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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,227 ratings  ·  111 reviews
How do the life and teachings of Jesus address the most critical global problems in our world today?

In "Everything Must Change, "you will accompany Brian around the world on a search for answers. Along the way you'll experience intrigue, alarm, challenge, insight, and hope. You'll get a fresh and provocative vision of Jesus and his teachings. And you'll see how his core me
Paperback, 327 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published October 1st 2007)
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Jenny Jeffries
Apr 01, 2013 Jenny Jeffries marked it as to-read
A friend kindly sent this to me, and I'm taking a huge swing out of my current reading themes to some to grips with some global issues I've been ignoring for a long time. . .
Very interesting. That was my first review because I was too tired that day to articulate what I was thinking upon finishing the book. It's still hard to articulate. Reading this book stretched the way I think of scripture & Jesus. I don't know that I agree with all of it, but I do think its a valuable, important book to read and think about. The ideas are not so radical to me as they are to a lot of reviewer's I've seen, and I agree with him more than I disagree with him.

He has presented a
I have read a couple of "emergent" authors and usually I identify with there issues. My struggle is usually with their solutions.

With this book, I completely disagree with almost everything he says. This is dangerous stuff and it is nothing but Liberal Christianity remade for today.

First, all of his arguments make plent of sense if you don't believe the Bible. His arguments are humanistic and horizontal as opposed to the Godly vertical message in the Bible.

Second, McLaren seems to hate Western
Chad Cantrell
A great and inspiring read. I really want to give this a 5-star rating, but the call to action that McLaren urges seems slightly undermined by the fact that he doesn't offer a lot of practical ways for us to contribute to his vision. There is a lot here, though, and I do highly recommend it. McLaren recounts his experiences in poverty-stricken villages and cities around the world, offering touching testimonials from people who truly need things to change. He then proceeds to outline the world's ...more
Not as readable for me as the "New Kind of Christian" trilogy, but lots of challenging stats to wrestle with. It's exciting to think that we're on the cusp of a great revolution in the church...I hope we can come through!
I liked what he had to say, although there was not a whole lot of new information but I found it to be poorly written. I'm just not a big fan of McLaren's writing style but I do like his worldview.
"Jesus replies, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."...It's interesting - astonishing, really - that Jesus doesn't simply say, "Nothing will be impossible for me," or "Nothing will be impossible with God." Instead he says, "Nothing will be impossible for you." This is our call to action, our invitation to move mountains and so reshape the social and spiritua ...more
Andrew Fox
Mclaren certainly made me think. I am not a practitioner in global crisis thinking in my ministry context. Admittedly, he loses me throughout the book by reverting back to a `better world' mentality. This came to light in his comparison of the conventional view and emerging view of the world. "...the conventional view can lead people to celebrating humanity's progress in self-destruction rather than to turn it around." 1 I agree with his method of comparing both views but he does not clearly giv ...more
I did a long summary of this in part because I wanted to keep notes for myself on key parts of this, so you can skip down to the stars if you want my opinion without the summary. :)

Hmmm. I think I liked the overall idea of the book, at least in the way that it was framed, with the concept that our society is made up of three interlocking systems that are there to fulfill legitimate and important desires: the prosperity system, the security system, and the equity system. However, these systems ha
There is a genre of books - often American - written by Christians who have reacted against the conservative version of Christianity with which they grew up. McClaren's book is of that type. What I find fascinating about this genre is that these books frequently express the authors' new convictions with far greater clarity and power than those who have always seen Christianity in that way. It's a case of converts being more zealous than those who are born into the "faith". This book is uncomprom ...more
I just finished reading "Everything Must Change" by Brian McLaren. I've enjoyed all of Brian's books as he is a contemplative thinker and not swayed by what is popular, but by what he believes. Cathy and I sat with him once at a publisher's dinner and we both we're affected at how peaceful he was and how gentle his ideas flowed across the table.

McLaren's book is a methodical look at what must change and how it could change starting with people of faith if we all make a choice:

A choice to stop b
Det er den første bog, jeg har læst af Brian McLaren, og det har tog mig næsten et halvt år at få den læst færdig.
For det første, har jeg læst mange bøger sideløbende, for det andet har det været en småirriterende bog.

McLaren bruger de første kapitler på at undskylde, at han er så provokerende - hvilket han overhovedet ikke er på mig. Derefter kommer han med nogle forklaringer på hvordan forskellige systemer i samfundet fungerer, og hvordan de bør ændres. Selvom jeg ikke helt udholdt at sætte mi
Matt Richter
This book is quite extraordinary. I learnt so much about how our world operates. and subsequently how its systems of prosperity, equity and security are working together in what is aptly described as a suicide machine. at times i was shocked and overwhelmed at learning just how much trouble we are really in. McLaren then shows how Jesus has addressed these crises. He presents a fresh (and what i found abundantly refreshing) perspective & explanation of Jesus' teaching and message. An alterna ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. Brian has had a great impact on me through his writings and in the very rich time I got to spend as a student of his at Fuller Seminary. I love what Brian is doing in bringing the words and deeds of Jesus to bear on these crucial global questions of consumption, war, and justice. And he frames them so well - the prosperity system, the security system, and the equity system - and has some excellent thoughts on how we move forward on these issues as followers ...more
Tim Cowley
Brian McLaren's writings first become known to me through "Generous Orthodoxy" and it was, for me, a refreshing read focusing on the strengths of the various Christian church 'brands', as they were, instead of trying to convince the reader what is wrong with everyone else's versions of Christianity.

My own path of church attendance and denominational affiliation boils down to what my parents chose for those first 17 years of my life. We started out as Independent Fundamental Baptists then gradual
Scott Holstad
I tend to like Brian McLaren books and this one had potential. Unfortunately, I think it ultimately falls short of its goal, which is to educate us to an alternative way of acting with and within the world, in a God-centered fashion according to the principles of Jesus -- his radical teachings being given as framework from which to start from.

McLaren does an interesting comparison between the conventional church and the emerging church early on. In asking why Jesus was important, he writes of th
The first words I uttered upon finishing this book were, "Thank goodness." Not that it was written and offered a fresh viewpoint on a believer's role in the world, but that is was over. I've read other books by McLaren and have appreciated his depth of theological knowledge and his insight into the current cultural war over authentic religion, however this book was painful.

1) Style- The writing oscillates between a collection of well-researched statistics lined up to prove a point and the last p
I don't often just leave books with no intention to go back to them, but when I've had to borrow it from the library twice for multiple renewals each time and I still can't get more than 1/2 way through, it's time to put it down.
I started reading because I was curious about the author's views and what he thinks Jesus would say about our current situation. What I've found is that I really don't agree with him much at all. He seems to be taking a very wide view on things, when my impression of Je
I read this one a few years ago and loved it. In the Bible, Jesus talks about "the Kingdom of God." In this book, Mr. McClaren describes what that might actually look like in the 21st century. My biggest takeaway from this book was the idea of the suicide machine: war, poverty, injustice, and climate change all working together to destroy our civilization. Excellent, hopeful book that had a profound impact on my thinking. Brian McClaren is awesome.
John Powell
Great analysis of what we must think about in terms of social justice. McLaren, part of the Emerging Church culture, writes short chapters for groups who want to discuss his concern that we need to think about two big questions:
1. What are the biggest problems in the world?
2. What would Jesus say about these global problems?

McLaren will be liked by progressives as he challenges the "theocapitalists" who make the market their God. He says, though, that we must opt out of the current liberal/con
I have been anticipating this book for awhile, and I found it to be very refreshing. Some of McLaren's books feel as if they are simply stating what the last book said in a different format ... but not this book. He does an excellent job providing a model by which christians can interact with global crises in a systemic manner without becoming overwhelmed.

Strengths of the book: Provides historical context for Jesus' interactions, addresses the 'kingdom of god', nicely articulated list of current
Dave Lester
Brian McLaren is back with more of his wishy-washy, trying to reach the broadest possible audience (and not offend anyone) nonsense. This book really felt pathetic in a lot of ways. In some ways, McLaren does exactly what the Christian right does. He tries to take complicated political issues of the 20th and 21st century and support it with Biblical backup. He does talk about important issues but does so in very simplistic ways for the most part.

He talks about 4 crisises that the world faces tha
The subtitle of this book helps explain the message of this book: "Jesus, Global Crisis and a Revolution of Hope." This first section was a bit slow for me and I had to plod my way through it. My husband, Jim, read it first, and encouraged me to read it. (I get many of my religious book suggestions from him). I read it with a good friend of mine. We would read a chapter each week and then discuss it over the phone (she lives in PA). McLaren's book inspired me to really look at what is going on ...more
Neil Hollow
Not everyone likes Brian's theology, I personally think he is wrong to emphasise so much the social aspects of our faith, I think Jesus predominately came for salvation although I think as NT Wright said at Greenbelt what happens between the bookends of his birth and resurrection is very important (almost as salvation after all its part of it).

Having said that my minister invited him to preach at our church when he launched this book, which means he considers him non heretical and this is a very
i would have given this book five stars, but i still think mclaren doesn't go far enough. he's still so afraid of making conservative evangelicals mad that he hedges his bets and doesn't word things strongly enough. he also gets close to daniel quinn but shows that he hasn't read quinn's work, which i think is a great loss as it would benefit his thinking.

this book is definitely good, he says some really great stuff. the ending leaves a lot to be desired though, as you can tell that he has no re
Michael Hsu
As a Christian, I agree with most of what is conveyed in the book even though many of the messages I have heard before. I was hoping to get an “ah-ha” moment…something I can take away and reflect on which didn’t happen. Nonetheless, I’m still glad to have read the book. But for a reader who is less religious, the messages in this book may come across as too idealistic....something you are likely to hear during the “love generation”.
Carol Brusegar
I listened to the audio version of the book and have purchased the paperback. There's so much I want to highlight and use that the audio wasn't sufficient.

This is an extensive look at the world and Christianity in our times that provides a view that is challenging and stimulating to those of us who are seeking to make our faith and our church an active, growing, becoming reality.

Wonderful book!!
Ron Cammel
I'm trying to gauge how impactful this book is on my thinking. It certainly was inspiring, but will that last? In any case, McLaren forces the reader to rethink our culture, our daily lives, our beliefs and what Christians are asked to do. I was afraid he was trying to write a "here's the answer to all the world's problems" book, but he admits no one knows if what he proposes will change the world. I think it could.

Many Christians will disagree with McLaren, but I find in him an authentic faith.
A thoughtful book. Author chastises Christians for focusing almost solely on divisive issues. He challenges us to move beyond these issues and focus on several important Global issues, through which all the people of the Earth can be blessed. Issues include: Being good stewards of this Planet, Poverty, The widening gap between have's and have not's, improving relationship between the religions. He uses Jesus life as a blueprint citing how he reached out to Samaritans and Caananites of his day, s ...more
Along with The Secret Message of Jesus this book gives us a deep look into what drives Brian Mclaren. New Mclaren readers should start with his New Kind of Christian series, but his last two books are well-written and thought provoking. I am truly inspired by what he writes and find it to be a good corrective to over-emphases among evangelicals on certain things. At the same time, my fear is that in correcting some who go too far in one direction he risks going too far in the other direction. So ...more
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“So we must realize this: the suicidal framing story that dominates our world today has no power except the power we give it by believing it. Similarly, believing an alternative and transforming framing story may turn out to be the most radical thing any of us can ever do.” 3 likes
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