There is so much to know about Christ, the origins of the Christian faith, and how it turned out the way it has.
Unfortunately for a great many reasons the contents of these and probably many other texts have been hidden from the world for hundreds of years and its great to have these particular ones set out so well in their greater context.
This book introduces and suggests things that most Christians (or anyone for that matter) would never consider a possibility, enhances many pieces of understanding and severely challenges others.
There's no new religion here, but the one you had is supplied with some interesting additions!
Dr Pagels' extensive subject knowledge of the texts of the Nag Hammadi library as well as other historical, political and religious sources, brings up some key questions and facts, attempts to answer them in light of a far wider body of evidence and leaves the reader wanting to continue the study...
Which is possibly the best thing a book like this can do
If you are at all interested in who you are, you must read (or listen to) this book.
I loved this book. It's a bit different though - the author has some pretty unusual views on what being a Christian is, he's in the mystic camp for sure (which is just fine in my view). The book is a collation of speeches, essays and lectures, with some bits that were written to lay out a topic specifically for the book. The narrator has a very posh, old fashioned British accent and reads the work as if it was his own - I thought it was great, but if posh is not your scene it might not be that enjoyable - listen to a sample before you buy. Also, the author has some very strong opinions and these are often expounded a bit too far, and there is quite a bit of repetition on some topics.
Great listen overall
A great, concise history of our religious traditions covering China, India, Israel and Greece. I found the balance of presentation of fact and analysis perfect, there is no forced agenda here, and there is more than enough room for your own thought and conclusions. There is no doubt much more to be read concerning this topic, and the reader is left with enough knowledge to pursue any further investigations they may want to.
The book is an epic listen, and if your purposes are informational then it’s a great bet. If you are more inclined to study the material I would suggest the printed version, (as I will be purchasing) mainly for notes and also for what must be a massive bibliography.
The work is read by the author and she does a fantastic job, even paced and well spoken.
I'll be spending more time with this book.
When I first heard her reading style, I thought, "Oh no, this is going to be the audio equivalent of eating a box of chalk – dry, tasteless and really hard to get down". But, as it turned out, she's really funny in a monotone kind of way and has some useful, straight advice.
I like her perspective on writing.
This may be a great story, but its presentation here is untenable. The author reads the work and does a very bad job. There is no life in the story. It's a pity though, with such talented narrators available, that it should have turned out this way. The author should stick to authorship and leave narration to someone more gifted.
Great little book to get you going in Czech. I found it very well presented and easy to follow. This is a survival guide though, no theory etc, don't expect to be speaking more than broken Czech after using this book.
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