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A gifted storyteller and spiritual director, Father James Martin, SJ, invites listeners to experience the stories of the Gospels in a completely new, vivid, and exciting way to gain a deeper understanding of Jesus. Moving sequentially through the Gospels, considering not only familiar passages but also the "hidden life" of Jesus, the book offers a bold retelling of the life of Christ, faithful to the Christian tradition, while meditating on parts of the narrative that have often escaped notice.

Martin provides personal stories from his own life, the most up-to-date biblical scholarship, and powerful anecdotes from beloved spiritual teachers, and brings the listener along on his own real-life travels through the Holy Land.

Combining the fascinating insights of historical Jesus studies with profound spiritual reflections about the Christ of faith, Martin re-creates the world of first-century Galilee and Judea to usher us into Jesus's life and times and reveal how Jesus speaks to us today. Jesus: A Pilgrimage is an invitation to know Jesus as Father Martin knows him: Messiah and Savior, as well as friend and brother.

©2014 James Martin, SJ (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Loved it

When I began I felt like I missed parts because there was so much information so then I realized that I had focus on listening rather than having it as "background" By the end I was wanting more and didn't want it to end. It made me think and changed my perspective on a lot of the stories I grew up hearing. I would recommend to anyone who doesn't feel like it's possible to "know" Jesus. This book changed my mind

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I Never Thought I'd Say This, But. . .

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm recommending this book to anyone of any faith who is interested in spirituality. Following the process of St. Ignatius Loyola, Fr. James Martin (a Jesuit priest) shows us how to pray in a different way. He uses his own experience of prayer, in connection with his one visit to the Holy Land, to teach a very simple but also very exciting way to get beyond the recitation of words to a real understanding of spirituality. For the Catholic reader, this book also will teach how to understand the Church's approach to Sacred Scripture. Fr. Martin reads this book himself, and he is the best one to do it, having lived the experiences he describes. I can't recommend this audiobook enough!

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Visiting the Holy Land with James and Jesus

Listening to this book I felt like I was there on pilgrimage with James Martin and his friend and fellow priest George. I felt the broiling heat of the sun and the cool breezes from the Sea of Galilee. I could sense the occasional mundane sites with their cheap trinkets being sold to bored tourists claiming some Biblical event may have happened there. But I could also hear the thunder and the roar of the waves sinking the boat as Jesus crossed the sea and I could hear His voice as He stood and calmed the sea. I could hear Him speak as He preached to the people sitting in a simple fishing boat at a natural amphitheater at the Sea of Galilee. I almost shivered from touching the cold stone slab on which the dead body of Jesus was prepared for burial. Most important, I could sense the presence of Jesus healing at the pool of Bethsaida and multiplying the loaves to feed the multitude and rise from His tomb to speak once again to Peter, Mary Magdalene, James Martin, and me.

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Remarkable book!what

What fascinating Way to think about Jesus. It really helps you think about the human life and times of Christ.

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Jesus by James Martin SJ

This was an exceptionally well written book. James Martin wove together his pilgrimage experiences, his scholarly scripture insights and his personal relationship with Jesus. His reading of his own book added a personal dimension. I could hardly wait to get to the next chapter.

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Great book

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It made me feel like I was on pilgrimage with them and made me realize that I am not spending enough time finding "my Jesus."

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Most Enjoyable

This is a well written and engaging memoir. I enjoyed the author's reading and found his voice a beautiful addition to his reflections.

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Highly Recommend

What did you love best about Jesus?

Fr. James Martin is a gifted (and blessed) teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed his explanation of the story of Jesus.

Have you listened to any of James Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to both Between Heaven and Mirth and The Lives of the Saints. This book is as compelling and enjoyable.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Puts Jesus and the Bible in to Context

Wonderful storytelling and insightful eyewitness narrative of the holy lands. It is inspiring and thought provoking. Well worth the cost and time. Highly recommend for any Catholic, Christian or non-believer. Peace!

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Excellent book.

This is an Excellent book for Christians and non-Christians alike. It will deepen your spirituality. It is thought provoking and inspiring.

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  • Joseph O'Connell
  • 10-18-15

Brilliant Jesus is alive to me

Inspired writing a story told and then related well to our modern day experience it's changed the way I see the bible

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  • Leo Delaney
  • 09-16-15

As close as I could be to being there.....to date!

What did you like most about Jesus?

The honesty of the book and the personal accounts provided yet applicable to everyone

What did you like best about this story?

A new view and perspective into previous held beliefs and thought, some incorrectly so

What does James Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It was as though you were a third member of the pilgrimage, it was very inclusive.

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  • Julie
  • 03-08-16

A joyful journey

A beautiful journey into the land of the Gospels. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 04-28-17

Mixed genre, solid scholarship, great breadth

Maybe I enjoyed this book the more, because it brought back the experiences of my own pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and found Fr Jim's personal accounts of of his peregrinations in search of the Holy Places evocative and honest. At first, I was a wee bit concerned we might be treated to all the "holiday snaps", but Fr Jim does know how to weave together personal experience, theology, history, archaeology, bible criticism and exegesis from many sources. And he is never po' faced. I'm glad that his pilgrimage gave him as much pleasure (but sometimes irritation) as mine did, but he can tell the tale better and to more effect than I.

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  • Stephen Callaghan
  • 04-12-17

Insightful and personal

The author reads his own insights from his Pilgrimage and brings the Gospel alive for readers today, drawing upon his own life experiences. Well worth listening to.

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  • Ali
  • 12-06-17

Excellent

Well spoken, excellent story and descriptions. Really helped me to better understand Jesus. For those wanting to know more about Jesus.

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  • Bezelthia
  • 09-09-17

A personal pilgrimage

It was beautifully written with readings from the Gospels, exposition and story telling about James' own pilgrimage in the Holy Land. I really felt that I was experiencing the sights with him and it gave me a new insight into the stories in the Gospels about Jesus and about the parables and miracles. A great book.