I recently received a complimentary copy of Red Letter Revolution by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo through BookSneeze, in return for an honest review. I am quite familiar with Claiborne’s other books, such as Irresistible Revolution and Jesus for President and I am also vaguely familiar with Tony Campolo’s blog Red Letter Christians.org. Therefore, I was naturally attracted to and curious about this book. The provocative front cover subtitle “What if Jesus really meant what he said?” is a question often posed by Claiborne through his books, public speaking, and articles. This exact question is also what drew me into wondering what could possibly happen when a young ‘ordinary radical’ such as Claiborne combines forces with an older veteran such as Campolo to answer this question.
This revolution has taken shape in many diverse, unforeseen, and mysterious forms. People are calling it this, defining it as that, attributing it to this guy or that gal, claiming that it is doing such and such and isn’t doing this and that…whatever.
It is now my attempt to contribute my thoughts to the conversation concerning this revolution because that is all I know to do. I’m a writer – I write. (Not that I really know what I am talking about because I don’t think I’m one of those that get it. But, I’m willing to try.) The point isn’t to inform you, because really all this is just me asking questions as I wonder. Every point is a wonder-point (I think I just made that up…. “wonder-point”) Anyways, that simply means that I am trying to wrap my mind around it all, knowing that I won’t succeed entirely (but I might partially) and so every point is worth discussing, debating, and debunking.