Hipster Christianity // Brett McCracken

Hipster Christianity // Brett McCracken – Sept. 12th, 2010

Book two down. Boy was this a doozy! 247 pages of 8 pt. font will kill the eyes. Especially while driving home from Wisconsin to Missouri. Regardless of torture my cornea went through while plowing through this book in just seven days, I really enjoyed my read.

Hipster Christianity is written by Brett McCracken, a reformed Christian Hipster. He is quite well known in the Christian Hipster community for his work in Relevant Magazine (which I often turn to for tips on keeping ‘hip’).

H.C. is basically broken down into three books. The first section is labeled “The History and Collision of Cool and Christianity,” the second is titled “Hipster Christianity in Practice,” and the final section is titled “Problems and Solutions.” Although all three feel like separate books in and of themselves, you have to read them in order to understand the entire picture that McCracken wants his readers (Hipsters and Wanna-Be’s) to leave with.

I went through three different emotions while reading this book. Of course they accompanied the three sections of the book and went as follows. 1.) I’m not a ‘Hipster’ but I sure do want to be one!, 2.) I don’t believe I’ll be able to EVER be cool, and 3.) I’m glad I’m not a Hipster, but I still want to be ‘cool’ like Mother Theresa ‘cool’ and be a world changer.

This week I went to a Mexican Bar and Grill in downtown Oklahoma City called Iguana Mexican Grill. It felt like a Mecca for local Hipsters to hangout. I have not seen so many skinny jeans and v-neck t-shirts since the last time I was at a Department store or Pac-Sun. WOW! Robyn and I felt like the odd man out. As if we were freshman in High school on the first day, and EVERYONE was a Senior. Being a Hipster is a hard thing to do. Always setting the trend. Always being the best looking. Always being noticed. It’s not the life that I want. Plus Parliament cigarettes and cheap PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer) is not the elegant lifestyle I want to have.

McCracken is quite whitty through out the book and resolves it rather nicely imploring his fellow Hipsters to drop the meaningless facade and pursue the hip life of serving the needy, bringing justice to the helpless, and chasing the maker of the truly hip.

It is a recommended read from me.

Next: Sin Boldly // (to complete when the book isn’t next to my sleeping wife lol)

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