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Lotus and the Cross Audiobook

Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha

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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever wondered what Jesus would say to Mohammed? Or Buddha? Or Oscar Wilde? Maybe you have a friend who practices another religion or admires a more contemporary figure. Drop in on a conversation between Jesus and some well-known individuals whose search for the meaning of life took them in many directions - and influenced millions.

Popular scholar Ravi Zacharias sets a captivating scene in this first in the intriguing Conversations with Jesus series. Through dialogue between Christ and Gautama Buddha that reveals Jesus' warm, impassioned concern for all people, God's true nature is explored. It's a well-priced version that you will enjoy owning.

©2001 Ravi Zacharias; (P)2008 christianaudio.com

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    Mandola303 03-14-16
    Mandola303 03-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "a good concise comparison"

    Ravi does an excellent job of making concise ideas for comparison. His ability to illustrate to communicate ideas is wonderful. This is a book that focuses on a few topics which will lead to more questions, but I think that is great. It's a good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kellen Tustin, CA, United States 10-14-13
    Kellen Tustin, CA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Make this into a movie!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lotus and the Cross the most enjoyable?

    The dialogue between Jesus and Buddha was fascinating. The story of the young woman trapped in the life of prostitution was heart wrenching and something I could somewhat relate too. And Visually the idea of Jesus, Buddha and this woman being ferry boated through south east asia and walking through buddhist temples i would simply love to see on a movie screen.


    What other book might you compare Lotus and the Cross to and why?

    The only things i can compare this to is Zacharias's other Great Conversation books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably when the 4 of them are walking through the temple.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The devastating story of this young woman's life.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the only that could have been better was having their action's narrated in 3rd person rather than having the characters themselves say what they were about to do or were doing in 1st person. It sounds really heavy handed and a little cheesy. And when Buddha quoted a common phrase from Ravi Zacharias himself i was like "What? Would Buddha really say that?" Fortunately these things only happened a few times and not enough to ruin the book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David Noble Atlanta GA 07-24-17
    David Noble Atlanta GA 07-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One-sided confirmation bias"

    Totally one-sided. Jesus wins every argument. In that sense, this is propaganda and not drama. I was hoping for a genuine discourse between the two savior figures, but this is clearly confirmation bias for literalist fundamentalist Christians. I recommend the works of Carl Jung for comparative religion. Literalism cannot function for such comparison.

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    Bukedi 04-10-16
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    "Worship is in the core of human worth."

    I loved it! This is like the 3rd time I've listened to this audio book and each time it leaves a sense owe and gratitude to God who chose Dr. Ravi to witness to my spirit and strengthen my faith and commitment to God. And thanks to Vince for such wonderful lecture. Praise be to God, my Father!

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    Julie 02-12-15
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    "Insightful, Creative"

    It's impressive that an author could capture such imposing figures as Jesus and Buddha so accurately. Not only was this book informative, it was creative and enjoyable. Check it.

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    Jessica Tampa FL 05-14-12
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    "Compelling story; provocative comparisons."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Ravi's book is written from the Christian viewpoint and the comparisons to Buddhism are certainly provocative. Knowing little about Buddhism, I found myself reading externally to learn more. That said, the story is compelling and the reader, Simon Vance, does an excellent job. I recommend this book.


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    "Pleasant and informative reading"

    I've found this book great because I had never come across any material that would synthesize what Buddhism stands for and how it stands compared to the message of Jesus. Guiding us through a pleasant narrative, Gautama Buddha's story is introduced to the layperson and the most remarkable aspects of that worldview are shed light upon.
    This is an indispensable reading for those who want to know more about other worldviews and compare the principles of religions with the teachings of Jesus.

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    "Lotus and the Cross"

    Inspiring for any one seeking the truth and spiritual path to salvation. Plus and understanding of Buddha.

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    Salvador 01-11-17
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    "A Delightful Dialectic"

    A throughly engrossing discussion expressing the teachings of Jesus and Buddha superbly performed the narrator. Both Jesus and Buddha sought to confront the human condition yet go about it in radically different ways: The former seeking to heal and redeem the heart; the latter deny and dissolve it.
    We are made deepen our appreciation of the salvific message of Jesus in the course of this dialogue.

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    "Great book review by Sambath"

    Great written using both teaching to converse with the right subjects and walked through real life story, the story that all of us facing everyday.

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    "Interesting but extremely biased"

    First of all, this is read very nicely by Simon Vance (one of my favourite readers of audiobooks).

    I was expecting a stimulating and balanced discussion between two of the most famous people in history who have a continuing influence on the World today. However, the Christ presented here is pompous, arrogant and self-righteous. He spends the whole book attacking Shakyamuni Buddha and Buddhism. Christ never mentions antinomianism - a major failing of Christianity.

    The author is clearly a Christian and clearly does not understand or respect Buddhism. However, I would recommend this audiobook to anybody because it is thought provoking if flawed and irritating at times.

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