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The original gospel proclamation that the Lord of the nations was a crucified Galilean raised from the dead and that salvation was found in vowing allegiance to Jesus of Nazareth unleashed a shock wave that turned the Roman Empire upside down. Early Christianity was subversive and dangerous - dangerous for Christians, and a threat to the keepers of the old order. 

Most of all Christianity was countercultural. But what about contemporary American Christianity? Is it the countercultural way of Jesus or merely a religious endorsement of Americanism? In his provocative audiobook, Postcards From Babylon, Brian Zahnd challenges the listener to see and embrace a daring Jesus-centered Christianity that can again turn the world upside down. 

"In a bold and daring articulation, Brian Zahnd has sketched a Theology of the Cross for our time and place in the United States of the 21st century. He does so in a way that deeply resonates with the primal claims of evangelical theology. He sees that the Gospel is inherently and inescapably countercultural because the God of the Gospel is in particular and passionate solidarity with the left behind." (Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary)

©2019 Brian H. Zahnd (P)2019 Brian H. Zahnd

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Life changing.

Thank you Brian for a fresh take on consumerism, power and the church. The Church needs to hear this message.

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  • Misty Gray
  • 15-04-2019

A must read! I've enjoyed all of Brian's books!

This book is a must read for American Christian's. Brian has a way of revealing biblical truth in a beautiful way. I love all of his books and look forward to more. He is a breath of fresh air and clarity in an America that is polluted with ugly politics.

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  • Steven M. Buckles
  • 06-06-2019

Don’t shun the message because of the messenger!

From a theological standpoint, I think Brian is spot-on. I do, however, believe his message is so entangled with a critique and near animosity towards those who would call themselves political conservatives that the ones who could benefit from the message will shun the messenger and thus not hear it. Utilizing left-wing talking points, some having been proven untrue clouds the truth that he is trying to spread. I believe there is a way to proclaim this truth without being intentionally offensive to those who need to hear it. If the Apostle Paul has taken this approach on Mars Hill, I suspect the narrative of the outcome would be vastly different. I have this book in written form but finally had to get the audible version to finish it. Somewhat because of my own political leanings but mostly because of my work schedule. Audible just works better for me. I challenge EVERYONE who would shun the messenger to listen to the message and ignore the political barbs! Eat the meat and spit out the bones...so to speak.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-2019

Hope for Babylonian Christians

This book let me know that I am not alone in exile. American culture has injured us gravely, but by Christ’s wounds we are healed. Only by following Jesus will we get out of this mess. Mr. Zahnd, I thank you for the postcards - send us more!

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  • Carla
  • 27-06-2019

An urgent read / listen for those truly wanting to follow Jesus!

I could not stop listening to this book once I started. I’m recommending it to my kids, my husband, my friends, and my church. Christianity has been hijacked and we aren’t even seeing it. This is a voice in the wilderness calling God’s people to come out of Babylon!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-06-2019

Incredibly Relevant

This book is incredibly relevant amidst the convolution of empire and faith. Zahnd definitely gets it, and stands in succinct accordance with the message and revolution that was Jesus' kingdom. He outlines how it is all too easy to fall prey to the appeal of empires and their way to power; through violence. As Christians, we are called to be messengers for Christ's kingdom, not proponents of our political parties idealized world.
Fantastic read for our age, and a must for those seeking to see the truth that Jesus professed upon the world.

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  • DB MORGAN
  • 26-04-2019

Brilliant Expose of American Babylonism

This book provided context to so much that is stirring in my life. Zahnd has hit the nail on the head; it is encouraging to read that there are voices of sanity in the USA church scene. The author has done a great job of contextualizes some key concepts of the message of Jesus. His analysis of much of the current American church scene is a beacon of hope. He shows that although challenging, it is possible & practical to follow Jesus in a society obsessed by consumerism, militarism & power. We need some more Postcards from Babylon.

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  • SchnieppClan
  • 04-05-2021

Every US Christian should read this!

These ideas are so important and appropriate to our time. I bought three hard copies to give away. His stories and way of writing keep you engaged and interested but don't take away from the significance of what he writes about.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-03-2021

There is hope!

For the lamenting and fatigued Black male follower of The Way, weary of articulating an authentic Jesus to a geographic region steeped in Christian Nationalism it gives me overwhelming hope to see the Holy Spirit at work in Brian Zahnd.

This piece is rooted in a precise exegesis, flourishing in unsullied historical and contemporary facts, and lacks political vitriol. I listened to this in a day and am quickly into round two.

Bravo to the author and my thanks for walking in dangerous submission to the LORD.

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  • Chavaleh Forgey
  • 06-02-2021

Important book

This book elucidates clearly what has happened in American Christianity — how we have partnered with empire, how we have fallen into values antithetical to the gospel. A painful and important read for anyone who claims to follow Jesus Christ and even more for any church leader.

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  • Jonathan D. Sims
  • 18-10-2020

Do you feel it?

This book is essential reading for all Christ followers. Put aside your lifelong programming, be humble and listen. We don’t live in heavenly Jerusalem, we live in Babylon! But Jesus is alive and he calls us to follow him, to love him and to love others. Pray for peace and be the peace. Love your neighbor and be wary of Caesar and his promises. Stop wrapping yourself in the flag and put on your white robes Christian.

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