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Summary

In a time of compromise and disillusionment, God is calling his people to a movement of beautiful resistance.

We live in a time when our culture is becoming increasingly shallow, coarse, and empty. Radical shifts in the areas of sexuality, ethics, technology, secular ideologies, and religion have caused the once-familiar landscape of a generation ago to be virtually unrecognizable. 

Yet rather than shine as a beacon of light, the church often is silent or accommodating. This isn’t a new phenomenon. During World War II, pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was deeply troubled by the compromise in the German church. Their capitulation to the Nazi party brought shame and dishonor to the gospel. In response, he helped create an underground movement of churches that trained disciples and ultimately sought to renew the church and culture of the day. 

In our compromised church, we need new underground movements of discipleship and resistance. Widely respected New York Pastor Jon Tyson unveils a revived vision for faithful discipleship - one that dares to renew culture, restore credibility, and replace compromise with conviction. 

For all who have felt this conflict in the soul between who we are and who God calls us to be, Beautiful Resistance is a bold invitation to reclaim what’s been lost - regardless of the cost.

This audiobook includes a study guide as a bonus PDF

Praise for Beautiful Resistance:

Beautiful Resistance is one of the most compelling and defiant books I’ve read in a long time. I love Jon’s radical, no-messing vision of the church as a prophetic community. This is a wake-up call for us all from the heart of a man who lives his message, loves his city, and serves his Lord with a passion and intelligence destined to become less rare.” (Pete Greig, founder of the 24-7 Prayer movement)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2020 Jon Tyson (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Required reading for Christians

There are a myriad of Christian books published each year, many of excellent quality, skilfully critiquing the world and its problems, but few like this- forcing us to look within and deal with the problems WE cause as Christians.

Each chapter is focuses on a single social norm - apathy, fear or idolatry, and advocates for the counter-cultural CHRISTIAN response. I was challenged about fasting in ‘Hunger Must Resist Apathy’ and true generous life-sharing in ‘Hospitality Must Resist Fear’. Tyson explores topics such as intersectionality, privilege and identity politics through a biblical lens, without rancour. He challenges us, using the life of Bonhoeffer as a thread, to live our lives with conviction.

Tyson is an Australian, living in NYC. While it is obvious that he loves the city, and his adopted homeland, mercifully, the themes he addresses are universal. Christians throughout the world can read this and be blessed. This is another refreshing change.

While this is an easy read, it is still hard to swallow (in a good way). This book has exposed areas in my life where I am not living the true Christian walk, and that is important. I have been educated on the prevailing wisdom and found it lacking. It is a work of edification but never condescending.

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Excellent

Tyson beautifully weaves the story of Bonhoeffer with threads from Richard Foster and his own experience working in NYC. A call to resist the cultural environment in specific ways - particularly loved the call from cynicism to celebration.

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Incredibly challenging and convicting, has so many gasp moments and thought rushing through my brain. Wow amazing

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  • 10-08-20

I love this book!

So very insightful and clear!

I am wanting to read it again and do the study guide with my home group!!
Thank you Jon Tyson!

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  • Rebekah Valencia
  • 30-11-21

What the Church Needs in the 21st Century

Beautiful Resistance is one of the best books I’ve read in the last couple of years and I have read over 50 Christian books during that time. As a pastor and seminary student I found the balance of grace and truth that is lacking in so many evangelical circles can be found in what is written in Beautiful Resistance. Thank you, Jon Tyson.

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  • andyc
  • 15-10-21

Thought provoking and inspiring

Great book! The only thing that could of made it better, is if Jon would of read it himself.

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  • Patti Sarette
  • 26-08-21

CONVICTING in every good way

no need for 15 words to review; convicting covers it. I needed this book and will go back to it often

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  • Kyle Hernandez
  • 28-07-21

Much needed book for everyone to read

A must read on today cultural climate and how we should be responding to it as believers

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  • Matthew Slabach
  • 23-07-21

Eh…

This was a bit of a let down. There were some good points but literally at one point he talks about how we need to honor other people in their differences and then in another part talks about “right wing conservative windbags”. I’m not exactly sure what was so honoring about that. Apparently we only have to honor people that liberal in their politics.

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  • bb456
  • 15-06-21

Worth the read

The premise is Bonhoeffer's life and the role of a Christian to live resisting the culture. Intelligent, thought-provoking and a helful take on living differently in today's world.

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  • Kristin Stehben
  • 05-04-21

Deep and wide!

Only wish is that it would have been read by the author! Especially since he’s Australian, was a bit of a disappointment to miss that! But great material, deep, wide and challenging

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  • Pen Name
  • 06-01-21

Powerful book.

Thought provoking, challenging, encouraging. Thank you so much for this book. I have read it twice and will have to read it several times more there is so much to it.

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  • M. Blue
  • 07-12-20

Very Encouraging

Great listen. Jon has a lot of wonderful insight and encouragement for our particular cultural moment. I got a lot out of this book.