A New Kind of Christian Paperback

A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey

by Brian McLaren;

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Breathing modern spirituality into life through engaging narrative and natural conversation

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A New Kind of Christian

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Brian McLaren’s ground-breaking book breathes modern spirituality into life through engaging narrative and natural conversation. In reading this bench-mark book, readers will discover an authentic journey towards building a real, authentic faith in our postmodern world.

Half autobiography, half Christian literature, ‘A New Kind of Christian’ was written when Brian was on the verge of quitting his church leadership role and turning his back on Christianity – a feeling most of have once (or twice) in our lives. He began to doubt that any of us Christians are actually Christians, and wanted to open up the floodgates and help like-minded Christians to enter into an important discussion: what makes a good Christian in our new world?

“You see, if we have a new world, we will need a new church. We won’t need a new religion per se, but a new framework for our theology. Not a new Spirit, but a new spirituality. Not a new Christ, but a new Christian. Not a new denomination, but a new kind of church in every denomination.” – taken from ‘The Church on the Other Side’, by Brian McLaren.

‘A New Kind of Christian’ is a creative narrative about two fictional characters who go on a spiritual adventure – Pastor Dan Poole and his daughter’s high school science teacher, Neil Oliver. Together they reflect on faith, doubt and spiritual practise in our new world.

These pages offer spiritual renewal for the confused, the frustrated and the curious. Just because we live in the twenty-first century doesn’t mind Christianity is over! Brian McLaren invites you to become a new kind of Christian.

About the Author

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor and networker among Christian leaders, thinkers and activists. His ground-breaking books include ‘A Generous Orthodoxy’, ‘The Secret Message of Jesus’, ‘A New Kind of Christianity’ and ‘Naked Spirituality’. For 24 years, he served as the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Washington-Baltimore area. He has been named by Time magazine as one of America’s 25 most influential Evangelicals.

A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren was published by SPCK in January 2013 and is our 41814th best seller. The ISBN for A New Kind of Christian is 9780281069903.

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A New Kind of Christian recounts a lively and intimate conversation between a pastor and his daughter's high school science teacher, in which they reflect together about faith, doubt, reason, mission, leadership, and spiritual practice in the emerging postmodern world.

After many years as a church planter and pastor, author Brian McLaren has found - as more and more Christians are finding - that neither the conservative evangelical nor the liberal mainline stream of Christianity fully expresses his own developing faith. McLaren's engaging story gives voice to this emerging understanding of what it can mean to be a Christian in these dynamic times, offering a constructive vision of what a postmodern Christian might look like.

For all who are searching for a deeper life with God and a more honest statement of authentic Christian faith, A New Kind of Christian will open the way for an exciting spiritual adventure into new territory and new ways of believing, belonging, and becoming.


Introduction: The True Story Behind This Story
1. Sometime the Peacock Wish to Be the Seagull
2. Entering That Awkward Age, or Does Jonah Eat Bagels?
3. Dan Discovers Where the Cross Meets the Dream Catcher
4. What a Difference a Worldview Makes
5. Neo Worries About Keeping Up with Jesus
6. How Words About Biblical Interpretation
7. Letting the Bible Read Us
8. Yeah, But What About the Other Guys?
9. Redeeming Our Culture over Dinner
10. C.S. Lewis in the Pulpit, or What Is Heaven About Anyway?
11. Getting Beyond Righteousness
12. French Fries and the Kingdom of God
13. Spiritual Practices: Secret and Shared
14. It’s None of Your Business Who Goes to Hell
15. Beginning the Journey into Terra Nova
16. Notes on Church Leadership from One Certified Nobody to Another

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“A New Kind of Christian is a landmark in twenty-first century Christianity. This book has and will continue to provoke conversation, debate, even conversion. McLaren charts a new course for the faith. In short, he is a prophet, and this is a prophetic text.” – Tony Jones, author of ‘The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier’.

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Details for A New Kind of Christian

Page last updated 1st October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSPCK (January 2013)
Number of Pages224
Thickness25 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4059600
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