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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (538 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: N. T. Wright Narrator: Antony Ferguson Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780061953651
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From the author of the acclaimed Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope comes a book that addresses the question that has plagued humans for centuries—what is our purpose? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time between baptism and the funeral? It's easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how we are going to live in the here and now.

Wright dispels the common misconception that Christian living is nothing more than a checklist of dos and don'ts. Nor is it a prescription to "follow your heart" wherever it may lead. Instead, After You Believe reveals the Bible's call for a revolution—a transformation of character that takes us beyond our earthly pursuit of money, sex, and power into a virtuous state of living that allows us to reflect God and live more worshipful, fulfilling lives.

We are all spiritual seekers, intuitively knowing there is more to life than we suspect. This is a book for anyone who is hoping there is something more while we're here on Earth. There is. We are being called to join the revolution, and Wright insightfully encourages readers to find new purpose and clarity by taking us on an eye-opening journey through key biblical passages that promise to radically alter the work of the church and the direction of our lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For those who feel the church has lost its way, Wright offers a roadmap to help guide its followers home.”

    US Catholic

  • “A persuasive call to recover character…Just about everything in After You Believe [is] a fresh way of exploring many familiar truths.”

    Christianity Today

  • “No one has done more than Wright to make the broad sweep of the scriptural narrative speak to the layperson in vivid and forceful terms.”

    Christian Century

  • “A clarion call to mature Christians to take seriously some of Jesus’ messages we’ve long ignored.”

    Read the Spirit

  • “Sometimes compared to a modern-day C. S. Lewis, N. T. Wright is an author not to be missed.”

    Faithful Reader

  • “Have you ever thought: ‘I know I’m a Christian, but there has to be more to Christian living than waiting around for heaven’? If so, After You Believe is the book for you.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “Here is deep Christian wisdom for a bewildered age.”

    John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/27/2014

    " Wow. Practical in both a brass-tacks way and a way that made me quite uncomfortable as a liberal/progressive type who sometimes likes to hang out in the abstract-o-sphere. Wright is imminently sensible about the fact that Christian faith is at its core STORIED faith, and how we become ethical is not just by cogitation on WWJD but primarily by entering more deeply into the life of the church, ie, the believing community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 1/23/2014

    " I really like N. T. Wright and this books simply added to that foregone conclusion. It is brilliant again. I love the dry British humor as well. Again, a logical feast showing the important role of good living without the legalistic baggage. Very well done. I am always blessed by his logic and the building of such a coherent argument. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Carmack | 1/19/2014

    " Good theology. N.T. Wright never suffers from a lack of content. That said, the book does move a bit slow and, for the first third, I began to feel as if he were trying really hard to simply make a single point. The last half of the book, however, was much more useful and insightful. Wright's greatest work almost always occurs when he is dissecting specific pieces of Scripture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Dalrymple | 1/2/2014

    " Very good. But I was disappointed at the ending as I hoped he would take me further. Maybe it was just me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Meade | 1/1/2014

    " Good book full of theology. Wished there was more practical information and inspiration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Sheffler | 12/30/2013

    " I think this account of Christian virtue ethics is basically the right approach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Schiewer | 12/12/2013

    " After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters by N. T. Wright (2010) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 12/10/2013

    " a good read, but a dense one. N.T. Wright knows his stuff - this book centers on the importance of developing character and virtue. it's a good read, but slow going. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mr. | 11/18/2013

    " This is book has influenced my thinking about my role as a Kingdom citizen more than any other book I have read in the past 10 years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua Duffy | 11/14/2013

    " A book that is very challenging. Christian character develops through the repititious actions we choose everyday. This book should be left alone by those who are unwilling to take practical steps in their relational development with God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/10/2013

    " As with all N T Wright books, it takes some focus to read and follow the line of thought. But as with all N T Wright books, it's brilliant through and through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 8/11/2013

    " I got quite a bit of really good stuff from this book, but it was a hard read. I definitely didn't feel that this was one of Wright's best works. It couldn't even compare to "Surprised by Hope" which literally changed my life. However, it still had some really powerful insights in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donita | 4/30/2013

    " Great book with some inspiring concepts, just very hard to read and understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sallie | 2/25/2013

    " Good argument but quite redundant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/18/2012

    " This was a great book detailing ever so clearly the importance of what Christian character is and how it is developed in our hearts and lives. It stresses the need to be free from our cultural enticements if we are going to be images of God and display the Gospel message to the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke Jones | 1/26/2012

    " An excellent presentation of the "why" of Spiritual Formation. There are some excellent illustrations and overall I've found it to be a good and thought-provoking book. Having said that, it isn't the most readable book. I wish it was 80% as long and generally a little tighter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 10/28/2011

    " Excellent though dense, for those looking for a provocative and intellectual read on living a faithfully Christian life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 4/14/2011

    " This was the first of many times I expect to read this excellent book about virtue and Christian character. I will be using it as a resource during the Great 50 Days as we preach from 1Peter, concentrating on the impact of the resurrection on our daily lives. N.T. Wright is one of my heroes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 1/29/2011

    " I don't think it is one of Wright's better books. However, it still has some good insight into developing Christian virtue. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allison | 1/27/2011

    " I only found one or two clear premises. The writing was overly wordy and the content kept repeating itself. If you must read the book, reading the first chapter will contain all the information. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 12/27/2010

    " Very good book that gives you much to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 10/20/2010

    " How's that for a switch in reading? This book gives me hope...ethics and Christian used together but not as an oxymoron. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 8/21/2010

    " I got quite a bit of really good stuff from this book, but it was a hard read. I definitely didn't feel that this was one of Wright's best works. It couldn't even compare to "Surprised by Hope" which literally changed my life. However, it still had some really powerful insights in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/18/2010

    " As with all N T Wright books, it takes some focus to read and follow the line of thought. But as with all N T Wright books, it's brilliant through and through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 8/14/2010

    " After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters by N. T. Wright (2010) "

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About the Author

N. T. Wright, former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England, now serves as chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. He has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. He is the award-winning author of such books as Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, After You Believe, Simply Jesus, How God Became King, and the series Christian Origins and the Question of God, and he is the translator of The Kingdom New Testament.

About the Narrator

Antony Ferguson was born in London. He has performed successfully on both sides of the Atlantic and has played many leading roles in theater, film, and television. He has over fifty audiobooks to his credit and is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner.