Jesus, Bombs, and Ice Cream Study Guide Paperback

Creating a More Peaceful World

by Ben Cohen; Shane Claiborne;

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Jesus, Bombs, and Ice Cream Study Guide

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‘Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream’ is the small group study that exposes and explores the true magnitude of human kinds capacity – and even determination – to disregard Jesus teaching on love and peace. The six session course gives you all the facts and figures in down to earth words and images that leave you in no doubt that Jesus teaching on non-violence, all inclusive compassion and justice for the poor is the only way to save human kind from self destruction.

Based on the live recording of a conference and arts festival lead by Shane Clairborne (co-author of ‘Red Letter Christianity’, ‘The Awakening of Hope’ and ‘Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals) and Ben Cohen (co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream), this small group resource brings together a host of talented speakers, singers and performers into a sort of circus of the imagination for peace and justice. The resulting DVD is a good show as well as a strong applied teaching course.

For the growing number of Christians who want to live in a world with fewer bombs and more ice cream, the book and the supporting DVD (available separately – see linked products below) take the ‘Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream’ tour show (commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11) and present it as six, 20-25 minute sessions - over 2 hours of engaging, non-violent images.

The study guide includes discussion pointers based on the content of each session and incorporates additional materials designed to take you - or a group - into deeper reflection on the topics covered.

This is a timely and bold study for individuals and group who want to know the truth, and have the imagination and faith enough to believe that a world without war can be only be found through Jesus’ teaching. Shane and Ben invite you to look at the facts and figures and get real with the gospel – on the global and local scale.

Jesus, Bombs, and Ice Cream Study Guide by Ben Cohen; Shane Claiborne was published by Zondervan in January 2013 and is our 40439th best seller. The ISBN for Jesus, Bombs, and Ice Cream Study Guide is 9780310693680.

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Author and activist Shane Claiborne believes all people share a vision of a world where love triumphs over hatred, where life conquers death.

A couple of years ago, Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, and Shane Claiborne crossed paths. Ben said to Shane, “I have read your books, and I like what I see.” Shane said to Ben, “I have eaten your ice cream, and I like what I taste.” They started dreaming and scheming… and ‘Jesus, Bombs, and Ice Cream’ was born.

A host of talented friends have joined Shane and Ben for this multi-media presentation. The participant’s guide is packed full of stories of reconciliation and grace, quotes, reflections, and questions for groups and individuals to discuss and discern how they can help make a more peaceful world a reality. The accompanying DVD (sold separately) contains over 2 hours of testimonials, together with visual art and music, to provoke participants to imagine humanity with fewer bombs and more ice cream.

In this six-session video series, ‘Jesus, Bombs, and Ice Cream’, author and activist Shane Claiborne - alongside Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream - guides you on the audacious journey of creating a world filled with peace by ending violence wherever we can.
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SESSION 1: PEACE IS MY MAIN DREAM - Ben Cohen gives you a clear demonstration of what the US spending of $30 billion on its nuclear arsenal really means.

SESSION 2: OUR GRIEF IS NOT A CRY FOR WAR - September Eleventh ‘Families for Peaceful Tomorrows’ member Terry Rockefeller talks about using grief to become a voice for reconciliation and peace in the world.

SESSION 3 - PEACE IS THE CROSS I CARRY - Iraq War veteran, Logan Laituri, on his marching orders from Christ.

SESSION 4 - UNDER ONE BLUE SKY - Shane Claiborne tells a story of an Iraqi bishop who tells him that Christianity was not invented in America; it was just domesticated there.

SESSION 5 - JESUS DISARMED US ALL - Shane Claiborne shares biblical reflections on Jesus' teachings on violence and love.

SESSION 6 - OREO MAGIC - Ben Cohen uses Oreo cookies, to bring insight into the true magnitude of US military spending.


“Hi, I’m Ben Cohen; co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. And I’m pretty excited about this idea that Shane Claiborne and I have cooked up. We’re calling it ‘Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream’. It’s about spirituality, our country and our money and militarism.  Come on over and check it out.”


Readers’ Praise for Shane Claiborne

– Jesus For President
“I see Claiborne as a modern-day prophet: someone with the eyes to see what's really going on and the balls to do something about it. Prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures (a term I adopted from him in place of 'Old Testament') were hated, persecuted, and even killed, or at least misunderstood. They shook up the establishment. I don't believe he is a "rebel" just for the sake of rebellion. I believe he and his community (and the hundreds of communities like the Simple Way) truly live and breathe the creative non-violence they preach, much like the Amish (I loved his recommendation of putting the Amish in charge of the Department of Homeland Security).”

- Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
“If there is anything that the New Monastics gravitate toward in a sympathetic impulse that may be just beyond the reach of their own self-awareness is the ability to tell stories and to find in them the meaningful and hearty grist from the mill of life. I think most folks involved with this ancient and contemporary call are aware of how much "story" is vital in their lives. I just don't know if most of them know how good they are at telling them.”

-  The Irresistible Revolution
“Shane Claiborne has written a highly personal account of his journey as a follower of Christ and the call he feels to live radically for Christ. Much of The Irresistible Revolution is inspirational. Shane writes primarily to American evangelicals, who he calls out of their depressingly normal lives. Along the way, he levels numerous criticisms at the church, many of which seem on target.”

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The Simple Way: Local Community for Global Peace and Justice

“JOIN US IN PLOTTING GOODNESS” reads the invitation to Shane Claiborne’s ‘The Simple Way’ movement for peace and social justice. Describing itself as “A web of subversive friends conspiring to spread the vision of 'Loving God, Loving People, and Following Jesus' in our neighbourhoods and in our world”, the movement speaks globally and acts locally. A lot of what goes on in their neighbourhood is a grass roots expression of The Simple Way’s national and global projects; it’s all about connecting with and fostering outposts of grace and discipleship.

Based in Philadelphia, the movement began with a "come and see" approach to Christian living. Over the years, they found that some ways of coming and seeing were more helpful than others giving the community a dynamic, developing outlook to solving world and local issues of peace, society and justice.

The roots of ‘The Simple Way’ are deep in the ‘New Monasticism Movement’. Recognising the Bible as the inspired, final authority in faith and life, and with an emphasis on humanity and holiness, the organisation is radically Christ centred in both its inner experience and outward expression.

Words like simplicity, spirituality, justice, healing, hope, beauty and non-violence are prominent in their commitments within the base community and communications with the world they seek to influence. It’s the Simple Way’s specific dedication to peace, justice and non-violence that finds expression through ‘Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream’.

‘Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream’ is more than just another DVD based study course. It’s a link for your church group into The Simple Way’s interpretation on the Gospel’s radical teaching on relationships between people as individuals and nations. The concept developed from a meeting between the co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Ben Cohen and social activist Shane Claiborne. The meeting sparked a movement, a radical teaching course and a peace-arts festival. Here’s how Shane Claiborne described the event of 2011:

Shane Claiborne: “So we got this little things going called ‘Jesus Bombs and Ice Cream’. Maybe you call it a circus for peace, maybe you call it a little 90 minute variety show – but we got all kinds of friends together. I met this guy called Been Cohen. He started Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream - good ice cream and also a great vision Been has for a world where there’s less bombs and more dessert.

So we thought let’s throw a little team together and we got a welder who’s going to tie an AK47 in a knot, so that’s pretty cool. We’re going to have someone share about losing her sister at The World Trade Centre on 9/11 and how she came to realise that more violence wasn’t going to end the epidemic of hatred in the world.

We’re going to have folks do all kinds of stuff, from share raps, a kid on my blocks going to a little hip-hop, to some reflections. Ben’s going to do this thing with Orios. He’s got Orios that represent 10 billion dollars each and he stacks them to show how our federal spending stacks. so you see this  big old stack for the military budget…”

‘Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream’ is drawn from this arts and teaching event. The six, 20 to 25 minute video sessions of engaging video, sound and talk are certain to provoke discussion and send you to the gospels for the answers that seem to have evaded world leadership for so long. This DVD study will give your group the truth about our potential for self destructive violence, and the truth about the only path to real peace. – Les Ellison

In Brief: Eden Video Transcript

‘Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream’ is the small group study that exposes humankind’s capacity for self destruction, and explores Jesus teaching on non-violence, all inclusive compassion and justice for the poor. The study guide is supported by a six session DVD giving you the facts and figures in down to earth words, captivating non-violent images, live talk and performance art. ‘Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream’ is a radically new kind of study; for individuals and groups that want to know the truth and want to take action - globally and locally, toward a world of peace, justice and non-violence.

About The Authors: Shane Claiborne, Ben Cohen

Shane Claiborne, is a social activist advocating for non-violence and service to the poor, and a leading figure in the New Monasticism Movement. He is the author of ‘The Irresistible Revolution’ and ‘Jesus for President’, and co-author of ‘Common Prayer’. A founder of The Simple Way, a community in inner-city Philadelphia Shane has helped to birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Shane has worked alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta and in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team visiting hospitals and families, and attending worship services during the war there. He also serves as a board member for the nation-wide Christian Community Development Association.

“It’s time to re-imagine the world… find a way to interrupt injustice and to build the kind of world we are proud to pass on to our kids – a world with fewer bombs and more ice cream.” – Shane Claiborne

Ben Cohen described as an ex-hippi a noted fan of the rock band Grateful Dead, he is a co-founder of the ice cream company Ben & Jerry's. Ben worked as an ice cream man before going on to university eventually becoming a craft teacher at a private school for emotionally disturbed adolescents where he began experimenting with making his own ice cream. Going into the food business with his old friend Jerry Greenfield, they opened Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream Parlour in Burlington, Vermont in the late 1970s using fresh local dairy produce with wild new flavours and textures.

“It’s about how we can be human beings and how our spirituality is tied up in taking care of people instead of killing people,” – Ben Cohen


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Book FormatPaperback
PublisherZondervan (January 2013)
Number of Pages80
Thickness2 mm
Height211 mm
Width139 mm
Product Code4043884
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