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Author: N. T. Wright Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9780061649530
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Why do we expect justice? Why do we crave spirituality? Why are we attracted to beauty? Why are relationships often so painful? And how will the world be made right? These are not simply perennial questions all generations must struggle with, but, according to N. T. Wright, are the very echoes of a voice we dimly perceive but deeply long to hear. In fact, these questions take us to the heart of who God is and what He wants from us.

For two thousand years, Christianity has claimed to solve these mysteries, and this renowned biblical scholar and Anglican bishop shows that it still can today. Not since C. S. Lewis's classic summary of the faith, Mere Christianity, has such a wise and thorough scholar taken the time to explain to anyone who wants to know what Christianity really is and how it is practiced. Wright makes the case for Christian faith from the ground up, assuming that the reader has no knowledge of (and perhaps even some aversion to) religion in general and Christianity in particular.

Simply Christian walks the reader through the Christian faith step by step and question by question. With simple yet exciting and accessible prose, Wright challenges skeptics by offering explanations for even the toughest doubt-filled dilemmas, leaving believers with a reason for renewed faith. For anyone who wants to travel beyond the controversies that can obscure what the Christian faith really stands for, this simple book is the perfect vehicle for that journey.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wright offers…[an] intelligent view of Christianity, and his title invites us to compare his work with Lewis’…Mere Christianity.”

    Washington Post

  • “N. T. Wright is simply crucial; his writing can transform one’s life.”

    Anne Rice 

  • “Readers will welcome such ready access to one of the fine teachers of the church.”

    Walter Brueggemann

  • “We are in Mere Christianity territory here…Bound to be a classic.”

    Rob Bell, author of Velvet Elvis

  • Simply Christian is simply outstanding. It will confirm, challenge, and deepen your grasp of Christian faith and practice.”

    Christianity Today

  • “[No one] has done more to clarify what…Christianity looks like in our day than Tom Wright.”

    John Ortberg, teaching pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

  • “Brilliant Bishop Wright is one of God’s best gifts to our decaying Western church.”

    J. I. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College

  • “N. T. Wright is uniquely qualified to convey the enduring substance of Christian life and thought to contemporary people.”

    Dallas Willard, professor of philosophy, University of Southern California, and author of The Divine Conspiracy

  • “Fresh, engaging, and highly readable…Simply Christian [is] an invaluable guide for seekers and doubters as well as believers.”

    Os Guinness, author of Unspeakable: Facing Up to the Challenge of Faith

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rey | 4/28/2011

    " First book I read by NT Wright and was thoroughly impressed. Great explanation of the Christian faith using echoes we all have in common. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 3/28/2011

    " A clear, accessible and readable description of the why of Christianity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 3/13/2011

    " Very general, lightweight overview of various Christian doctrinal themes. Too light to offer much new. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 2/7/2011

    " Wright intended this as a follow up to Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis). Those who enjoy Lewis' book will probably also enjoy this too.

    CB "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angeli | 1/6/2011

    " This is the book we use in our Theology 151 Synthesis Class in out University. Unlike other Christian texts that we read in school, this is actually very easy to read and very much understandable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/11/2010

    " good- I liked surprised by hope better, but maybe that is because I read it first. this has lots of good thoughts in it- worth reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 10/30/2010

    " Really enjoyed this. Don't get the whole controversy with NT Wright and justification. I thought this was a well written, challenging, encouraging, grace-filled book. I plan on reading more NT Wright. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 10/7/2010

    " A great companion to C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, G.K. Chesterton, and others who communicate the Faith with clarity and intellectual integrity. I highly recommend this book! "

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

Pennie Mae Cartawick is a bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction books. Her work is based on a variety of subjects including recipes, weight management, nutrition, and horror novelettes, but she is best known for her new Sherlock Holmes mystery series. She was born in the city of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England, and migrated to Florida in 1993, where she has been living ever since. Although her profession nowadays is as a real estate investor and a freelance beauty consultant, her passion is writing, and she uses the knowledge she acquired throughout the years on various subjects to enlighten others.