Excellent book. I make my living as a painter, and this book tells it like it is. Get to work, get to work, get to work!
A came to know about Edgar Cayce through another book that is not available in audio format, "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" by Dr. Herbert Puryear, which is the most profound book on Christianity I have ever read. Much of Dr. Puryear's teaching is based upon the readings of Edgar Cayce, but unlike this book Puryear makes them very specific to the Bible and backs his assertions with the specific words of Jesus in the Bible, so I wanted to hear what he learned from Edgar Cayce more directly. I dislike saying it because it is still a very meaningful book, but "There Is a River" falls short of the importance of his spiritual teachings, and even of his medical readings. I believe Cayce was a legitimate prophet and that his teachings could change the world. How could thousands of people healed and given correct and specific medical and personal readings maintain a fraud? Not that it matters to me because his teaching is profound, but I think the evidence in favor of his legitimacy is overwhelmingly on his side—much more so than, say, Joseph Smith (who started the Mormon church) and look how large the Mormon church is today.
There is much about Edgar Cayce's life in this book that I think is important because it shows that he was extraordinary in his gifts but also incredibly ordinary in every other way—poor, humble, perpetually lost like the rest of us. He always maintained a deep love for and belief in Jesus and, paradoxically, the orthodox Christian church. Though the author did a good job in letting us know Cayce, I get the feeling that knowing him in person was to love him deeply.
Where the book falls short is in the relatively brief treatment it gives the most important part: his understanding of reincarnation and the teachings of Jesus. It's discussed primarily at the end of the book and in a different context entirely than the book. I would love to have listened to a much more in depth discussion of this section.
In spite of the shortcomings, listen to this book. Then read Dr. Puryear's book. Together they will change your life.
This book is extremely hard to follow. It is not really chronological and is too much information with too many players to present it in the manner in which the author does. Perhaps it would be better read than listened to . . . I'm not sure. I would not recommend this book. The parts in which I found tidbits of interest were just that, tidbits. The overall theme is that the history of Christianity is a history of power struggle and politics. While I am certain that is true it could be far more interestingly written.
I listened to this book in an attempt to prove wrong a "heretical" gospel I recently read. Bless Mr. Schaeffer in his sincerity for he and others are sincere, but the heretical gospel I read makes all the orthodox teachings seem wholly incomplete and profoundly misinterpreted. "True Spirituality" had great reviews by Christians. However, this book only made the orthodox interpretation of Christ's teachings and of the Bible seem pale and shallow. I've also listened to "Mere Christianity" by CS Lewis and others by the greatest teachers of the orthodox or mainstream interpretation of Christianity. I have gone to a Bible focussed church for the past year and a half. I have read or listened to dozens and dozens of books on Christianity by the liberal side and the conservative side. I have looked for the best teachers. As Jesus said, Matthew 7;7-8 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
After reading "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" by Dr. Herbert Puryear their teachings seem profoundly wrong. "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" uses the Bible itself to show what Jesus taught, not what the Romans who crucified him wanted you to believe. It answers the largest questions that for 1500 years have been left unanswered by mainstream Christianity. First, why would God forsake the literally billions of people who have lived and died and are living who never had the opportunity to hear the gospel? Second, why would a loving God allow so much discrepancy in the way we are born; that is, why are some born of extreme illness or poverty and in countries where Christianity isn't even allowed or taught while others are born into extreme privilege, comfort and health? Certainly, so that the ill can glorify God is not answer enough for the honest person, especially those who do not sit in the seat of privilege. What Christian would be okay with this interpretation? It's not what God and Jesus taught, and the Bible teaches otherwise too.
Jesus is a great shepherd. He would never allow only a few to enter God's kingdom and still consider himself a "good shepherd". We are all the prodigal son, all of us; God wants us all back and that is his Biblical plan. If you really want to understand the "good news", the gospel, for "all" and for yourself read "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" by Dr. Puryear. You will see the light Biblically pointed out from the words of Jesus. God's plan, and our salvation are far more beautiful and loving than you have been led to believe.
You should also read "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" by Dr. Herbert Puryear, the single best book on Christianity and reincarnation I have ever read. Much of his understanding of the Bible first came from the Akashic Records.
While what Mr. Renard says is not totally irrelevant, it is a shallow and disrespectful theft of the very beautiful teachings of Jesus, of which I might add, Gary unfortunately seems to miss-understand. Like Mr. Renard I personally don't agree with the way the main stream Christian church interprets the Bible, which is one of the reasons I listened to this book.
Mr. Renard needs to read "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" by Dr. Herbert Puryear in order to gain a biblical understanding of Jesus's teachings and the meaning within the Bible. It's the single best book on Christianity I have ever read. And, unlike this book it humbly expands the beauty and depth of Christianity, and it does it through the writings of Jesus within the bible.
I can't help but feel Mr. Renard's books are all about Mr. Renard getting over his own anger. I tried also to listen to his advanced teachings and couldn't get through them. His anger shows through in his snarky manner. I wish him well.
I forgive him, but his book is not worthy of your time. I can't get through it, and I think it's the same circling logic no matter at what point in the book you listen. Indeed, Mr. Renard's ego is so clever it's got him convinced he's onto something. Mr. Renard needs to read the book, "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation, A Better News Gospel" by Dr. Herbert Puryear so that he can gain a better understanding of Jesus's and the Bible's teachings. Like Mr. Renard, I don't believe in the orthodox version of Christianity or their interpretation of the Bible, which is one reason why I wanted to listen to this book, but this book has very little worth pondering.
And He's relevant today too. This book is very engaging, both from theological standpoint and a scientific standpoint. If you're an evangelical Christian I challenge you to listen to this book. It'll open your eyes to a Bigger, more loving God!
This book will make you see things in your life that you want to change, that you didn't know about before. I highly recommend this one.
person comes across as a charlatan. This book ridicules the subject and possibilities of reincarnation with it's shallow handling. If you would like to reduce reincarnation to the experience of a college education then get this book. I kept thinking all of these stories he describes are the lack luster pipe dreams of a professional student—good grief! If the afterlife is this shallow, this lacking, this uninspiring then please God let my spirit expire now never to reignite. You may as well listen to someone read a printer manual as to listen to this book. Unfortunately, I think he's a fake and so are his patients. I certainly hope there's more to reincarnation than this author describes. I read "Many Lives Many Masters" and found it to be much more credible.
I had just listened to Counterfeit Gods by this same author. It was thoughtful, thorough, and in short fantastic. Unfortunately, this book carries few of those same qualities. I thought the book would be enlightening about the noble and godly pursuit of work. There's a little of that, but primarily I feel depressed after listening to it. In addition, the book is so hard to follow beyond small pointers. Main themes are difficult to grasp because they seem to shift and move in different directions without notice. The constant interruptions to reference where in the bible he found the sentence he just read are very distracting. Probably worst of all it's glaringly obvious he has an affinity to the left leaning political structure. He drones on and on about business corruption and gives specific examples yet is glaringly silent about the political policies and collusion which enabled and created incentives for much of the very corruption of which he writes. He's uninformed about those very corrupt activities at the very least. He writes that all good stories need a villain, that we want to blame somebody instead of relying on God. Yet, through this book his own villain is very apparent. Sure, he writes a little of the perils of Marxism, Communism, etc. and the left in a distant manner, but when it comes to current, immediate events in America or the world he certainly finds a villain of his own (bankers and businessmen) without mention of the politicians or the responsibility of individuals. It's clear he feeds into the victimization of our world and is not relying on God himself. With nearly 75% of some minorities being born into fatherless homes and poverty being directly correlated to those statistics this pastor should focus more on championing the godly cohesion of family, the honor of a father and mother who stay married and through noble work support that family. The politicians that he seems to love on the left are not going to solve that problem especially if they find it profitable to their pocket book and power meter to keep these groups of people believing that they are oppressed victims. Only God can solve that, and in the bible he does it through strong families and the pursuit of noble work. Modern statistics bear this out too. This pastor should be championing the same as God from ALL leaders, not just pointing out the shortcomings of a few business leaders. I'm 2/3 of the way through this book and am not sure if I can get through the rest. This author and pastor has so much promise but is unfortunately blind to his own Counterfeit Gods.
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