I finally got around to reading Brian McLaren's 'a Generous Orthodoxy' as my latest inSTALLment in the toilet reading series. I had almost bought the book a number of times over the past few years, but finally found it on discount for a few dollars some months back. I attribute the delay to my lack of interest in the 'emergent movement.' That being said, the book was interesting enough to merit completion.
I suppose, if anything, I am a little surprised that McLaren is so controversial in some circles. I didn't read anything startling. Some of the reviews I'd read of the book were completely unfounded. Most of his thoughts resonated with me. The Christian life IS about a walk, not just a bunch of head knowledge. The Bible IS a narrative, not a proof-text container. I really liked the early chapter titled 'The 7 Jesuses I Have Known' which was a bit of a background on McLaren's own testimony. And while the 'Why I Am _____' chapters got a little boring toward the end, I was still compelled to finish.
In summary, I'd have to say that I think well of McLaren and his book. Some of his statements are 'fundamentally incorrect' (so to speak), but not actually incorrect (in my opinion). I, frankly, loved his writing style. I wish all (or at least most) Christian writers wrote so casually and openly. Overall, I applaud McLaren's offering.