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Christ in Crisis? Reclaiming Jesus in a Time of Fear, Hate, and Violence

 

Writing in response to our current “constitutional crisis,” New York Times bestselling author and Christian activist Jim Wallis urges America to return to the tenets of Jesus once again as the means to save us from the polarizing bitterness and anger of our tribal nation.

In Christ in Crisis? Jim Wallis provides a path of spiritual healing and solidarity to help us heal the divide separating Americans today. Building on “Reclaiming Jesus”—the declaration he and other church leaders wrote in May 2018 to address America’s current crisis—Wallis argues that Christians have become disconnected from Jesus and need to revisit their spiritual foundations. By pointing to eight questions Jesus asked or is asked, Wallis provides a means to measure whether we are truly aligned with the moral and spiritual foundations of our Christian faith.

“Christians have often remembered, re-discovered, and returned to their obedient discipleship of Jesus Christ—both personal and public—in times of trouble. It’s called coming home,” Wallis reminds us. While he addresses the dividing lines and dangers facing our nation, the religious and cultural commentator’s focus isn’t politics; it’s faith.

As he has done throughout his career, Wallis offers comfort, empathy, and a practical roadmap. Christ in Crisis is a constructive field guide for all those involved in resistance and renewal initiatives in faith communities in the post-2016 political context.

 

Reviews

 

“A spiritual health-check for the ailing, wheezing American body-politic. As Jim writes, ‘Don’t go right, don’t go left; go deeper.’” (Bono)

“Jim Wallis offers a challenging and focusing return to the deep Gospel wellspring of our faith that has served us in many troubled times and places across the centuries. As one who struggles daily to have my faith inform my service, I’m grateful for this timely work.” (Senator Chris Coons)

“Powerful. Profound. Prophetic. Jim Wallis has written a book that should shake the foundation of every Christian in the country, a call to be a true follower of Jesus in these dark times. Jesus is not the possession of those who have reconciled themselves to the world as it is.” (Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Princeton University)

“This is Jim Wallis at his best, a ‘Jesus book’ better than any I’ve seen in some time, and could not be more timely or more challenging. It offers a drink of fresh water to anyone who has felt despair at the state of the world—Christian and non-Christian alike.” (Richard Rohr, author of The Universal Christ)

“Jim Wallis gives us a book that could be titled Following Jesus Again for the First Time. With prophetic fire, he makes the case that our political and religious crises arise from a failure of following the Jesus of the New Testament. Read this book and go deep.” (Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful: The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks)

“For far too long, we’ve ceded the power and person of Jesus to political movements with no ambitions toward His radical love. Reclaiming Jesus is not only our responsibility, it is necessary now more than ever. This is a book for all God’s people.” (Brittany Packnett, co-founder of Campaign Zero)

“To choose to follow Jesus is necessarily to engage in a quarrel with the world. For fifty years, Jim Wallis has worked to help Americans remember the politics of Jesus. His Christ in Crisis is a timely reminder of what it means to confess, ‘Jesus is Lord.’” (William J. Barber, II, President of Repairers of the Breach & co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival )

“Hold this book in your hands like a moral compass. With mastery and clarity, Jim Wallis has crafted a handbook for our times—a way to interpret Jesus’ life and wisdom for a nation in crisis, to inspire Christians and non-Christians alike in the labor of love and justice.” (Valarie Kaur, Sikh activist and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project)

“Jim Wallis is faithful, relentless, and intrepid in voicing the prophetic reality of Gospel faith. He does not flinch at truth-telling, and he is not weary of hope-telling. This book will provide energy, grit, and courage for the living of these days.” (Walter Brueggemann, author of The Prophetic Imagination)

“America yearns for an appropriate reintroduction to the person named Jesus. For years, Jesus has been hidden by shallow religion and dishonest commentary. Jim Wallis reclaims and reintroduces us to a radical spiritual figure even non-believers will find inspiring. “ (Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ )

About the Author

Jim Wallis is the author of the New York Times bestseller God’s Politics, which electrified Americans disenchanted with how the Right had co-opted all talk about integrating religious values into our politics by offering an alternative voice. Wallis is a leading figure at the crossroads of religion and politics in America today, the author of eight books, and the founder of Sojourners, a global faith and justice network. He is a public theologian, an internationally renowned speaker and preacher, a faith-based activist, husband, and father to two young boys, and a Little League baseball coach.

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