FLIPPED: The Provocative Truth that Changes Everything We Know About God.
Paperback: Convergent Books, 2015.
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Reviewed by Bob Cornwall
A central theme in the Christian faith is the call to conversion or repentance. To repent is to change direction. John the Baptist, Jesus, and Peter all preached a message of repentance as the pathway to entering the realm of God. The language of repentance is rather religious and traditional. It has a certain patina to it, and thus it might not speak as usefully to a culture that has eschewed traditional religious language and practices. So, how might one communicate the truth of repentance in a way that would make sense to this new generation that is either unfamiliar with or uncomfortable with religious language? Perhaps one might create new language to communicate basic elements of the Christian faith. Thus, Doug Pagitt offers us the term “flipped.” To flip is to change one’s mind/life and go in a different direction. Better, Doug writes that “change and growth are what Flipped is all about.” (2).