Jesus' impact on our world is highly unlikely, widely inescapable, largely unknown, and decidedly double-edged. It is unlikely in light of the severe limitations of his earthly life; it is inescapable because of the range of his impact; it is unknown because history doesn't connect dots; and it is doubled-edged because his followers have wreaked so much havoc, often in his name.
He is history's most familiar figure, yet he is the man no one knows. His impact on the world is immense and non-accidental. From the Dark Ages to Post-Modernity, he is the Man who won't go away.
And yet... you can miss him in historical lists for many reasons, maybe the most obvious being the way he lived his life. He did not loudly and demonstrably defend his movement in the spirit of a rising political or military leader. He did not lay out a case that history would judge his brand of belief superior in all future books.
His life and teaching simply drew people to follow him. He made history by starting in a humble place, in a spirit of love and acceptance, and allowing each person space to respond.
His vision of life continues to haunt and challenge humanity. His influence has swept over history, bringing inspiration to what has happened in art, science, government, medicine, and education; he has taught humans about dignity, compassion, forgiveness, and hope.
©2012 John Ortberg (P)2012 Zondervan
I had the opportunity to hear the author, John Ortberg, teach from this book at the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership summit in August 2012. John was so excited about the lesson that he got the entire audience excited about learning more about the impact Jesus had on our society.
The day after John spoke at the conference, I purchased this audio book and began listening to it with excitement. Well...not only was the person reading not John Ortberg, the narrator was not at all excited about the subject. What's ironic is that John Ortberg said he wrote this book so that people would get excited about who Jesus is and the narrator is NOT excited. LOL
I really wish I had read the description before I purchased this audio book. I recommend downloading video or audio of the author teaching from this book or just reading it instead.
Jesus' impact on social justice in society
The narrator did not seem excited about the subject matter. One of the reasons I purchased this audio book was the author's enthusiasm for the subject. The standard for non-fiction audio books seems to be a very bland, monotone delivery and in this case it detracted from the book.
No. A documentary might work.
Re-narrate this book with John Ortberg.
Lifechanging exploration of Jesus
Unfortunate choice of narrator. It is hard to concentrate when feeling like you are being read to without proper emphasis on the content. It is just being "read."
I would almost ask for a refund or credit. I hope that the audio will be re-done to do this book justice.
Like others, I wish the author had read the book. He is more engaging. However the ideas presented in the book will make you think. I've never considered the impact Jesus made on our world with the depth and written by John Ortberg. Great work and well worth the listen.
John Ortberg is such a great author and I have enjoyed his books so much. This caught me off guard in a good way. I was not only inspired, but learned so much.
John Ortberg delivers a fascinating story about the influence of Christ on our world. You will be amazed on how this man's influence touched things you've never thought about.
Regardless of your belief or lack of belief, check this out.
Art, architecture, philosophy, language, government, influence, the elevation of children and women. Jesus life changed the world in EVERY way. The only thing I wish could be different would be if John Ortberg would read it himself. However, the person selected to read it was as close to JO as could be possible. Listen to this and it will change your view of the one who changed the world forever.
Not a wasted word or a fluffy story, every word is powerful, every aspect is compelling - he is a great thinker and has given the human race a gift in this book. Well researched, profound! I found myself repeatedly thinking, AMEN, wow, that is fresh, wow, thank you Jesus!
Yes, I don't have the words to explain how good this book it. AWESOME is an understatement.
It was easy to listen to and It was very informative. The truth told about Jesus days and how that truth affects today is incredible. I sat in Awe (goose bumps, sometime tears) at every end of each chapter. The author is anointed by God. That is the only way he could have written this.
Yes, I had to buy the book as well. Listening and reading, made it even harder for me to spread it out over 2 weeks, so I can study the book after listening to the chapter. I listened/read a chapter a day took a few days breaks on those days of breaks I thought about the book.
I can't even begin to tell anyone how awesome it is... They will just have to listen/read it for themselves. For those that don't believe in God/Jesus this is a great book to read. It may not make them 100% believers but it might just make them have more questions.
This story of the life of Jesus paints a picture of how his life entertwined with many others throughout history. Very humbling and hauntingly beautiful.
Yes, the book content itself was eye-opening and paradigm shifting. A fantastic read that I will definitley be recommending to friends.
As others have mentioned, the narrator detracted from the book a bit. I would have much rather listened to this being read by the author. However, the book itself was so good that it was worth the minor detractor.
"A fair effort"
This was an easy listen, the narrator kept a steady pace - appreciated when you are trying to absorb the narrative rather than merely 'hearing it'.
I had hoped for more - 'depth'. There was too much 'fluff and padding'; by this I mean names and examples listed that were used to add quantity but not quality.
He writes I think for an American audience so some names quoted were unfamiliar.
There were moments however of sparkling clarity and wisdom. Overall this book is perhaps a launch pad for further investigation into Jesus Christ of Nazareth; maybe this is it's underlying/unspoken intention. It's not going to set the world on fire as a literary classic, but it is a useful device to get you started in thinking about who Jesus was/is and the impact He continues to make. To this end the content did fulfil the title.
"A great book"
One of the most informative christian books i have listened to.
A must for all interested in christianity
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