Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne
Politics for Ordinary Radicals

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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.

About Shane Claiborne

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Shane Claiborne, activitist and author of The Irresistible Revolution and Jesus for President, and coauthor of Common Prayer, is a founder of The Simple Way, a community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Chris Haw, an aspiring potter, carpenter, painter, and theologian, lives in Camden, NJ, with his wife, Cassie, and his fellow community members.
Published March 3, 2008 by Zondervan. 348 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction

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The publisher describes JESUS FOR PRESIDENT as a "radical manifesto to awaken the Christian political imagination," and those eight words are about as accurate a description of this book as you're likely to find.

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Huffington Post

The Bible, as read by Claiborne and Haw, is the story of a God who never gives up on humanity, no matter how bad we screw things up down here.

Apr 01 2008 | Read Full Review of Jesus for President: Politics...

Huffington Post

Shane Claiborne has an exciting new book out called Jesus for President, this one co-authored with co-conspirator Chris Haw.

Mar 24 2008 | Read Full Review of Jesus for President: Politics...


But I could not make the statement that “no one who is a soldier can be a faithful Christian.” For even though I believe they are wrong, not only to engage in a violent profession, but to surrender to others the right to determine whether their actions are moral or not, the fact still remains th...

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His is a theology and practice for the people of God, not a set of suggestions for empire.” I visited a New Monastic community in New York City—part of the movement Claiborne leads—and the members’ resumes exemplified this community-centered idealism: a community organization staffer, a 30-yea...

Aug 31 2008 | Read Full Review of Jesus for President: Politics...

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