story 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Leading From Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead (2007) — Contribuinte — 100 cópias
A New Kind Of Conversation (2006) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16

The author believes that many people who leave "the church" do not leave because they no longer want to follow Jesus. Rather, they leave so they can follow Jesus. This book does not advocate giving up church; in fact, community is promoted. However, many times we start to depend on church for our spiritual life and as more church-goers do this, the church becomes stagnant and relies more on being locked into tradition than on finding ways to open up to God's will. As the author states, “God can’t be contained by the structures that claim to serve him but often try to manage and control him.” This book tells us how we can turn ourselves and our churches back to serving God.

There are several questions at the end of each chapter and a Study Guide at the end of the book. Because I didn’t want to distract myself, I didn’t take the time to sit down and answer the questions. I will do so in the near future. I did read all the questions and one stood out for me. Part of the question reads: “Imagine that all church services were shut down and church buildings closed, all denominations disbanded. Imagine that the only way Christian faith could survive was through people living it and passing it on to others through friendship and daily informal interaction.” Living our faith, what a concept.

I enjoyed the author's friendly writing style. I firmly believe God wants us to enjoy life and it's clear that Mr. McLaren shares that belief. He includes personal stories and humor and is not afraid to make fun of himself. (Such as the fly-fishing lesson gone awry in which he described himself as a criminal caught in Spiderman’s net.) This turns what could have been a dry, hard-to-read book into an enjoyable, informative and thought-provoking book.

This book is written, not just for Christians, but also for Jews and Muslims.

The seven ancient practices are fixed-hour prayer, fasting, observing the Sabbath, the sacred meal, pilgrimage, observance of sacred seasons (the liturgal calendar), and giving.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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amandabeaty | outras 11 resenhas | Jan 4, 2024 |
After several other McLaren titles, I thought I'd enjoy this one. Maybe it's about timing, but the writing didn't engage me. His topic holds great potential, but the tone of the writer (see what I know/how I'm thinking) proved distracting to me.
rebwaring | outras 11 resenhas | Aug 14, 2023 |
This thought provoking look at the emergent church made for lively discussion in book group. The content suffers a bit with the author's attempt to embrace edgy, eclectic forms of writing, but it's still good stuff.
rebwaring | outras 17 resenhas | Aug 14, 2023 |
Much of what McLaren describes and names so well in the first half of the book hit that spot in me that recognizes truth. Ah-ha, I'm not the only one to think/feel/experience such and such. I found the views so compelling, I bought a copy of my own (because I'd started with a library book). Who doesn't appreciate knowing they are not alone?

And then the focus of the writing shifts to how-to. My momentum slacked, and I felt like I was in the weeds. This is most likely a reflection on my need/interest rather than on the topic or the writing.

I'm going to trust that timing matters and that when I'm ready, I'll find McLaren waiting to walk me through what comes next in living a life that is in tune with what I believe.
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rebwaring | outras 3 resenhas | Aug 14, 2023 |


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