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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter J. Gomes, Patrick Lawlor Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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New York Times bestselling author and renowned Harvard preacher Peter J. Gomes takes on the hot-button issues in the world today by returning to Jesus’ message.

“What did Jesus preach?” asks the esteemed Harvard pastor, who believes that excessive focus on the Bible and doctrines about Jesus have led the Christian church astray. To recover the transformative power of the gospel—“the good news”—Gomes says we must go beyond the Bible and rediscover how to live out Jesus’ original revolutionary message of hope. With eloquence and insight, using examples from ancient times as well as modern pop culture, Gomes shows us why the good news is every bit as relevant today as it was when first preached.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An incisive original…[Gomes is] a born storyteller.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leela | 2/19/2014

    " This was a good book, but not as much fun as I'd hoped. As usual, Gomes' turns of phrase are elegant and evoke his formal, slightly British preaching style. He has done an excellent job of mixing anecdotes and scholarship, while writing accessibly. I think what I wanted and didn't get was a richer portrait of Jesus-as-rebel. What I got instead was a rich analysis of the Christian church and how hard it may be to apply the principles developed as a minority underdog when one finds oneself holding all (or many) of the power cards. Fascinating. Interesting. Great sermon material. But not as compelling as I'd expected. It felt much more like work and much less like an engaging and relevant read. That probably has as much to do with my expectations as with the book itself, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/14/2014

    " "A respectful agnosticism is called for when often there is offered in its place a self-interested certainty." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul | 2/14/2014

    " Not bad, not bad at all. But for me at least, there wasn't too much that was new for me. Still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ms. S........... | 2/11/2014

    " Not bad for a Protestant! Gomes remind us that it's all about love...specifically love of neighbor...and don't ask, like the smarty pants in Luke, "...who is my neighbor?" ...its the gay person, the homeless person, the Democrat, the Republican... "

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About the Author
Author Peter J. Gomes

Peter J. Gomes is the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Book, The Good Life, Sermons, and Strength for the Journey. He has been a minister in Harvard University’s Memorial Church since 1974, when he was appointed Pusey Minister of the church and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. Gomes is considered one of the top preachers in the United States. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.