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Simply Christian | [N. T. Wright]

Simply Christian

Simply Christian walks the listener through the Christian faith step by step and question by question. With simple yet exciting and accessible prose, Wright challenges skeptics by offering explanations for even the toughest doubt-filled dilemmas, leaving believers with a reason for renewed faith. For anyone who wants to travel beyond the controversies that can obscure what the Christian faith really stands for, this simple book is the perfect vehicle for that journey.
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Publisher's Summary

Why do we expect justice? Why do we crave spirituality? Why are we attracted to beauty? Why are relationships often so painful? And how will the world be made right? These are not simply perennial questions all generations must struggle with, but, according to N. T. Wright, are the very echoes of a voice we dimly perceive but deeply long to hear. In fact, these questions take us to the heart of who God is and what He wants from us.

For 2,000 years, Christianity has claimed to solve these mysteries, and this renowned biblical scholar and Anglican bishop shows that it still can today. Not since C. S. Lewis' classic summary of the faith, Mere Christianity, has such a wise and thorough scholar taken the time to explain to anyone who wants to know what Christianity really is and how it is practiced. Wright makes the case for Christian faith from the ground up, assuming that the reader has no knowledge of (and perhaps even some aversion to) religion in general and Christianity in particular.

Simply Christian walks the listener through the Christian faith step by step and question by question. With simple yet exciting and accessible prose, Wright challenges skeptics by offering explanations for even the toughest doubt-filled dilemmas, leaving believers with a reason for renewed faith. For anyone who wants to travel beyond the controversies that can obscure what the Christian faith really stands for, this simple book is the perfect vehicle for that journey.

©2006 N. T. Wright; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    James Burien, WA, USA 04-29-08
    James Burien, WA, USA 04-29-08
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    "Excellent"

    Tom Wright is always a pleasure to read - well thought-out and based on knowledge of both the Bible and contemporary society. I don't always agree with him but he never offers an ill-considered opinion. By the way, because Wright is a conservative English bishop, I think he would be amused to be called an America-hating liberal!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Mesquite, TX, USA 10-16-08
    Chris Mesquite, TX, USA 10-16-08
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    "Excellent book"

    Ignore people that try to paint N.T. Wright as liberal. He is not and this book is the farthest thing from liberal. Simply Christian is a sort of Mere Christianity for our day. Because Wright is Anglican there is a slight bent toward a sacramental way of living and this comes out in his discussion of baptism, the Eucharist and what happens in Christian worship. Being Episcopalian myself, I found this refreshing. The narrator is excellent and I've recommended this book to many.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Surry, VA, USA 10-02-08
    Jason Surry, VA, USA 10-02-08
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    "A Revelation"

    The best book covering the entirety of Christianity that I have ever experienced. I have been a believer for 30 years, yet learned incredible amounts from Simply Christian. This is a great book for the new Christian, the seeker, the curious, or the seasoned believer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Mancelona, MI, USA 09-30-08
    Andrew Mancelona, MI, USA 09-30-08
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    "An Amazing Book"

    I have read this book and wanted to be able to listen to it. It is a joy to listen to NT Wright's thoughts on Christianity. Wright brings great Biblical knowledge. Simply Christian is this generation's Mere Christianity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William MOORESVILLE, NC, United States 02-03-14
    William MOORESVILLE, NC, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about Simply Christian?

    Explaining the basis and the exercise of true Christian prayer and worship was helpful. The arguments and the "echoes" that point toward God's presence were well described.


    What other book might you compare Simply Christian to and why?

    This apologetic book goes further than most other apologetic books with its description of the Christian life. This book dealt more with how we can internally reason for the existence of a God, rather than just hard evidence of many other apologetic books.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice brought a sophistication to the performance that added a great deal to the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Horace WARRIOR, AL, United States 01-21-13
    Horace WARRIOR, AL, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Simply Christian?

    The clarity with which N.T. Wright states what it means to be Christian.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is in the tradition of what has been called the Christian Classics. A must read for all who claim for themselves the title of Christian and for those who don't to understand what Christianity should be about.

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    rick livermore, CA, United States 08-05-10
    rick livermore, CA, United States 08-05-10
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    "Great book!"

    NT Wright's book Simply Christian although a bit long winded was amazingly eye opening. His explanation of Christ's work of redemption for the whole of Creation or "the Cosmos," as he puts, is spot on. Understanding our role in the Kingdom of God and the need for justice and righteousness in our world are one of the fundamental misses of the post-christian Church. Simply Christian is the call to the church, to get closer to that window and see more than A tree!

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    John New Orleans, LA, United States 12-21-09
    John New Orleans, LA, United States 12-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointment"

    Though I liked the beginning of this book, most of it was really boring and dragged. It was hard to finish, it is not at all on par with Mere Christianity by Lewis.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Washington, DC, USA 04-22-09
    Robert Washington, DC, USA 04-22-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Simply Hard to Swallow"

    This book sets out to be a basic apology for the Christian faith. It misses its mark completely. The leaps in logic the author takes are sloppy at best. I am a Christian, although one with doubts, this book did little more than sound good.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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