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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus J. Borg Narrator: John Pruden Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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World-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus J. Borg shows how we can live passionately as Christians in today's world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith.

For the millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith, Borg shows why the Christian life can remain a transforming relationship with God. Emphasizing the critical role of daily practice in living the Christian life, he explores how prayer, worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage, and more can be experienced as authentically life-giving practices.

Borg reclaims terms and ideas once thought to be the sole province of evangelicals and fundamentalists: he shows that terms such as "born again" have real meaning for all Christians; that the "Kingdom of God" is not a bulwark against secularism but is a means of transforming society into a world that values justice and love; and that the Christian life is essentially about opening one's heart to God and to others.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Marcus Borg brings expert knowledge, insight, and warmth to this revisiting of Christianity’s heart and soul. He makes absolute sense.”

    Thomas Moore, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This book catches the eye because Borg argues that…Christian ethics bind Christians to care foremost about those in need, yet contemporary American Christianity seems mainly to care about itself. ‘Taking the kingdom of God seriously means taking the systemic causes of human suffereing seriously,’ Borg concludes.”

    New Republic

  • “Highly readable…a valuable glimpse into the essence of Christianity…Borg writes with clarity and precision.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In his compelling proposal Borg consistently aligns the emerging paradigm with God, Jesus, the Bible, tradition, and religious practice, which constitute the heart of Christianity.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Norah | 2/2/2014

    " This is a writer we admire in my semi-religious book group, 'More Rioja, Vicar?' and I agree with his viewpoint on Christianity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David Campton | 1/18/2014

    " Didn't make my heart beat any faster but it did make me think "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Izzie Kikue | 1/17/2014

    " Very interesting, clear, and it confirmed a lot of what I've already decided for myself after I served and then left the fundamental, traditional Christian church. Borg gave good light to what many Christians are questioning the church about today as we're faced with living in the age of pluralism. Personally, I enjoyed the book until I hit chapter ten when Borg discussed Christian practice. It all sounded fundamental to me then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jon | 1/14/2014

    " An attempt to reiterate the values of mainline American Protestantism (to which I'm obviously very biased) in the face of the growing Evangelical movement across the country. Borg compares the values and approaches to revealed religion that separate these two theological schools, and he does a very effective job. "

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About the Author
Author Marcus J. Borg

Marcus J. Borg (1942–2015) was canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture, emeritus, at Oregon State University. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he had been national chair of the Historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature and was the author of the bestselling books Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, The God We Never Knew, Jesus, and Speaking Christian.