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Everything Must Change

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,709 ratings  ·  127 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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Aug 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: holy-moly
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
Nov 10, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jennifer Jeffries
Mar 28, 2008 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. . .
May 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Robert Irish
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is now almost ten years old, and it stands up remarkably well. I think that the review writers who read this back in 2007 are probably feeling a bit sheepish, because McLaren has been proven more right than mere coincidence would allow. The book is a powerful exploration of the systems of global destruction (he calls it the suicide machine). McLaren asks two overarching questions: what are the biggest global problems (and the ones he picks are still poignant today) and what does Jesus ...more
Jan 26, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 28, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith, borrowed
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
Chad Cantrell
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 21, 2008 rated it liked it
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!
Tim Cowley
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Bollinger
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the ideas behind this book. I think it's so important to rethink Christianity in a way that addresses the big crises of our time, and I tend to agree with the author's new, emerging theology as it addresses these issues. I wasn't a huge fan of his writing style, and in the end, it felt a bit reductionistic...wrapping up all the world's problem into a happy social justice-y Jesus package... but ultimately, I appreciated the thoughts, and ideas.
Lynn Bingaman
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book because it was on the SCHC reading list. I found it somewhat depressing as it describes the suicide machine which we have all become a part of. Even though this was published over 10 years ago it is just true, if not even more so, today as it was then. I wish he had given more concrete examples of what we can do.
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith
Great! Profound and thought provoking. I will be rereading parts again to continually reflect upon how I can change my life
John Henry
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Brian McLaren may be the most widely known proponent for the Emerging Church in the twenty-first century. A prolific writer articulating the journey out of the modern trappings of the Western Church, McLaren is an associate in Emergent Village. He now travels, speaks, writes, and learns especially from friends in Latin America and Africa, how to change our “inner ecology” (294) and therefore help create a community freed from the dominant framing story through the viral message of Jesus.

This boo
Scott Holstad
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Andrew Fox
Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
"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
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
marcus miller
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm late getting around to having read this. Published eight years ago it seems the "World's Biggest Problems..." have become worse and more numerous, while the "good news of Jesus" gets lost in a toxic mix of dogma, politics, and the entertainment values which dominate western culture.
McLaren's identification of the three broad "systems of death" was a helpful way to frame the "world's biggest problems." His efforts to include perspectives from around the world, especially those who are normal
marcus miller
I'm late getting around to having read this. Published eight years ago it seems the "World's Biggest Problems..." have become worse and more numerous, while the "good news of Jesus" gets lost in a toxic mix of dogma, politics, and the entertainment values which dominate western culture.
McLaren's identification of the three broad "systems of death" was a helpful way to frame the "world's biggest problems." His efforts to include perspectives from around the world, especially those who are norm
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
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
Matt Richter
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
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
Neil Hollow
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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
Keith Beasley-Topliffe
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church-related
Brian McLaren continues to blow my mind, even after all of the books I've read by him. In this one he examines the societal narrative that shapes our thought and how we read it into scripture rather than letting Jesus teach us a new story about how to live in relation to God and to one another. He starts with two questions. First, what are the burning problems that threaten to destroy our world? Second, what does Jesus have to say about those problems? If, as some contend, Jesus has nothing to s ...more
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Brian D. McLaren is an internationally known speaker and the author of over ten highly acclaimed books on contemporary Christianity, including A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, and The Secret Message of Jesus.
“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
“These emerging Christian leaders realize that if their message isn’t good news for the poor, a message of liberation for the oppressed, it isn’t the same message Jesus proclaimed.” 0 likes
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