Thursday, June 19, 2014

"How to Start A Riot"



I really loved this book! It made me think- stop in my tracks, reread, and chew on pieces of it. Pastor Jon takes a fresh look at the book of Acts and the lives of the early Christians, then compares it to how today's Christians are perceived. While the first Christians were known as the ones who "turned the world upside down," Storment proposes that their modern counterparts are more frequently seen as seeking to maintain the status quo. His book is a challenge to modern day Christ followers to live like Christ and stop using their faith like it's the Home Shopping Network. To realize the riot-causing power the reality of Jesus' resurrection and ascension holds, and live like we actually believe it.

Storment dives into the atmosphere of the Bible to make sense of a culture we tend to misunderstand in today's world, and presents it in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand manner. He mixes in enough pop culture references to keep it fun (comparing key players in the early church to Tupac or Yoda? Yes, please!). My one complaints about this book is that Storment has a bad habit of writing a powerful paragraph, then throwing out this silly one liner that distracts and ruins the moment.

You should definitely pick this one up! I have a handful of favorite quotes from this book, but I'll leave you with this one that makes me (and I hope you) think: "Everywhere the early Christians went they started a riot. Everywhere I go they serve tea" (page 28).

Highly Recommended. 5/5 Stars

I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program in exchange for an honest review.

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