Perhaps the most essential teachings given to us by Jesus came in the final year of his life on earth. Known as the "I AM" statements and found in the Gospel of John and the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, these radical truths were offered to connect each one of us to the original source of Jesus' deeper power. But to fully grasp and embody these profound insights, teaches Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, we must hear them in Jesus' native tongue.
On I AM: The Secret Teachings of the Aramaic Jesus, we accompany Dr. Douglas-Klotz on a journey to the Holy Land of Jesus' time. With him, we will learn 22 specific meditations that combine music, Aramaic chant, and breath-awareness practices to attune us to Jesus' words and help us "become fountains of healing and inspiration, as Jesus was."
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I loved the concept. The author's idea is excellent. To hear how the original Jesus might have sounded resonated deep within me.
No, I found his singing annoying after a while. Though I listened to the entire book because I felt he was deeply sincere about his message.
No, listen for yourself. Their is a lot to be learned here and it may resonate with another in a much more positive manner.
Audible needs to put some of his ridiculous meditative chants in the sample listen. Also, I guess I should have picked up on this when listening to the sample, but the reader (and author) has a very effeminate speech pattern that is incredibly distracting. So distracting that I can only listen in small doses. Such a pity because the content is very interesting. Without a working knowledge of Aramaic, I don't know how much is fact, opinion, or conjecture. But his interpretations are nonetheless intellectually and spiritually stimulating.
This would be a 5+ star book if a professional reader were reading and the chants were separated into their own (skippable) chapters.
This book opened my eyes to a Jesus that I always knew had to exist, but I had never heard of before. It helped me to bridge the gap between what is true in my heart, and what I learned in Sunday school and church. I will listen to this again.
Absolutely, this is a good representation on what Jeshua actually said (and didn't say), within the cultural context of the society he was a part of.
I highly recommend this book, the chants and meditations interspersed are a really nice bonus too!
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