ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Review of A New Kind of Christian

Updated on January 17, 2014

The other books in the series include:

The Story we Find ourselves in- This is the second in his Trilogy. Each book helps to build one more aspect to a strong foundation in believing in God on your own terms, also to understanding that it is OK to be different from others.


The Last Word and the One after That- The third book and by far my favorite. It deals with the Christian struggle of Hell and damnation, but in a way that will hopefully open some eyes or maybe a heart or two. Reading this with Love Wins creates many questions and discussion opportunities with others.

A New Kind of Christian in review

I am a minister who sometimes struggles with why the church acts the way it does, especially to those who call themselves Christian. I have often wondered why there are so many different philosophies of how to act, talk, live, or even worship God. I began my own serve and realized that it is more than just a generation thing (my parents worship and view church differently than I do and their parents view church differently than they do) but goes to what we think Church is going to be in the next ten or more years. In that search I found the book (which I will now find the other two in the trilogy) A New Kind of Christian.

Brian McLaren helps people who feel that church should do more, be more and serve more to see that it is in the simple acts of being human that we can serve God the most effectively and also help us become the New Kind of Christian. We are constantly trying to label who fits in what group without seeing that each person is created by God and can be important to our growth as spiritual beings. The concept that many of us understand as Church may have to change at a fundamental level in order for people to start really following Christianity again. Too many people have placed their own opinions on how to serve God, and that has restricted the church in many different areas, such as who can serve as leaders, what it means to be a follower of Jesus and also where we can go to worship God.

A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren

The first of three books that help people walk through a modern faith and into a post-modern faith.
The first of three books that help people walk through a modern faith and into a post-modern faith.

A journey of two men through spirituality.

This book follows two men as they journey through a time of doubt and worry by one of the main characters, a minister. The book helps people to realize that simply because one does not fit into a church now, does not mean they are not being Christian. Many churches follow a tradition and philosophy that does not fit with people of the Generation X and younger. God is being put into a very small box and the church is the one pushing the sides ever smaller.

The characters go through many different topics and the history of religion is discussed many times. The main thought throughout is that we need to move from one era to another. We need to move out of modernity and into post-modernity, into an acknowledgment that the world around us is changing and if we as Christians want to continue to serve others, we need to first understand what they need and where they are. This movement from one era to another is meant to be difficult and changing, we are not supposed to be the same people we were when we started. The change will be powerful in some people, allowing them the knowledge and the confidence to go out and teach what it means to them to follow God and Christ.

One of the biggest thoughts for me is to not be so abrasive as a Christian trying to get people to understand my faith before I take the time to understand where they are in their own faith journey. Listening is a key element to a conversation, but too many times people only pretend to listen long enough to express their side of the story again, either louder or with more words. McLaren gives suggestions to how to walk with Jesus and others in a journey that has no end, a journey where the only purpose is to walk the path and learn what we can about ourselves and Jesus.

For those that want to take another step, the book is set up to be used as a group study. There are questions and conversation starters at the end to help people on this journey. Change is difficult and most people will fight the idea that there is anything wrong with the church today. I am not saying the church is dying, because I fully believe that the true church will outlast what we call church today.

I enjoyed this book; I needed this book at the time I read it. I feel that I could have continued my ministry of following what is expected by tradition and history, or I could begin the process of changing myself so that I can serve Jesus in the next era as well as this one. I am hoping to use this new knowledge to bridge the gap between those who see the church as the modern church, a church that still has power and authority over the lives of its members. A church that can teach and affect people by instruction and direction. And also the post-modern church, a church that sees itself as helping the world by listening, helping and healing. A church that is more directed towards understanding others instead of teaching them how to be like everyone else. The church is going to change one way or another, as people die, the leadership of churches will change, and hopefully the new leadership will have a direction for the church. May that direction always point towards God and Jesus.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • sen.sush23 profile image


      6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Rev. Akins, I appreciate your offer. I will surely communicate by mail, time to time, to understand the nuances of Christianity. Thank you once more.

    • Rev. Akins profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev. Akins 

      6 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      I am glad you kept readying the Hubs. What questions did you have, maybe I can answer them through email or point you in another direction for resources. I appreciate the comments, and I try to see each person as someone of value and someone who needs to be listened to and understood. Thanks for the support!

    • sen.sush23 profile image


      6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Rev. Akins, this is your second Hub in a row I am reading within less than ten minutes. I had questions that were not answered in the last one, so I just wanted to check out if there were these answers with you. I am happy to have found this Hub. I find very spontaneous and sincere in this; your reviewed book will be on my read list, but more than that your realizations 'One of the biggest thoughts for me is to not be so abrasive as a Christian trying to get people to understand my faith before I take the time to understand where they are in their own faith journey'- I am so taken in. Yes, because as a christian you (anyone with faith) must not forget us, the non-Christians too, else, the world would not be complete, salvation would not be anybody's. Voted up and thanks for SHARING.

    • Rev. Akins profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev. Akins 

      6 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Nat- It is a great read, and I finished the other two- The Story we find ourselves in and the Last Word, and the One after that. Both are good, but the Last Word is excellent, especially when paired with Love Wins by Rob Bell. Thanks for the comment!

    • Nat Amaral profile image

      Nat Amaral 

      6 years ago from BC Canada

      The books sound very interesting. I should check it out at the book and bible store and buy it.

    • Rev. Akins profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev. Akins 

      7 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      it is a great read, After I finished the first one I had to go out and buy the other two The Story We Find Ourselves in and The Last Word, And The Word After That. Thanks for the comment!

    • temiprice profile image


      7 years ago

      Sounds interesting. I just put it on hold at the library.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)