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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (641 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: N. T. Wright Narrator: James Langton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9780062099686
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In Simply Jesus, bestselling author and leading Bible scholar N.T. Wright summarizes 200 years of modern Biblical scholarship and models how Christians can best retell the story of Jesus today. In a style similar to C.S. Lewis’s popular works, Wright breaks down the barriers that prevent Christians from fully engaging with the story of Jesus. For believers confronting the challenge of connecting with their faith today, and for readers of Timothy Keller’s The Reason for God, Wright’s Simply Jesus offers a provocative new picture of how to understand who Jesus was and how Christians should relate to him today. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one living today is writing more thoughtfully and compellingly about Christian theology than N. T. Wright. With Simply Jesus, he takes readers on an illuminating intellectual expedition to recover the Christian Messiah. If you have not read Wright, start now, and start with this book.”

    Jon Meacham, New York Times bestselling author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

  • “Tom Wright is, as always, brilliant at distilling immense scholarship into vivid, clear, and accessible form. This book is yet another of his great gifts to the worldwide church.”

    Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

  • “Tom Wright has a fresh way of presenting the story of Jesus...This book retrieves Jesus from the margins of contemporary ideologies and places him once again at the heart of biblical faith. A compelling read!”

    Timothy George, former dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

  • “Wright patiently explains the world views that Jesus stepped into, how his parables point to his mission, and, finally, what this truth means in today’s world. Wright’s direct style, reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’ writings, invites readers in but allows for internal argument.”

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  • “N. T. Wright’s introduction to Jesus is erudite and decidedly thought-provoking—I found myself pondering each chapter, hours after I had put the book down. But this is more than just a smart study. Somewhat to my surprise, I felt that, in reading Simply Jesus, I was really coming to know Jesus better; reading Simply Jesus, I actually felt him near.”

    Lauren F. Winner, author of Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 2/8/2014

    " Wright is simply masterful in rooting our concept of Jesus in His 1st century setting. One of the more challenging aspects of this book is being made to truly deal with Jesus the God-MAN. Wright's exploration of Jesus' humanity - learning, growing, discovering - was off-putting at first until I embraced the full meaning of his incarnation and recognized lingering gnostic tendencies in my perceptions. This is required reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/23/2014

    " So, in typical N.T. Wright fashion, his "Simple" is the poor man's "Complicated". Nonetheless, very interesting and insightful. A bit denser though than the title may suggest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Hanscom | 1/21/2014

    " Or, 4 1/2, though suppose I am biased. Of all contemporary Christian writers, Bp. Nicholas Thomas Wright is my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Cummings | 1/19/2014

    " Everything I ever learned from NT Wright rolled into one book. Brilliant and insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 1/16/2014

    " An historical and insightful look at the message of Jesus and the meaning of the Gospel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 1/6/2014

    " Great book... leads you to reconsider preconceived notions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/22/2013

    " This book just blew my mind. Necessary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leon Bloder | 10/20/2013

    " N.T Wright continues his rich tradition of countering the claims of the Jesus Seminar and their ilk about who Jesus is, and what he came to do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melora | 8/31/2013

    " Amazing. This is one of Wright's best (for general readers -- I've never tried his more advanced series). He talked about many things about Jesus that I had never considered, and addressed some areas about which I've been puzzled and made things a little clearer. Marvelous book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raborn | 3/6/2013

    " The last 2 chapters of this book are worth reading the whole thing for. So much good history in this book to help us put Jesus and the Gospels into their historical context. For those who feel intimidated by NT Wright's work this is a great book to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luke Evans | 12/18/2012

    " Average. Not his best effort. Repeats all of his old work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 7/16/2012

    " My first intro to N.T. Wright. Generally impressive. Not too churchy. Prepared to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/17/2011

    " Repetitive at times, but a really interesting read, both in terms of the ancient historical context of Jesus and how he's relevant today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 9/20/2011

    " I will need to return to Simply Jesus to re-read and finish. I have been somewhat confused by Jesus ushering in "The Realm of God" and found this book helpful. However, I thought the ongoing references to 'the perfect storm' unnecessary and distracting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle Klute | 8/31/2011

    " Started slowly and repetitively. Finished strongly and powerfully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robbyn Abedi | 8/28/2011

    " Classic Wright: compelling for Christ and his mission in this world. A bit redundant at times but overall a good (quick) read on who, what and why Jesus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 8/26/2011

    " I just finished this book on the bus ride to work. Excellent read. I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 8/20/2011

    " Fantastic book. A really illuminating look at Jesus in His Jewish and biblical context, and what His kingdom means for us today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 HarperOnePublishers | 8/2/2011

    " “Tom Wright is, as always, brilliant at distilling immense scholarship into vivid, clear and accessible form. This book is yet another of his great gifts to the worldwide church.”
    — Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
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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

James Langton, born in York, England, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Winner of fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.