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.
Years back I read the book Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski; my older brother had read it and then suggested that I do the same. It was interesting, challenging, and truly inspiring. But…I was 14. It was like a spark that never became a flame. It created a desire to act, to experience, and to live out my faith. But soon, over time, all that faded and I continued my regular life of a teenager.
In his book, Mike and his friend Sam are just average middle class Christian guys who decide to go from comfort and wealth to poor, hungry, dirty, ignored homelessness. All by choice. All because they wanted to see if their faith could handle themselves being uncomfortable.
Like I said, for me, this book was inspiring. Then I moved on with “my life” and never did a thing. This is why I think I’m so in love with the idea behind GO! Camp.
I was 14, got inspired, and then just let it all fade away into nothingness.