I'm one to give everything a chance, but this book is just too full (in my opinion) of WAY TOO MUCH rhetoric. Allot of the references are made to "research" which is not supported by the text. Just allot of "we found this or that in our study". The book is also full of countless theoretical examples to try to explain what the author is trying to say. I kept feeling like "yeah I got it the first 20 times you said it" was something I kept repeating in my head. official sounding terms and labels fill the book, and really don't serve to convince me that the author was really on to something. I picked up a couple of helpful tips on how I can manipulate how my mind may perceive something, but other than that I really couldn't wait to finish the book, to just put the dam thing behind me. I'm not one to mess with folks beliefs, but how they built a "religion" around the ideas put forth by this book is beyond me. The text really has nothing to do with a belief structure, but reads more like a case study on the mind and how the author believes it works. Finally, when one thinks it maybe beginning to finally get interesting (more mind rhetoric), the book then turns itself into a instructional manual. As if by reading the dam thing, one might be able to or even more bold, be qualified (eeek) to treat folks for various different mind "psychosomatic" illness. Just from reading this! Scary! Anyway, I've always been curious about this book, and now that it's finally behind me, I can honestly say, that it's not for me, and how it became what it has, and what's sparked is both a shock and a very sad thought.
What I liked about this book, was that Jefferson kept to telling what Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John said about Jesus. A kind of "sticking to just the fact" type of book. No mystification of the man, just what events took place in his life his as per these four disciples, and what Jesus actually was said to have said. As Jefferson put it, a look at Christianity based on Jesus's teachings, not the pile of other stuff the new testament in full of that came from folks who lived far after Jesus's death.
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