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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (477 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Garry Wills Narrator: Garry Wills Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Whose side is Jesus really on? Whose views do his teachings support? Should we aspire to be "Christlike"—meaning homeless, subversive, scandalous, in constant danger of being kidnapped or arrested, and keeping company with the less-than-respectable?

In a time of national debate about what the Bible says on social issues Wills a distinguished historian and writer on religion examines what Jesus actually said about how we should live our lives—and how he chose to live his own.

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

    " Jesus wasn't a big fan of organized religion and he preferred to stand on the margins of society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clinton | 2/6/2014

    " An amazing work that challenges us to listen to Jesus through his context and not our own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/6/2014

    " I love Garry Wills. His biography of Augustine was the book that inspired my novel about Augustine's mistress. This meditation on the essentials of Jesus' message was equally satisfying to read. He emphasizes that Christ's core message was the Golden Rule, but debunks "meek and mild" as the whole picture of Christ and reminds us that Jesus was God and so he is infinitely powerful (and therefore terrifying) as well as infinitely loving. His command that we love radically is an enormous, life-changing challenge. He also tries to explain what, for me, is the biggest puzzle of Christianity: why was it necessary that Jesus die to redeem us? If God is all-powerful, why couldn't he just forgive us without that horrible sacrifice? Wills suggests that we see it as a rescue rather than a sacrifice. The only way we could be rescued was for God to come down here and do it in person. He likens it to his own feelings when his young son asked him, "Daddy, what if I go to hell?" Wills replied, "If you do, I'll go with you." It was also interesting to me that Wills reacts strongly against the modern church's demonstrations of power and dominance. He feels very strongly that this is directly counter to Christ's message of equality and the meek inheriting the earth. He seems to feel the same about the Vatican that Al and I felt when we went there in 2008. It is very beautiful and I'm glad I saw it. Even as a Protestant, I understand the debt that all Christians owe to the Catholic Church for spreading the faith over hundreds of year. But in no way did I sense the presence of the Holy Spirit at the Vatican. I sensed the presence of human power and desire to intimidate. This is the first intellectually challenging book that I've read since my surgery on December 29, and it was a good one to pick. Now that I'm past the most physically challenging phase of my recovery, I find that I'm very emotionally and spiritually open, and messages that I've heard all my life in church feel more meaningful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marieke | 1/22/2014

    " I love this book. I thought it was beautifully written and captured the essence of Jesus's message in a way that is thoroughly relevant to contemporary times. I can't help but wonder if Pope Benedict XVI (among other non-Catholic Christian leaders, but especially the Pope) read it, and if he did, what he thought. The Afterword let each of us off the hook, though, for our (innocent?) misdeeds...(i was reminded, again, of Jesus's words from the cross, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do...") Saint Augustine's observation that the highest human faculty is love, higher even than the intellect per Plato and Aristotle, is a wonderful idea to which i wish all people could rededicate themselves to. "

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