I am a Christian who has studied and appreciated Buddist and Zen philosophies for their wisdom regarding living in the present and freedom from the tyranny of material desire. I found this work both light in such general wisdom and tiresome in its emphasis on Buddism-specific religious ideology, particularly reincarnation.
Boring and too in love with the 'F' word. Most user-recommended audible books (e.g., Secret Life of Bees) edify my spirit - this one crackled against it.
As a Christian for 20 years, I still find the Bible a daunting read. While I size up a front-to-back read of the real (Audible-version) thing, I have found this to be a superb primer. The book is true to the Word and full of 'living color portraits' of most of the essential characters. It inspired my faith, and it lifted my perception and appreciation of each person, from Abraham to David to Jesus, particularly Jesus. Anyone who is seeking the heart of Christianity will find it in this book. And when you're done, you have to read PAUL, Walter Wangerin Jr.'s other 5-star book. Both superb!
In this book the beautiful harmony of gifted author and equally gifted reader create a piece that made the New Testament come alive for me. The drama and the passion both inspired me and brought me to tears, as each character leaped from history into life and into my heart as the reader stepped into each one with such authenticity. Essential reading for those for whom the New Testament and this amazing apostle have for too long remained cool (or cold and dead) strangers. Not anymore!
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