If I Can’t Dance, Then It’s Not My Revolution – 5 quotes from Shane Claiborne’s books – The Irresistible Revolution and Follow Me to Freedom

by Mark Votava

av0YxKb_460s_v1 memory1. We are the body of Christ

“We are the body of Christ, the hands and feet of Jesus to the world. Christ is living inside of you and me, walking the earth. We shall do even greater things because the love that lived in the radical Christ now lives within millions of ordinary radicals all over the planet.” Shane Claiborne The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

2. Gentle prophets

“Some of God’s most precious saints are quiet people, gentle prophets, secret saints that live in the shadows.” Shane Claiborne Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following as an Ordinary Radical

3. Becoming the church we dreamed of

“…we decided to stop complaining about the church we saw, and we set our hearts on becoming the church we dreamed of.” Shane Claiborne The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

4. Most great social movements start with pain

“Most great social movements in history have similar beginnings: they start with pain, and then emerge from the streets, slums and abandoned corners of the earth… People most affected by the pain and closest to the injustices make the best leaders. They feel and understand the problems better than anyone else. I think that’s why Jesus did not simply come to help the poor; He came as the poor. Mother Teresa used to say that we cannot understand the poor until we stand under the poor and live among them…” Shane Claiborne Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following as an Ordinary Radical

5. If I can’t dance, then it’s not my revolution

“I take great courage from the fact that many of us are taking steps toward a gentler revolution. We need more prophets who laugh and dance. In our living room, we have an Emma Goldman quote: ‘If I can’t dance, then it is not my revolution’…” Shane Claiborne The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

Are you a dreamer?

My new book The Mystical Imagination: Seeing the Sacredness of All of Life (2015) is finally done! It is available on kindle and paperback!

“Our crowded, overly-consumed, hyper-active, digitally-addicted lifestyle is draining the life out of us. We are desperate to transcend the chaos and find a better way to live. We need a mystical imagination. Get ready to be transported into the depths of meaning as Votava breaks open the contemplative path and shows you how to live your life to the fullest.” Phileena Heuertz, author of Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life and founding partner, Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism

My first book The Communal Imagination: Finding a Way to Share Life Together (2014) is available on kindle and paperback also!

“Inside everyone there is a longing for community, to love and be loved. We are made in the image of a communal God. But in our hyper-mobile, individualistic, cluttered world… community is an endangered thing. And community is like working out – it takes work, sweat, discipline…  without that our muscles atrophy. Everybody wants to be fit, but not too many people want to do the work to get there. Mark’s book is sort of a workout manual, helping you rediscover your communal muscles and start building them up slowly. It is an invitation to live deep in a shallow world.”  Shane Claiborne, author and activist