OK, with my normal book reviews I have to do the whole legal thing of saying I got this book for free in exchange for a review. Not so this time, I had the get the book all on my own (what’s up with that Mr. Kluck?) and then I decided to do a review.
Kinda Christianity is a tongue in cheek, sarcastic little book that is a play off of Brain Mclaren’s book “A New Kind of Christianity”. If you are looking for a book that debates the points Mr. Mclaren made in his book, this is not it. If you’re looking for a book that digs into the theology of Emergent verses the traditional Christian standard, keep looking (Maybe towards “Why We’re Not Emergent by the same author). If you’re looking for a funny take on the stereotypes with Emergent’s loudest voices that bust through the smoke screen of defenses to deflect from the errors with the Emergent movement….. one that will make you laugh and say “That’s not right….” at the same time….. BINGO! You found it!
This book is my guilty pleasure for the year. Some will read it and think it is rude, insensitive, and over the top. Some will say that the authors have sunk to a junior high mentality to get a laugh (not to be defensive, but I don’t think an eighth grader would have been able to come up with at least 17% of this stuff). I think, after spending years listening to Tony Jones, Brain Mclaren, Doug Pagitt, and more play an image and then claim they do not, its high time for someone to laugh about the whole mess.
Anyways, bring a sense of humor and you’ll get a kick out of it no matter your view. If you don’t, it’s going to make you so mad you will run to Starbucks, bust out your apple laptop, and do a 5 minute “they just don’t get it” video podcast on your blog. That will take longer than to read this 45 page book so save your time.
In other words, yes I recommend it if you can take it for what it was meant to be.
“By the quality of your ironic t-shirts. all men will know you.” The Voice, John 13:35 (from the book)