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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (247 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Ortberg Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780310413455
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Jesus' impact on our world is highly unlikely, widely inescapable, largely unknown, and decidedly double-edged. It is unlikely in light of the severe limitations of his earthly life; it is inescapable because of the range of impact; it is unknown because history doesn't connect dots; and it is doubled-edged because his followers have wreaked so much havoc, often in his name.

He is history's most familiar figure, yet he is the man no one knows. His impact on the world is immense and non-accidental. From the Dark Ages to Post-Modernity he is the Man who won't go away.

And yet...you can miss him in historical lists for many reasons, maybe the most obvious being the way he lived his life. He did not loudly and demonstrably defend his movement in the spirit of a rising political or military leader. He did not lay out a case that history would judge his brand of belief superior in all future books.

His life and teaching simply drew people to follow him. He made history by starting in a humble place, in a spirit of love and acceptance, and allowing each person space to respond.

His vision of life continues to haunt and challenge humanity. His influence has swept over history bringing inspiration to what has happened in art, science, government, medicine, and education; he has taught humans about dignity, compassion, forgiveness, and hope.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/7/2014

    " Brilliant as usual from John Ortberg -- my favorite Christian author and speaker. The book's title describes it perfectly: the impact of the inescapable Jesus. Read and see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger Vezeau | 2/6/2014

    " Great look at the life of Jesus and the impact He has made on this world in so many ways we haven't thought of before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lance | 2/4/2014

    " Another great book by John Ortberg. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/26/2014

    " Even though a life-long Christian, I failed to grasp what John Ortberg so eloquently wrote. Powerful story and one which I hope my book club buddies embraced with open mindedness, tolerance and wisdom. "All of the wonders that we have been exploring in this book turned out to find their fullest expression in Him: all roads meet." For me, this book reveals the Divinity of His truth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Bundesen | 1/24/2014

    " This is an excellent different perspective on the impact of Jesus. I love Ortberg's writing style, and the way he approaches his subjects. I'm looking forward to re-reading this book soon. This book is recommended for any follower, and especially for those who question the whole story. "

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

    " I really enjoyed this book. I loved that Ortberg gives historical context for many of the stories from and about Jesus in the New Testament. Seeing where Jesus is coming from compared to culture and current events of his day has such an impact on the way you will read the gospels. I recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Nicole | 1/17/2014

    " Thought provoking! I read it in one sitting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Pedersen | 1/15/2014

    " This is a very fascinating book...one of the better books of this genre as it is easily accessible and informative all at the same time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/9/2014

    " One of my new favorite authors. Excellent book especially for those trying to figure out just who Jesus is and why He has such an impact on our world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 12/31/2013

    " Amazing book about the life of Jesus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 12/1/2013

    " An amazing book. Like much of Ortberg's work, if the Christian reads only one book this year (besides the Bible), this is the one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/14/2013

    " I loved the way this book brings out the phenomenal impact that Jesus has made on the world! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip Allen | 10/11/2013

    " A look at the mark that Christ and his teachings have made on everything from education to medicine to science! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 8/30/2013

    " This is one of the best overviews of Christ's impact on the culture of THE WORLD, not just the West..that you will ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathie | 8/2/2013

    " A wonderful book which places Jesus in his context and explains his relevance today. The stories we know so well gain meaning as we gain more insight. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 6/28/2013

    " Really fantastic and inspiring read. While non-Christians will be unlikely to pick up this book, it is written as something to be as enjoyed and provacative for the skeptic as it is for the believer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 6/26/2013

    " This book did a great job in revealing the enormity of Jesus' impact on world culture. Ortberg traces evidence from present day to the beginnings of the early church. A great read for a history nerd like me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris Winter | 5/20/2013

    " I could not put this book down. As a life long Christian, still amazed by what I learned about this man and his impact on our world through 2000 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ang | 4/19/2013

    " I know a lot of the Bible and Jesus but this book really showed the impact of Jesus in some whole new ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Crain | 3/8/2013

    " As I read I appreciate it more. I dislike the slight sarcastic tone and the lack of in text references to the bibliography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Kim | 1/18/2013

    " a good read but not one of Ortberg's best. it reads like a collection of sermons. still enjoyed reading it so it gets three stars from me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Caves | 12/29/2012

    " Excellent overview of the impact Jesus had through his followers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethann Samuell | 12/19/2012

    " Such a great book. Will be leading a study using his materials at church soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Wermuth | 11/21/2012

    " This provides a completely new look at the world we live in and how it was changed by the birth and death of Jesus. I't started a little slow but I was so sorry when I was finished. I may have to read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 9/25/2012

    " This is a very well research thought out book about how Jesus has changed history. The author talks a lot about how Jesus impacts our culture including how women and children are treated and the importance of the resurrection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 8/7/2012

    " New perspective on some old topics. "

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About the Author

John Ortberg is a popular speaker and widely respected teaching pastor. Formerly at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, he is now senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California. He creatively brings scripture to life through his use of practical application and humor. He’s the author of numerous books including The Life You’ve Always Wanted, Love beyond Reason, and If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get out of the Boat.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.