John M. Perkins
- Title: Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following As an Ordinary Radical
- Author: John M. Perkins
- ISBN: 9780830751204
- Page: 449
- Format: Paperback
Re imagine Leading and Following in a World Longing for True Justice, Compassion and Freedom Followers of Christ yearn to see the world changed in compassionate, positive, effective ways As prophetic voices, Shane Claiborne and John Perkins lead the way in this move to be the hands, feet and heart of Jesus One is young, a self proclaimed reformed redneck who grew up in tRe imagine Leading and Following in a World Longing for True Justice, Compassion and Freedom Followers of Christ yearn to see the world changed in compassionate, positive, effective ways As prophetic voices, Shane Claiborne and John Perkins lead the way in this move to be the hands, feet and heart of Jesus One is young, a self proclaimed reformed redneck who grew up in the hills of Tennessee and now lives in inner city Philadelphia and the other is decades older, an African American civil rights leader who was almost beaten to death by police in Mississippi, and went on to found a reconciliation movement and counsel three American presidents Claiborne and Perkins draw on than a century of combined following and learning, activating and leading Together they craft a timely message for ordinary people willing to take radical steps to see real change happen In Follow Me to Freedom, Claiborne and Perkins lead the way toward justice for all, unfolding a proven strategy as ancient as the patriarchs of faith and as fresh as the needs of every human heart Starting with Moses as a model, they re imagine leading and following in a world desperate for true social justice, compassion and freedom They offer practical ways to internalize and live out God s promise of freedom in the twenty first century Followers of Christ will not only be inspired but also catalyzed into action, and the world will never be the same.
Recent Comments "Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following As an Ordinary Radical"
Four stars for being really, really true. The format is odd (the book is a conversation), the subject is old (Perkins and Claiborne have both written this stuff before), and the conclusion is a beginning rather than an end. On the other hand, all the stuff these guys say about leading and following is true, it speaks to the reality of the world today with the voice of Jesus! I've read the subject before, but hearing the truth from an 80 year old and a 35 year old from radically different backgro [...]
Truthfully I was disappointed with this book. After reading Irrisistible Revolution by Claiborne, I was expecting something just as great. It fell way short in my opinion. Although I really respect Perkins and his ministry, I didn't get much from his dialogue which was the majority of the book. There were too many times where I found my mind drifting. From what little there was, Shane's dialogue was intriguing and enlightening as expected.
Wonderful book about leadership that stands in the Gap, Breaks down the walls and seeks to change hearts, mindsets and cultures.
I thought the book was ok, but didn't like it nearly as well as some of Claiborne's other books. It was written in a dialogue format which wasn't my favorite to read.
I have really been inspired and encouraged by Shane Claiborn, and you can read my other book review A Look into Joining the Irresistible Revolution. While, I am somewhat familiar with Shane and the Simple Way (the intentional community Shane is involved with), I had not heard of John Perkins before. Interestingly enough, Jamie, my co-worker who lent me a copy of this audio book does know him.As I am living a considerable distance from work, read my blog post When it Rains it Pours for some more [...]
I'm a big fan of Shane Claiborne, and I have a lot of respect for John Perkins. I think they are both wise leaders with a good abilities to laugh at themselves. Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following As an Ordinary Radical does a disservice to both authors.There are some great gems buried in the rambling prose--I even underlined a few spots. But you have to do a lot of work to dig them out and polish them up. I blame the editors at Regal.I blame them, first, for choosing a ridiculous font f [...]
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was good, and I enjoyed it. I had a friend ask me if the book was worth purchasing, and I had to say no. (this is opposite to my reactions towards Shane's other books). I would wait to find a used copy or borrow it. The book was in a different format- it was set up as "conversations" between John Perkins and Shane Claiborne. I especially enjoyed what Perkins had to say (he's been coming up recently in conversations with the people I work with), he's defi [...]
We are reading this for a Sunday School class in conjunction with the Open Gate homeless youth ministry, and I've been reading a bit each Sunday. The book has a unique format, being a conversation between two people, Shane and John, one a young leader of an outreach community in Philadelphia and the other an elderly leader of the Civil Rights movement from Mississippi. Each chapter is on a broad subject in relation to being a leader and a follower in working toward some cause. Chapters consist o [...]
Worth a read, but doesn't cover much new ground. There were several points where I took down notes on things that were really compelling or indicting (compared to Claiborne's first couple of books when I would have been noting things on every other page). The stories were great, and many of them were new. I thought Perkins brought a lot of wisdom, and I really appreciated his perspective; I got a little bored with some of his longer exegeses, though that may say more about me than him.One larger [...]
I am torn. The stories, intent, and motive are clear, and great. The dialogue back and forth, and the humor was off-putting. The content made for a deep stir to be awakened and aware by what is going on around you, yet both authors played in to some fairly lame banter that watered down the power behind their words. I am a Claiborne fan due to his relentless passion for helping those in need and being overtly direct in his communication. It felt like his publisher pulled him aside and said "try t [...]
Full review at bookwi/follow-me-to-freedomShort review: This is styled as a conversation between John Perkins and Shane Claborne. These are both socially active evangelical talking about leadership. The topic of leadership is quite broad and it is set up as discussions, so really it is a series of essays.The basic idea is that you can only lead, once you have learned how to follow. Good introduction to the two of them, if you have not read anything by them before. If you have read all of their b [...]
I've read three Shane Claiborne books since Irresistible Revolution and I keep expecting every book to be close to that good, but alas not yet. This book was good though. The way that it is written is a bit different and while its kind of cool, it also makes it a little choppy. I was at a disadvantage because I didn't read it as I normally do, chapter by chapter, but rather read through it in bits and pieces. I think in general, topical books are not my favorite, but they did share some good sto [...]
It took me ages to read this book, perhaps it was the format or maybe it was was just very challenging. But I finished and i'm glad I persevered. Without attempting to be an indictment of the Church and North American Christianity it should leave the reader looking and asking after the state of their faith. The book reveals a gospel that is seldom preached and seldom modelled. I can only hope after reading this to reevaluate and make changes.
I had to read this as part of my first college class. Everyone around me loves Shane Claiborne, but when I read this I felt like he was talking about all the great things he did for the Kingdom. He came to my school to speak, and I really liked his message. Not sure if I'll pick up another one of his books just because they seem so political, but he has some good points if you really dive deep into what he is reaching to say.
This book is written in a dialogue style, back-and-forth between Shane Claiborne and civil rights actvist and pastor John Perkins. The thing I liked most about this book was the exchange of ideas - brainstorming - on Christian leadership principles. It is the first Claiborne book I have read and I find his approach to inner city outreach novel and moving. I have liked a lot of what I have read by Perkins. Thought provoking as the main theme is learn how to lead you must first follow.
This is a great book that will inspire you to become the radical Christian you have been called to be. If you've read a lot of Shane's other books there will be a lot of familiarity, but it's all still amazing. There will be stories you've heard mixed in with stories you haven't and they will inspire you all over again. And if you've read a lot of Claiborne, then Perkins will throw a lot of new material and stories at you.
It took me awhile to get through this book (I read it on and off again). I hadn't realized prior to purchasing it that it was geared to folks in leadership and I don't view myself as a leader in the formal sense. That said, I thought it was down-to-earth with thought-providing ideas for those actively seeking a leadership role in the church.
This is not a carefully composed text but rather a lightly edited conversation between Perkins and Shane Claiborne, with alternating sections by each. They "wrote" much of it over a series of conference calls. Still, I can hardly think of two leaders more worthy of attention. I read Claiborne to be afflicted and unsettled, and he always delivers.
One of the best books I've read on leadership. Big take aways: Success is about "succession" and passing down the vision and ability to lead and minister to others. And, it takes a passion and vision to get things to go, and these things are from God. Really are. Surround yourself with people who've got these, passion and vision, and let the ride begin.
Good stuff here. More anecdotal than I'd hoped. Not a lot of new material. Fun format. Basic observations on mercy leadership, with a few gem observations. Perkins is an interesting contrast to Claiborne but also more state-and-Obama-entranced. Do be sure to read Claiborne's more helpful Irresistible Revolution and Jesus for President first.
There's plenty of thoughtful material here and it's a good book, but it's not the sort of consistently challenging and inspiring stuff I expect from Claiborne. That's more a commment on the type of book it is rather than its quality, though.
Book on leadership by some interesting and inspiring characters. I preferred their stories about their experiences more than their discussions on leadership. Both have been part of some creative initiatives. A bit scattered in its format, but I did like the back-and-forth style of writing.
The authors are two people that I highly respect and have enjoyed reading and hearing speak over the years. It was kind of like being in a room while they talked to each other. It warmed my heart to hear their stories. They are very challenging and compassionate men.
This book contains some gems of wisdom. John M Perkins is a wise man of God. Shane Clairbourne is a whole hearted follower of Jesus with some judgemental and misguided ideology. I tried to read this with grace, sifting out the gems and overlooking the non-sense.
Pretty dry reading that could and should have been one article, not a whole book. Condensing it would have made it readable, useable, and fascinating.
refreshing, encouraging, challenging, typical shane but with the added voice of john perkins which was really good.
The whole book is basically a conversation, it has some incredible moments but on the whole it doesn't flow quite as well as Clairborns other books. Worth a read though.
The book has a strong evangelical tinge and makes a set of assumptions I am not comfortable. But it contains grounded stories and some good insights.
Great book on leadership for a new generation.
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