• Postcards from Babylon: The Church in American Exile

  • By: Brian Zahnd
  • Narrated by: Brian Zahnd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (240 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Outstanding at so many levels!

Awakens my understanding of the world of empire, mammon and Mars which surrounds us, yet of which we live in oblivion. This changes everything. Thank you BZ!

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Necessary Analysis of Evangelical Shortcomings

Zahnd poignantly describes the state of American Evangelicalism and issues a cautionary warning for us to wake up to the ways we’ve been co-opted by contemporary politics. We must heed the warning lest we lose our witness to the saving grace of Jesus Christ!

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Book of the year for me.

I have never heard of the author before I got this book, but I will read everything he has and will write now. Thank you Brian, sure hope I get an opportunity to meet you on this side of heaven and pick your brain about some other things too. Thank you for keeping a much needed tension we need in the church.

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could have been a 5 star but....

The first three chapters are priceless gems that have the potential to be life-changing concepts but in chapter 4 of the audiobook, he becomes a raging angry madman and political propagandist. His conclusions from his supporting ideas are erroneous at best and show his age of living through republican America of the last century and the biases that come from it. He bashes the rightwing on every angle and so should they be called to the rug on issues of truth but giving only a couple of reprimands to the left. His supporting ideas are so right on till you find out it's a sneaky way to get you agreeing to leftist policy without consciously committing to the left ideology. I love the rest of his books and he is an immensely powerful and insightful speaker I'd like to think it was not done on purpose to attack every foundation of western culture and become an echo chamber for leftist policy and the anger in his voice as he attacked the bible with was a little unsettling. even for someone like me who does not believe the Bible is the infallible word of God Whether this is done on purpose or just from personal bias and personal experience, but I'd be incredibly careful about being romanced by his ideas till you think about the practical application and efficacy of his ideology being able to take us into the future of heaven on earth. I now agree with his nonviolence stance, so I am thankful for showing this amazing kingdom revelation and will endeavor to let that grow and flower in my life. This should have been a 5-star book with bonus points, but I so disagreed with his conclusions and condescending attitude I just could not do it. I may even agree with him on how it should be in a perfect world and even his application up to a certain point is the way it should be but in a fallen world being played by fallen rules nothing is as it should be and until we bring down this system of world government it will not be a reality but how we get there may be e a whole other story

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  • 07-23-22

Must read.

Excellent, thought provoking, challenging; I need to read it several more times. Clear, succinct message. Great balance of theology and application. Thank you.

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  • 07-05-19

Life changing.

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