Red Letter Revolution

June 08, 2013

Recently I read the book Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said? by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo. Since I had already read multiple books by both authors and heard them both speak, I knew I would enjoy the book. It did not disappoint. If you are already familiar with Claiborne and Campolo, the arguments in the book will not surprise you (although there are plenty of new examples that make it worth reading). But even then it is still good to have strong evangelical voices engaging critical issues like the environment, peace, immigration, church liturgy, missions, and much more. What is probably the best part of the book is its style. Rather than being a monologue simply co-authored by the two, it actually reads like a dialogue. Sometimes it jumps back-and-forth fairly quickly between the two and at other times one will write for quite a while before the other one jumps in. At times Campolo plays more of questioner while Claiborne writes long answers, and at other times it is the opposite. The dialogic style of the book is a good enactment of their argument that we need to work through these critical issues of faith within a community. Hopefully the book will spark even more dialogue.