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3.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 5 3.61 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Garry Wills Narrator: Garry Wills Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781598873764
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A respected historian examines what Jesus actually said about how we should live our lives, and how he lived his own. Stating that politics has nothing to do with what he said and did, this book challenges the assumptions of most who bring religion into p Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aly Medina | 1/20/2014

    " Very interesting take on the true meaning of Jesus' words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott L. | 1/16/2014

    " Conservative and progressive Christians should read this book. Wills' thesis is well argued with both Biblical and traditional quotes. He chides both sides alike for going beyond Jesus' words and relying too much upon rules, traditions and picking out certain scriptures to highlight as "truth" while totally missing the point of the whole Bible. An excellent book to read with an open mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 12/28/2013

    " Challenging, thought provoking & conversational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 12/12/2013

    " A very insightful and fresh look at the four gospels. I loved the point, which I thought very persuasive, that Jesus was essentially an apolitical figure, although his enemies did not see him that way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tinika | 12/6/2013

    " Garry Wills is an accessible yet thought-provoking writer. For me, he went straight to the heart of the gospels, explaining their essential meaning. Particularly relevent to my own personal journey at this time was his understanding of the "body of Christ." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariah | 12/5/2013

    " I liked this book. It gave me a different outlook on who Jesus really was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 12/2/2013

    " Wills is classics scholar not a theologian but he has done his research. Realistic and liberating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 11/7/2013

    " This came recommended by a friend, and it delivered what I was hoping for in terms of a less traditional view of Jesus. I appreciated many of the fresh insights on his role as a change agent and found some perspectives different from my own as well. Worth reading but probably wouldn't read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/6/2013

    " Wills took a very difficult subject and laid it out in masterfully simple and direct language. Very impressive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley (cnthrdlywt2bwz) | 4/23/2013

    " Too literally religious/biblical. I guess I expected something more funny or philosophical than this book restating the bible and putting a modern spin on it. Just alright for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 3/29/2013

    " It is a good summary of what I believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 1/9/2013

    " If you're in the mood for a book about the discrepancy between Jesus' teaching and modern religion, this is a good one. Very critical of church teachings but very pro on Jesus. Hooray. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 8/25/2012

    " Mr. Wills is a real biblical scholar. He really doesn't care for some of the current Pope's pronouncements. I think I want to read another book of his called "Why I Am a Catholic" and see what else he says. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 5/19/2012

    " Now I know why Jesus can't be appropriated as a political, or even religious figure. If i ever find myself in an argument with James Dobson I'll be able to make some really cutting points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 3/31/2012

    " Good reading, I agreed with the majority of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noah | 9/21/2011

    " Interesting point of view on Jesus and his teachings "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 8/13/2011

    " The Christ that Wills writes about doesn't seem to correspond with the Christ that is preached about in churches today. I would love to be able to sit down with the author and discuss how he authentically engages in a relationship with this radical Christ that is represented in this work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 8/2/2010

    " Garry Wills is a welcome progressive Christian voice in the miasmic swamp of fundamentalist ravings that seem to dominate the media. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ron | 6/26/2010

    " Wills has no idea what Jesus meant. Reading this book makes one suspect he's never read the new Testament. Anyone who publishes three pages of unattributed Internet urban legend twaddle as scholarly fact deserves to be trashed. "

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About the Author
Author Garry Wills

Garry Wills is a historian and the author of the New York Times bestsellers What Jesus Meant, Papal Sin, Why I Am a Catholic, and Why Priests?, among others. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and other publications, Wills is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor emeritus at Northwestern University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.