Sense and Sensuality

Jesus Talks with Oscar Wilde on the Pursuit of Pleasure
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: Great Conversations Series, Book 1
Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (230 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Why would God create us with such strong appetites for pleasure if he didn't intend for us to indulge them? Oscar Wilde gets to ask Jesus Christ this question in Ravi Zacharias' fictional dialogue - the second book in the dramatic great conversation series.

Wilde, a witty author and conversationalist, who committed his life to the pursuit of pleasure, is the ideal person to argue with Jesus about this perplexing issue. The two historical figures think out loud about beauty, Blaise Pascal, and the Bible in a sparkling interchange that will fascinate and inspire readers.

©2006 Ravi Zacharias (P)2006 christianaudio.com

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Interesting Dialogue that fell short of Greatness

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I love the idea of Jesus taking someone at their death bed for one final adventure and conversation about their life. Especially with someone who's made such a train wreck of their life like Oscar Wilde. Jesus, Wilde and Blaze Pascal walking through Paris and different places Wilde has been in his life. It almost reminds me of A Christmas Carol. I can somewhat relate to Wilde in many ways so I was able to connect with the story quite well for the most part.Why i feel this fell short of Greatness was there were parts that felt very relevant to me and culture today but at the same time their were times where I didn't really understand what they were saying. It was all very intelligent and poetically written but so much so that I had trouble understanding what they were talking about at points. I was like that sounded really pretty and really smart but i have no idea what they just said. So there where points where I got lost. Also I felt like i was getting a lot of head knowledge but didn't really know what to do what that knowledge.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the three of them were walking through the cemetery and the red light district. The church though brief was a nice scene as well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The seeker of pleasure who found only pain meets the man who endured the greatest pain and offers the greatest pleasure.

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The opposite of the world's message.

This book does a masterful job of explaining message of the Bible and how it is vastly different then what the world preaches.

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Wonderful

Absolutely loves this book! Read it in tandem with a picture of Dorian Gray. Profound

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Finished it in one evening

Listened to the whole thing in one evening. I couldn't put it down as it were. Great book, on how temptation can stalk us and mislead us to think at it's right hand are pleasures evermore. When it reality there is death and pain. Only through the relationship of Christ do our souls come alive to experience pleasures evermore He has in store for us!

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An absolute must for every person

What a reminder of how we could miss our calling by allowing the flesh its sensual desires.

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gets better each time I hear it, #2 go around.

propels me to a deeper understanding of what as a young man I wrestled with. now as a mature adult, it becomes crystal clear. recommend reading and listening both.

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  • Ed
  • 09-17-18

Everyone Should Read

This was a great book and is a must read for everyone. It hits the heart of a worldwide epidemic.

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Ravi Z

Fantastic book, fantastic narration. A must listen! Only wish It was longer. But the point was made

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amazing

I wasn't sure if I'd like this book when I purchased it and didn't begin it right away. however, once I started it I couldn't stop listening whenever I had the opportunity. I plan to relisten at least once because there are so many deep truths in it that it will require at least one more listen. i also want to read up on Oscar Wilde more. what a timely message for today's pleasure hungry culture.

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Convicting and thought provoking!

Ravi, has done an excellent job!
The performance was also good. I will recommend this book to many people.

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  • Jeffrey Rufino
  • 05-05-16

Great book

I love how it teaches us the 3 temptations Satan's tries to tempt us with Food, Power and Pleasure.