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61. Bible Speaks Today Series
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62. The Bhagavad Gita
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63. The Qur'an Translation
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61. Bible Speaks Today Series
by David Atkinson, J. A. Motyer, John R. W. Stott
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62. The Bhagavad Gita
by Eknath Easwaran
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Catlog: Book (1985-06-01)
Publisher: Nilgiri Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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The most familiar and best-loved of all the scriptures of Indiain a practical, accessible translation, with illuminating introductionsto each chapter. 240 pages ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent explanation of the essence of Hinduism
Sri Eknath Eswaran's book has beautifully described the core meaning and essence of the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. He has made it possible even for non-hindus and non-religious people to understand and answer the philosophical questions that haunt us, like why are we born on earth? what is each man's mission in life? how does the whole political and social system of the universe work? To me it has reinforced the faith and belief in the Supreme spirit that govers and rules this world and courage to stand for what I believe is Truth.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Lords Gita
This is a great accessable gita for all type of seekers. This translation is written in a very understandable form and flows very well.
It begins every chapter with a short analysis and detailed explanation of Sanskrit terms, spiritual principles and science behind them. It is also a nice size that makes for carrying it around with convenience.
This particular translation is will be appreciated by those open minded spiritual seekers since it is written as more of a spiritual guide than a religious text. Although religious types can also appreciate it.
The wisdom of the Gita is eternal and this one really does it justice.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book to live by
"A great book to live by" could be applied to 90% of Easwaran's work, but this was the first work of his that I was exposed to.. and it was one that had a profound effect.

Easwaran has taken an ancient tale and translated it into more than just English; Rather, he's translated into our daily lives. For those who find religious traditions other than their own to be too foreign, this edition of the Gita, with commentary, opens up the tradition of Krishna to the West.

This particular translation, however, doesn't focus heavily on Krishna, Arjuna, or the traditions of Hinduism. Instead, it paints a picture of a human being, like any of us, in a moral dilemna. Few of us have an advisor like Krishna to call upon, but we do have Easwaran.

5-0 out of 5 stars A gracious and precious description of the human condition
This review is being written by one whose life has been deeply moved by Christ Jesus, but who knows only little about yoga or other religions.

Eknath Easwaran has succeeded in capturing the essence of life the Bhagavad Gita embraces and continues on to describe who we really are and where our strength lies.
The revelation that we are strangers and aliens in the world, that we are (in the deepest sense) not mortal human beings but eternal spiritual beings and belong to and are one with Him and one another can come only to Arjuna from Krishna.
The reliance on and obedience to this inner voice is Action.
There are many paths, but only one journey.
This is one of the most beautiful descriptions of Jesus Christ I have ever read.
If you live in the world, you would do well to read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, clear, and enlightening translation
Eknath Easwaran's translation is poetic and beautiful making it readable and inspiring and managing at the same time to clearly state Krishna' spiritual message. Easwaran's translation manages to prove its merit for both spiritual and scholarly study. Many of the other translations are very dry coming from scholars who just know how to translate Sanskrit to English mechanically.Whereas Easwaran was a professor of English and now a spiritual guru; so he has a grasp on both worlds. They do not properly help explain the various yogas Krishna tells Arjuna; reading this translation has been the best explanation of yoga I have ever read before. Each chapter has an introduction to it and there is a glossary of terms in the back. The other translations I think fail also to understand and clearly explain the heart of Krishnia's message which is essentially that one's atman, soul, higher self etc. is one with brahman, the divine, the universe, the source of everything etc and that this liberation can be discovered through the path of yoga. There is not just one path of yoga but many like Karma Yoga(path of selfless service) and Raja Yoga(path of meditation.) The beauty of the Bhagavad Gita is that it explains a way to enter the path to liberation, no matter what stage of spiritual awareness you are it. The Bhagavad Gita manages to explain and apply esoteric and mystical practices to ones everyday life.This is why I think The Bhagavad Gita is the most popular text from India's spiritual texts. Also according to our karma and dharma, we will die and be born again and again until he are liberated. The Bhagavad Gita is a text that I believe should be read by anyone on the "spiritual" path. It is by far one of the greatest "spiritual" text ever written and we are fortunate to share this gift because of Easwaran's brilliant translation. ... Read more

63. The Qur'an Translation
by Abdullah Yusuf Ali
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Catlog: Book (1999-01-01)
Publisher: Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an
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Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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This English translation of the Qur'an is a compilation of the Muslim faith's Final Revelation from God to mankind through the last Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon Him. The Qur'an has a wealth of information--both worldly wisdom and intellectual concepts--providing a code of life for humankind generally and Muslims in particular. Indeed, the Qur'an's miracle lies in its ability to offer something to non-believers and everything to believers. This edition is fully indexed. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Most Authentic
This translation is considered the most authentic by Muslim scholars. It is the one that is supported by the government of Saudi Arabia and is most widely read by English-speaking Muslims. A translation of the Qur'an can never fully transmit the meaning or reflect the beauty of the original text. But the reality is that many people who seek to understand the message of the Qur'an will not be able to learn Arabic. It should be kept in mind that though the Arabic word may have multiple meanings, only one of those meanings gets translated to English (imagine what would happen to one of Shakespeare's puns if it was traslated to Arabic). But for English-speakers, this is the best option (though Mohammad Asad's translation is also very respected). The caveat is that to truly understand the Qur'an, it is important to read not only the text itself, but to understand it in context of the time it was revealed. Though Muslims consider the Qur'an to be timeless, many passages relate specifically to events occuring in the prophet's life or in the young Muslim community.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Informative, Necessary to know WHY!
After the constant ruckus with terrorist I decided to read the Qur'an for the simple reason that Sun Tzu taught in his Art of War writings...that we should "know our enemy," So I jumped into Abdullah Yusuf Ali's translation of the Qur'an...

I realized after reading other introductory books that it is likely that Islam would not consider any English translation of the Qur'an a true indication of its original meaning. But it is close and the best we mere mortals can do. After reading this version of the Qur'an, it is clear that the whole world is to come under the purview of God or Allah! In Islamic terminology God is simply called Allah.

I also believe that the Qur'an actually charges Muslims to fight against any and all who pervert their religion from within, such as Osama Bin Laden and the terrorist of 9-11. Muslims who believe otherwise have been misdirected and mislead due to ignorance, illiteracy and oppressive leadership.

Yes, the Qur'an teaches not to trust the West but it also condemns without question the terrorist activities of Osama bin Laden. As Bernard Lewis says, "there is no precedent or authority in Islam" for 9-11.

I have been fascinated by the similarities in all religions and I am also equally distressed at the conflicts that develop between various sects, denominations and major beliefs systems in the world. They are all basically saying the same thing. It just gets said in different ways and from a slightly different perspective. Then some jerk says, "my way is the only way and all hell breaks loose."

Even though they are all trying to achieve the same thing, "oneness with, mercy from...and communion with God." No matter what a religion calls its Deity, the bottom line is that they are all referring to God. Islam and other religions are no different. Allah is God, Jehovah is God, Jesus is God, the great "I Am" is God and on and on...

In reading this version of the Qur'an as translation by Abdullah Yusuf Ali. I noticed that you wind up with religious rhetoric similar in speech to almost all other religions. Be good, do no harm, but stand up for your belief, and practice brotherly love, relief and truth in all things.

Do all that you have promised to do, and do not encroach upon another person or their property. The same basic principles exist in them all. Here are ten common founding principles:

1. GOD IS, WAS and always WILL BE
2. God had a hand in creating all things
3. God controls all things to a certain degree and sent messengers to guide and change us for the better.
4. God has rules and requires obedience
5. Human beings are unable to control their worst desires, and like water, will seek the lowest most base activities possible without God's influence
6. God judges all, the good and the bad
7. God will ultimately reward the good and punish the wicked
8. God will forgive a repentant soul, but not a lying hypocrite
9. We should remain faithful, punish deviance, and provide brotherly love, relief and truth to those who follow his teachings and/or repent.
10.To sum this all up in all religions "It is best for mankind to believe in and obey God and his messengers and do not turn away from him." All religions that seek God carry these basic tenants, all of them.

I have not found one that says you cannot have civilization, industry and modernization or that you cannot have healthy and wholesome, movies, parks and skyscrapers, freedoms, liberties and comfort.

They do not become deviant, greedy or corrupt, gluttonous, decadent, murderous, materialistic, hedonistic, or licentious. In short restraint is the better path and liberal excessiveness and progressive physical self-gratification as practiced today in many quarters in the West, with their sinful nature, is evil and wrong...

An interesting and informative read, I highly recommend...

1-0 out of 5 stars Only one god and Allah isnt his name.....
Allah is the name of the only God in Islam. Allah is a pre-Islamic name coming from the compound Arabic word Al-ilah which means the God, which is derived from al (the) ilah (deity). It was also the name of the chief god among the numerous idols (360) in the Kaaba in Mecca. Today a Muslim is one who submits to the God Allah.

Islam means submission to (Allah), but originally it meant that strength which characterized a desert warrior who, even when faced with impossible odds, would fight to the death for his tribe. (Dr. M. Baravmann, The Spiritual Background of Early Islam, E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1972)

Many believe the word "Allah" was derived from the mid- eastern word "el" which in Ugaritic, Caananite and Hebrew can mean a true or false God. This is not the case, "The source of this (Allah) goes back to pre-Muslim times. Allah is not a common name meaning "God" (or a "god"), and the Muslim must use another word or form if he wishes to indicate any other than his own peculiar deity." (Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics (ed. Hastings), I:326.)

According to the Encyclopedia of Religion, Allah corresponded to the Babylonian god Baal, and Arabs knew of him long before Mohammed worshipped him as the supreme God. Before Islam the Arabs recognized many gods and goddesses, each tribe had their own deity. There were also nature deities. Allah was the god of the local Quarish tribe, which was Mohammed's tribe before he invented Islam to lead his people out of their polytheism. Allah was then known as the Moon God, who had 3 daughters who were viewed as intercessors for the people into Allah. Their names were Al-at, Al-uzza, and Al-Manat, which were three goddesses; the first two daughters of Allah had names which were feminine forms of Allah. Hubal was the chief God of the Kaaba among the other 360 deities. Hubal was the chief God of the Kaaba among the other 360 deities. Hubal was a statue likeness of a man whose body was made of red precious stones whose arms were made of gold.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Truth
The Qur'an brought me closer to the mystical nature of human kind, and Abdullah Yousef Ali did a wonderful job in shedding light on the mystic and poetic nature of Islam. Only those who are natural, who love this Earth and are also willing to believe in miracles will see the true nature of this book.
Qur'an comes from the Arabic word Iqra'=read(verb). Therefore, Qur'an=that which is read upon you. The texts in the Qur'an carry symbols and signs that fall upon believers everyday to guide them onto righteous and noble paths.
I was raised a muslim, so thankfully I didn't have to break through all the obsantites that the unbelievers spewed about Islam. I am a firm believer of the Day of Judgement, and a firm believer that Islam has unfolded the true histories of humanity's struggles on Earth from the creation of Adam and Eve up untill the last prophet Muhammed (PBUH). Unfortunately, the Bible's texts aren't accurate because they've been ill-treated after Jesus's ressurection, and they were also changed and handed down from one corrupt authority to the next.
This case isn't true for the Qura'an because the prophet recited the Qura'an once a year during the month of Ramadan with the Angel Gabriel in order to protect the verses from being distorted, and then he recited them from memory and muslims wrote it down to preserve the symbolic words of Allah. Don't be alarmed, there are thousands of muslim children today who know this book off by heart.
The Qura'an carries symbolic texts which reveal the true sacrifices and hardships that all the prophets went though to pass on God's message. Jesus is not the son of God he was only his prophet, endowed with the knowledge of healing and magic. God has his own singular nature and owns a kingdom. The Qur'an reveals that every creature on this Earth crawled out from the water except Adam and Eve who decended from the heavens. This was written almost 1400 years ago, and yet it compiles with Darwin's theory. The Qura'an also reveals that this earth will be replaced by another one, after it's purified from evil. It will be replaced by the Lord of the Worlds,Allah,which justifies that Earth is not the only World that God/Allah created. Those who are good will stay and enjoy Earth's nature to its fullest i.e. absolute bliss and happiness. But the unbelievers will be fuel for hell, because the Qura'an defines this case as the harsh reality of nature's truth.
Moreover, God chose to reveal his true holy scriptures through the Arabic language because the Arabic alphabet represents the rythmic beats of our souls. In the Qura'an God reveals that he made humans out of clay and then gave it a soul from his breath. Therefore, the name Allah came to light because the last letter 'h: haa' represents the giving of breath. The first letter 'A' represents the beginning of life, because it's the first letter in the Arabic alphabet as well as the English one. However, the letter 'L'or'lam' in Arabic remains mysterious but might symbolize pain and the giving of life. In the Qura'an singular letters are often introduced in certain verses and they carry mystical and symbolic meanings that the translator of this book tried his best to explain. Moreover, this book carries both the English translation on one side, and the Arabic on the other so it will also be interesting to admire the beautiful calligraphy of this ancient semitic language.
One of Islam's major revelations is the return of Jesus. Muslims believe that Jesus was saved by God and wasn't crucifed on the cross. Instead, the Jewish diciple that deceived him was turned by God to look like Jesus in order to deceive his enemies, because The Lord of the Worlds has mercy on his prophets and obediant servants and will never let harm come their way. True Muslims also beleive that Jesus will return soon, because the signs of the revelations have appeared. Metals will fly and speak: radios and planes; arab nomads will build towers in their deserts: the booming of the oil industry in the middle-east.
The Qura'an made me a strong symbolic interactionist. It made me understand people's thought process, so it offered me the power to catch on swiftly to what others want to say. In other words, it offered me a unique sense of wit and besides, this life is meaningless without signs and symbols. This only became possible after carefully studying the Qura'an by the aid of this translation and I also used additional texts that include the prophets teachings/'ahadith'.
As a muslim, who lives in the US, I do admit that many muslims today don't recognise the beauty and the truth that this book has to offer. Prime examples are Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. They misinterpreted the term jihad in the Qura'an because they weren't true believers. They were greedy for control and power. There are many arenas of Jihad nowadays such as the media, so they will have no excuses for what they've done.If they were true believers then they would have loved their faith enough to safeguard it from heresay and in return they would have thought of safer and effective options/mediums to make a noble difference in the world. The pen is mightier than the sword, but they weren't patient for that because Allah's love wasn't enough for them.
If you don't beleive in One God, in his Angels, his Holy Books, in Heaven and in Hell and in the Last Day of Judgement, then don't waste your time reading this book.
I definitely, most definitely, recommend this translation.
Just passing on the love,

3-0 out of 5 stars The best book in the world?
If you're considering purchase of this book, you are either 1)a Muslim, 2)someone who wants to understand a perceived enemy, or 3)just curious. Well, here it is, the Qur'an: what Muslims will tell you is the best, truest, most lyrical, most inspiring book in the world. It is, we are told by Muslims and by the Qur'an itself, so good that it is an an absolute miracle, and that no person or spiritual entity [Angel or Jinn (Jinn are spirit beings created from a smokeless flame of fire)] could produce even one chapter that was as good as the Qur'an. There are some problems that non-Muslims will have with this claim. For example, one of the chapters (Surah 72) consists (except for the intro sentence) entirely of a conversation among Jinn, the inclusion of which disproves the Qur'an's claim with its own words. Also, the Qur'an thinks the Christian Trinity is made up of Father, Son and Mary. The Qur'an has a Samaritan help Aaron make his golden calf (while Moses is getting the 10 Commandments) 800 years before Samaria even existed. The Qur'an talks about Jesus, but while he is called the Messiah, the Qur'an strips him of his crucifixion and resurrection, and Mohammed declared on several occasions that believing in Jesus divinity is the greatest possible sin.

I gave it 3 stars because it is what it is, which should account for something, I guess. ... Read more

64. The New Interpreter's Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version With the Apocrapha
by Walter J. Harrelson
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Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Thought I had the best but now found something better.
This new version of scripture and ensuing notes have me very interested, again, to read over the bible. I really appreciated the inclusion of the Apocryphal/Deut...portion because it included the orthodox books also.

I do realize that the conservatives will argue it was too liberal and the liberals will say it did not go far enough but for the bulk of us who sit in the middle I'm sure I can say it is well done. Yes, a few type holes exist etc., but nothing is perfect.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good; well ahead of the competition.
The NISB succeeds where other study bibles fail (see my review of the New Oxford Annotated Bible, 3rd ed.), because the editors have wisely chosen to limit its focus. The introduction states that the chief objective is "to make biblical and theological scholarship readily available to those engaged in preaching and teaching in the ecumenical church." That's a much narrower focus than most study bibles, which attempt to balance the needs of a wide spectrum of readers. The broad emphasis of the NISB tends to be more theological and exegetical, than explanatory or expository. As a result, it's a useful resource for its target audience - but probably less useful for more general readers or students. As a pastor, I find it sufficient for my needs, and it has become my study bible of choice.

The overall thrust is deliberately ecumenical, and reflects current critical and theological scholarship. Some readers will doubtless label it "liberal" - oooo, the bogeyman! There's a glut of study bibles out there, and thoughtful readers will want more than one (I use the NIV Study Bible for a conservative perspective, and for its outstanding reference features - the best I've seen anywhere). Anyone with the capacity for rational thought will find commentary in the NISB with which they'll disagree; if that's threatening to you, then buy something else. For example, this card-carrying liberal believes that Jesus is indeed the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father except through him. The commentary at John 14:6, however, provides me with little useful guidance for the "other-faiths" question. But - it makes me think. That's the main strength of the NISB: it provokes thought, and it asks and encourages good questions. Anyone looking for authoritative answers won't find them here. [begin rant] The world would be an infinitely better place if leaders, authors and publishers would encourage and expect people to ASK QUESTIONS and THINK FOR THEMSELVES [end rant]. Like many other things in this world, a good study bible is an excellent servant, but a poor master.

Particularly interesting are the many "excursuses" scattered throughout. These notes pursue a single theme - Holy War (in Joshua), or Household Codes (Ephesians). They vary in length from a few sentences to more than a page, and often address questions I haven't thought to ask - which is precisely why they're helpful.

My major complaint: the Apocrypha, 400 pages, more than one-sixth of the whole book. I don't use it, I don't want it, and I don't like turning to where Luke should be and finding Third Maccabees. They should publish the Apocrypha in a separate volume, and make this a thinner, less expensive book - or perhaps devote a fraction of that space to in-text maps, or even a center-column cross-reference apparatus.

Minor, curmudgeonly complaints: 1) Every single book introduction ends with an identical two-line statement, that the study notes are based on the outline in the introduction. This is a perfectly valid editorial policy, but a) So what? and, b) Stating it once in the general introduction, rather than 84 separate times, would shorten an already too-large book by two or three pages and would, over the course of a long press life, save a few trees from being chopped down. At least the twelve huge volumes of the NIB are printed on recycled paper. 2) Suggestion for the copy editor: use spellcheck before you copy-and-paste. "Baased" should be "based" (pp. 1802, 1849, 1906...). Like, duh! 3) The print quality, at least in the leather edition, is uneven - a few pages are printed too lightly.

Abingdon is, of course, branding the New Interpreter's label on a variety of products. I'm impressed with those I've seen - the flagship NIB is superb, and the new Pastor's Bible Study looks promising. Kudos to Abingdon - may they keep up the good work. If they call me, I'll tell them exactly what I want in the second edition!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent study bible
I have the ESV Heirloom Calfskin Bible, the leather NIV Cambridge Wide Margin Bible, the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, the Oxford Annotated Study Bible, the Harper Collins Study Bible and now this bible. For overall usefulness this has got all the other's beaten. The ESV Heirloom is my favorite bible just to read. It is so soft and beautiful that it is an experience on it's own.
The print in the ESV is nicer to read, but it does not have the excellent study notes the the New Interpreter's Bible has. These study notes are so good and allow you to study without having to go back and forth between commentaries. I think this is an awesome bible. The NRSV is a very good translation and I also like having the apocrypha.

My only complaints are as follows:

I wish the print were a little bit bigger and easier to read. Also, I like wide margins to write in, which the New Interpreter's does not have. The best bible for this is the Cambridge NIV wide margin(It is also a great bible).

The quality of the cover and binding is certainly not in the same league as the ESV Heirloom but it is also not nearly as expensive.

I have done a lot of study on the computer with various bible software programs, but it is not the same as sitting down and reading your bible in a comfortable chair. This bible is great for doing just that. High marks for a very good bible. Hope they do a few improvements to make it even better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent study guide, Bad binding
Am enjoying this latest addition to my Biblical library, however, as another has said the binding is pretty bad.

3-0 out of 5 stars A DISAPPOINTMENT
I bought this Bible because I have enjoyed reading the commentaries in the New Interpreter's Bible. Some of the annotators in the Study Bible are the same as in the NIB, but many seem to be to less respectful of the Biblical text. The notes for the various books in this Bible are by 62 different scholars, ranging from conservative to skeptical. At John 14.6 ("No one comes to the Father except through me.") we learn that this text "celebrates how Jesus reveals God for those in this particular faith community and is not a statement about the relative worth of the world's religions." A note on the parable of judgment in Matthew 25 informs us that this parable is at odds with the acknowledgment of God's inclusive mercy in Matthew 5. Some of the books are well-served by their annotators.
Old Testament passages quoted in the New are seldom noted in the Old Testament and sometimes overlooked in the New.
This would be a good Bible for someone who is interested only in literary and historical aspects of the Bible. I regret I bought it. ... Read more

65. Approval Addiction : Overcoming Your Need to Please Everyone
by Joyce Meyer
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Bestselling author Joyce Meyer confronts the need for approval that is so evident in today’s world.

So many people these days have an unhealthy need for constant affirmation and are unable to feel good about themselves without it. Thiscan lead to major problems in relationships and may even turn into an addiction. In her latest book, Joyce Meyer provides a release from the need for acceptance from the outside world--an acceptancethat is unfulfilling and leads only to disappointment. She provides a supportive voice that understands the effect of insecurity in one’s life. Her abiding message is that God provides all the security one needs, and through Him one can attain freedom from the approval addiction. ... Read more

66. Holy Thinline Compact Bible: New International Version, Black/Tan Italian Leather Duo Tone
by Not Applicable (Na )
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars the cover feels like butter
i love the feel of this bible. it is similiar in feel to the calf skin leather ones that cost over $$$. i like the small size of it. i can easily put it in my purse to keep close at hand. the type isn't too bad. it would be nice in a large print version. there extras in the back of the bible which include a list of topics (such as guilt) then it gives you a list verses dealing with the topic. there is also a list of all of Jesus' miracles.

overall this is a very nice bible. you will enjoy it. ... Read more

67. Groups
by John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson, Judson Poling, Laurie Pederson, John Ortberg, Judson Poling
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As part of the Pursuing Spiritual Transformation series, Groups invites you to enjoy the rewards-and braces the risks-of community through authentic relationships. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good resource and guide
This book is a good tool to use for small groups, fellowship studies, or sunday school class. I used it for my college sunday school class to place emphasis on embracing our Christian community. While John Ortberg does a good job at painting the picture for us, it is basically his "The Life You've Always Wanted" book re-done for small groups in a practical way. I enjoyed using this guide but had to restructure the questions and format to cater to a sunday school environment. I would recommend making sure you know your group, and understand their needs, and perhaps come up with additional questions to meet the needs of your group. ... Read more

68. Tao Te Ching : 25th-Anniversary Edition
by Lao Tsu
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Scholars say that the original Tao Te Ching is a poem. Like a poem, this version of the Tao Te Ching is not meant to be read in one breath from front to back, but is to be at intervals internalized and contemplated. Jane English's haunting black-and-white photos that undulate in and out on every page act as glycerin elixirs, helping the words slide into our souls for patient digestion. The photographs--of a glistening spider web, cloud-enveloped mountain tops, reflections on water, leaves in the sunlight--are as serenely lyrical as the ancient text, itself. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not Scholarly--Experiential!
"The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao."

So begins this version of the Tao Te Ching. This book provides an experience of the Tao like few others. First, there is the blank page. Lots of white space. The absence, the void.

"The Tao is an empty vessel; it is used, but never filled."

"Profit comes from what is there, / Usefulness from what is not there."

Emptiness is the vessel which contains the words and images of this experience. Each chapter is written in both English and Chinese. I don't even pretend read Chinese, but the characters evoke a sense of something beyond ...

"The form of the formless / the image of the imageless / it is called indefinable and beyond imagination."

The English translation reads smoothly. This is not the awkward prose frequently stumbled over when a scholar attempts to reproduce the ambiguities of the original in a foreign tongue. These words play smoothly together. The text does

"not tinkle like jade / or clatter like stone chimes."

The final element in this alchemy is the photographs:

"Less and less is done / until non-action is achieved. / When nothing is done, nothing is left undone."

Absent in this volume are the reams of footnotes which clutter most Taos I've read. Absent, too, are chapters on historical background and the relationship to Confucianism. If you seek these things, seek elsewhere.

For me, this book has opened a way to the Tao.

5-0 out of 5 stars 'This is called "following the light."'
It is hardly difficult to understand the enduring quality of the Tao Te Ching. Written by Lao Tsu in the sixth century BC is a simple, quiet book that reflects upon our true nature and our behavior. Broken up into 81 'chapters' or short poems, it comprises a mere 5,000 words. Every other sentence is a memorable quote, and one can read it in an hour and study it for a lifetime.

What I do find remarkable is the durability of this particular edition. My copy is ancient, dating back to my college days. At frequent intervals it seems to come to hand and I will peruse it again and enjoy the clarity of this translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English. They have carefully chosen a simple, accessible style which I feel completely captures the nature of the Tao. "What is a good man? A teacher of a bad man.

What is a bad man? A good man's charge."

Accompanying the text are many fine examples of Gia-Fu Feng's calligraphy and Jane English's photographs. While I like Chinese calligraphy, I lack the understanding to make any judgement. I can only report that it shows flow and grace, and works perfectly with English's photographs. These latter capture, most often with natural images, a play of contrast which often is as calligraphic as the accompanying handwriting. Thus, the book itself is a careful balance between content and form.

At the end of the day, or in an otherwise tense moment, this volume has often been the source of the tiny bit of sanity that makes the next day possible. There is much to meditate on here and this edition is a precious resource for the seeking mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple wisdom for eternity
This was the only personal book I had in my possession during my junior year of highschool when I was living with my paternal grandparents (most of the rest of my family's possessions were in storage in my other grandparents' house; long story). Since I discovered it on my parents' bookshelves in January of 1995, I have read it many times and never fail to experience the same sense of awe and agreement as I did the very first time. The ancient and beautiful words of Lao-Tzu helped to get me through a very tough year, and the description of the Tao as one, eternal, forever unchanging, the mother of the ten thousand things, unfathomable, unable to be truly grasped, nameless, elusive and intangible, and hidden deep yet ever present, strikes me as very similar to the Jewish belief in one God, one Divine Force which never changes and is unable to be fully grasped either. There are so many beautiful lines in here, so many true observations about human character, the Tao (or God, the Divine, Vishnu, Goddess, Great Spirit, however you call it), virtue, human nature, the nature of things. So many times Lao-Tzu points out that we cannot know something (like beauty, good, high, low, short, long, harmony, or softness) without experiencing its opposite. We are only able to see good as good because there is Evil in the world too, and beauty as beauty because there is ugliness. He also often mentions how these opposites can contrast and complement one another, follow one another, and overcome one another. One such example is that a small country can overcome a large nation which conquers it by submitting to it. I also love Chapter 31, which states that "[g]ood weapons are instruments of fear; all creatures hate them," going on to say that a wise man (or woman) only uses weapons when one has no choice, and that "war is conducted like a funeral."

This is one of the most famous and important holy books in world religion, yet unlike the longer and more complex works such as the Bible, Koran, and Vedas, this is amazingly simple, easy to interpret, not hard to read or to study, and easy to sum up: "Simply be."

5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless Wisdom For Eternal Application. 10 Stars!
Written centuries ago, the Tao Te Ching, written by Lao Tsu, brings humanity profoundly enlightened wisdom that when applied, will lift you into BEING, and free you from the pain of seeking.

This 25th anniversary edition is beautiful, with illustrations, calligraphy, and breathtaking quotes that you can share with others to uplift their lives. A GREAT book to bring with you and look through whether you are waiting in an office for an appointment, in stand-still traffic, or especially if you are out in nature, and want to inhale the wisdom that best accompanies a natural environment.

The words are timeless and priceless because of the profound truth they bring.
You will learn much, and gain a great deal from the wisdom in this book.
Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English did an outstanding job in translation. Highly Recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Gate to all Mystery
I first encountered this translation in college as part of a comparative Chinese/Western philosophy course. At the time it went completely over my head; I preffered Confucius' "Anelects" and "Mencius." While I would highly recomend both of those to anyone interested in Eastern philosophy, it's impossible for me to describe the profound effect that the Tao Te Ching has has on my life. When I picked up this book again a few years after college I was stunned by it's simple beauty and staggering relevance and depth. A rare and priceless book, it touches on all aspectes of human existence- from metaphysics, to ethics, to the completely mundane.

I've had the chance to check out a few different translations but this one is by far the most effortles and poetic. Not wordy or didactic It allows the reader to "experience" Lao Tsu's words and to draw their own conclusions. (along with some helpful notes by the translator) This is essential in conveying the words of a thinker who "Teaches without teaching" and, in itself, is more true to the elusive "Tao" than versions that attempt to explain Lao Tsu's words. At the same time this ellegant translation is both clear and accesible.

The bottom line is that anyone interested in this work, whether they are aproaching it from a scholarly, aesthetic, religious, philisophical, or purely personal perspective, whether they are new to these words or not, will find far more than they expect in these pages. ... Read more

69. Seizing Your Divine Moment : Dare to Live a Life of Adventure
by Erwin Raphael McManus
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In this inspiring book, Erwin McManus uses the biblical account of Israel’s war with the Philistines (1 Samuel 13 and 14) and the characters of Saul and Jonathan to demonstrate the difference between living a life of purpose and adventure, and living one of apathy and missed opportunity. In the midst of a less-than-hopeful battle, Saul—who should have been leading—rested beneath a pomegranate tree as Jonathan seized the divine moment that would impact the future of Israel. Through this story McManus artfully illustrates the eight characteristics of an adventurer’s heart, what he calls “the Jonathan factor.”

Using powerful examples from his own life and ministry, along with fresh biblical teaching, McManus asserts that God crafts divine moments specific to each of us—priceless opportunities for us to actively engage in God’s big-picture plan. Apathy and apprehension prevent us from being all we are meant to be for God’s kingdom. But by developing the characteristics McManus outlines, Christians can move from mundane to miraculous living.

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is dangerous!
Seizing Your Divine Moment is a dangerous book to read for anyone whose heart is being stirred by God! You can not read this book and remain where you are, you must follow God's leading -- no matter what the cost. Erwin McManus is calling the church of Jesus Christ to a higher standard than what we're used to. Unbelievably, it is the same standard that Jesus Himself has called us to -- to advance God's Kingdom. Read this book...and then begin asking God to reveal your divine moments to be seized.

5-0 out of 5 stars Challenging & Inspiring
McManus has done it again. In his first book, "An Unstoppable Force," McManus challenged believers and churches alike to stop trying to catch up and start creating. Much like his first book, this book is a call to Christ-followers to wake up and start taking charge of their lives, never letting a "divine moment," pass you by. One great part about this book is that McManus practices what he preaches, this is a man who lives his life serving others and God continues to use him in powerful ways.

If you read this book, you cannot help but be challenged by McManus' call to seizing your moment. He carefully weaves the story of Jonathan and his armor-bearer to show how Jonathan seized his moment, and won a mighty victory for Israel, while King Saul slept.

If you have not read anything by McManus, buy this book, but also read his other work "An Unstoppable Force." This book delivers on many fronts, but most of all to challenge individual believers to take risks for the invisible kingdom of God. Do not read this book if you do not want to be challenged out of your pants. This book is solid, and cutting edge, unlike many "Christian Books" out there, you are missing out if you do not check this out. I personally cannot wait until McManus publishes his next work. But in the mean time, do not miss out on what McManus has to say in this soul-penetrating manuscript.

Joseph Dworak

1-0 out of 5 stars can't believe...
...anybody could be so gullible as to accept this gibberish! amazing...and to think ERWIN (who should find some time and do a little research first) is actually making money off you poor souls! oh, the pity. I give it a one, but only because it has print in it.

5-0 out of 5 stars To live or merely exist, that is the question
There's a lot to chew on in this book. After the chewing, I find myself freshly inspired to take the gifts and opportunities God gives me and do something that matters. McManus offers a helpful perspective on the decisions we make and the situations we encounter each day. His ideas make sense, are validated by dozens of stories from his own experiences, and are consistent with what we see happening in the Bible.

Here's an example. McManus was in a room with a man recently let out of prison. There was nobody else around. The other man pulled a knife which he had already used on someone else's throat (remember, this is not fiction). Seems to me like a good time to run. But McManus shocked both men in the room by saying, "William, that knife is going to send you to hell!" Though the tension was rising, it was now startled and derailed. This doesn't mean YOU shouldn't run if someone pulls a knife on YOU. I think the point is that we all have moments when we can either slink away and miss a chance to do something good, or we can stand firm and work with God as he works to penetrate the globs of darkness we bump into every day.

Throughout this book, McManus weaves a Bible story about Jonathan. Jonathan was the son of Israel's first king, King Saul. At one point, King Saul's army was wildly outnumbered and likely to be destroyed by the Philistines. Jonathan decided that God was on Israel's side, so he acted on that faith, seized his divine moment, and triggered a rout of the Philistine army. While not all of our experiences will match the dramatics of Jonathan's, the principle holds true. We can succumb to fear, take the course of least resistance, and accomplish little. Or, we can recognize that, as Henry Blackaby wrote, "God is always at work around you" and "invites you to become involved with Him in His work."

Thoreau wrote that most men lead lives of quiet desperation. I don't want to be one of those men. McManus gives me Bible-based ammunition to fight boldly, moment by moment, against a drab, irrelevant existence. If this resonates with you at all, then I recommend a slow and thoughtful reading of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is an action book.
This is a wonderful book. I have recently started living a little like McManus recommends and it is very risky but worth it. I read this book on vacation and wondered--how can I apply this book now? But I did. I opened my mouth about God and met a pastor who has just opened a rehab center.

McManus draws you into the books and challenges you to live the way he does. ... Read more

70. The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse
by Patrick C. Heron
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3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed Book: Some Good Thoughts But Faulty Logic
The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse deals with a fascinating subject, but could have been much better.It is far from scholarly and it assumes a lot, though it does include a few good insights.It is not that I disagree with all his major points.

GOOD: I accept the basic premise, that the "sons of God" in Genesis 6 were indeed fallen angels, that they somehow were involved in genetic manipulation, and that the "Nephilim" giants resulted (I think Jude and 2 Peter make this clear), BUT so much of the author's claims are based on faulty logic and inaccurate (or, at best, unsubstantiated) information.

BAD: For example, he uses a 25.025 inch cubit, whereas the common cubit was 18 inches (the length of a man's arm from his elbow to the tip of his middle finger) or the royal cubit 20.5.Don't know where he got the 25.025 inch one. He claims that if you do some fancy multiplication with the dimensions of the Great Pyramid, you come up with 91,840,000, the exact number of miles from the earth to the sun (p. 12).But the unit we call a "mile" was not developed for millennia after the pyramid was built!He does the same with inches (page 13).He also refers to the year "zero" (there is no such year; we go from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D.)

BAD: He accepts the discredited theory of the Bible code, and theorizes that the ancient half-animal/half-man deities were actually genetic manipulations by the fallen angels.But if that is the case, how come there is no mention of them in the Bible?Such traumatic sights would surely have been referenced in Genesis or Exodus.And the idea that there are still Nephilim hiding out in remote areas seems incredible. And if the Pharaohs were giants, why do we not find giant mummies?

BAD: The author also believes that the Great Pyramid survived the Flood, something most creationist scientist could never accept in light of the cataclysmic nature of the Flood.This would require a period of de-population in Egypt and then a completely unrelated people (Noah's descendennts) taking up the old Egyptian religion and culture in a new environment (Egypt would not have been arid before the Flood).Since the earth spoke only one language before Babel, it was very unlikely Egyptian! So how could they take up where the ancient Egyptians left off?

BAD: His arguments for the Nephilim are sometimes based on Greek words (like "Apollos,"), or Greek translations of the Hebrew Old Testament, but the Greek language had not been developed until after Babel, not before the flood.

GOOD: His viewpoint of the Gospel in the Stars (and especially his correlation with Revelation 12) has great merit, BUT he overdoes it, assigning unobvious meanings to too many constellations.

BAD: Additionally, the author quotes the Apocryphal book of Enoch as though it were true (authoritative and trustworthy), though his only arguments for its trustworthiness are that it adds needed information and was quoted in Jude, a poor criteria indeed.The problematic quotation of Enoch in Jude is difficult, but Bible-believing Christian Scholars do not accept Enoch as a trustworthy book (at least as we now have it).

GOOD: Enoch's value is to give us an idea of what some Jews from the 3rd century B.C. believed, and they certainly believed that the "sons of God" in Genesis 6 were fallen angels, an important argument for the author's viewpoint.But that is its main value.

GOOD: The author's beliefs about the Magi are well founded and quite possible (even probable); BUT he sets the date for Christ's birth about 3 B.C. and has the Magi visiting Herod in 2 B.C.The problem is that scholars believe that Herod died in 4 B.C.

GOOD: It is reasonable to wonder whether the ancient heathen legends about the gods mating with women were distortions of what actually happened in Genesis 6, a point that the author addresses well.

GOOD: Much of the book is a survey of pretribulational, dispensational eschatology.For someone who has never been given a crash course in end time prophecy, this might be valuable.

MISSING was the connection between the "sons of god" and the UFO phenomenon.

OVERALL, this book might shed some light on the Nephilim for those who have never studied the subject, but the author's logic and scholarship need some work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
To all true believers in Jesus Christ I strongly advise praying first for wisdom and discernment before reading.This is a very interesting and eye-opening book.I am half way through it and have already been reading the Book of Enoch and other sources mentioned to delve deeper into the study.An open mind in definitely needed. I am a student of prophecy and truly enjoy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars For the searcher
This is a great read for anyone searching for answers.I am not saying that he has all the answers as he well states, but his research was thourough enough to be convincing.Just read it, then cross reference.I think you will be pleased with the material.Though a bit repetative, I was intrigued by his theories as well as his research.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wellman makes no sense
Reviewer Wellman says that the fallen cannot reproduce with women and that the Nephilim and the son's of God are not the same people. It can be argued that the Nephilim were perhaps on the earth before the son's of God, who are described as 'Divine beings' in the original hebrew translation, saw the daughters of men.So if only another human can reproduce with ahuman woman, then who were the sons of God, as it clearly states in Gen. 6 that women had children to them?

3-0 out of 5 stars Incredible book but needs to shed its dispensational scales
Pat Heron has made tome truly fascinating discoveries and fit them into a rather compact book.He has answered questions I've been pondering since my youth; I've walked among Mayan pyramids, gazed up-close at walls of Egyptian Temple hieroglyphs, and visited the ruins of Delphi, but I could never pin down in my mind what actually inspired and frightened ancient peoples to revere all these strange beings such as Apollo or Horus.I believe Pat has successfully identified the ancient pantheon of gods("men of renown") as the Nephilim, with many supporting artifacts such as ancient Assyrian stele and obelisks.If you combine a thorough study of scripture, and the writings of Velikovsky, and the discoveries of this author, and you also understand the identification of the Gods with the planets, a stunning vision of the Antediluvian Age will materialize.
Unfortunately the middle of this book is leavened with gobs of dispensational crud; bland leftovers reheated in Hal Lindsey's kitchen of "strong delusion": Pat provides an overview of Last Days prophetic fulfillments using some blatant false doctrinal concepts such as the 7-year tribulation, the Pre-Tribulation Rapture and the identifying of physical Jews with the 144,000 sealed "children of Israel".For example, he asserts that the "Antichrist" will "rise to prominence in a future seven-year period".No verse in the Bible indicates a seven-year tribulation.He also echoes the popular false claim of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture despite the clear error of such an idea, as indicated in Matt. 24:29-31 and 1 Cor. 15:52.Finally he misidentifies the 144,000 as physical Jews instead of born-again Christians despite the clear assertions made by St. Paul (a Jew and former Pharisee) in Rom. 2:28, 29, Rom. 9:8 and Gal. 3:28.Pat needs to understand the truth of Spiritual Israel and the forty-two month tribulation in order to perfect this otherwise well-researched work.

As for his theory about the Holy City being in the shape of a pyramid, it is an idea that I personally have found to frighten born-again Christians who were previously involved in the New Age, butI certainly don't see any scriptures prohibiting this possibility.His theory about the fallen angels attempting to reconstruct the temples of the Heavens(their "first estate" -Jude 1:6) certainly seems logical.

I recommend this book because of Pat's original ideas about the Nephilim, however one should be well rooted in the scriptures first, and read books like these with great discernment and caution. ... Read more

71. Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine
by Bart D. Ehrman
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A staggeringly popular work of fiction, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code has stood atop The New York Times Bestseller List for well over a year, with millions of copies in print. But this fast-paced mystery is unusual in that the author states up front that the historical information in the book is all factually accurate. But is this claim true? As historian Bart D. Ehrman shows in this informative and witty book, The Da Vinci Code is filled with numerous historical mistakes. Did the ancient church engage in a cover-up to make the man Jesus into a divine figure? Did Emperor Constantine select for the New Testament--from some 80 contending Gospels--the only four Gospels that stressed that Jesus was divine? Was Jesus Christ married to Mary Magdalene? Did the Church suppress Gospels that told the secret of their marriage? Bart Ehrman thoroughly debunks all of these claims. But the book is not merely a laundry list of Brown's misreading of history. Throughout, Ehrman offers a wealth of fascinating background information--all historically accurate--on early Christianity. He describes, for instance, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (which are not Christian in content, contrary to The Da Vinci Code); outlines in simple terms how scholars of early Christianity determine which sources are most reliable; and explores the many other Gospels that have been found in the last half century.Ehrman separates fact from fiction, the historical realities from the flights of literary fancy. Readers of The Da Vinci Code who would like to know the truth about the beginnings of Christianity and the life of Jesus will find this book riveting. ... Read more

72. More Than a Carpenter
by Josh McDowell
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Since its release, More Than a Carpenter has been challengingreaders to ask the question, "Who is Jesus?" Author and renowned speaker JoshMcDowell acknowledges that while the topic of God is widely accepted, the nameof Jesus often causes irritation. "Why don't the names of Buddha, Mohammed,Confucius offend people? The reason is that these others didn't claim to be God,but Jesus did." By addressing questions about scientific and historicalevidence, the validity of the Bible, and proofs of the resurrection, McDowellhelps the reader come to an informed and intelligent decision about whetherJesus was a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. This short, 128-page gem does notemploy fancy theological words, forsaking the layman, but reads more like anintimate research document laying out the facts with veracious accuracy, fromreliable sources ranging from secular scientists to conservative seminarians. Askeptic himself for many years, McDowell always believed that Christians were"out of their minds" but now insists that "never has an individual been calledupon to commit intellectual suicide in trusting Christ as Savior and Lord."McDowell adeptly articulates fundamental answers to poignant questions thatcause the skeptic to consider whether Jesus was a liar causing countless martyrsto die in his wake, a lunatic deserving death, or actually the Lord of theuniverse. --Jill Heatherly ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The reviews of this book give further evidence...
The reviews of this book give further evidence that the Bible contains the truth. More Than A Carpenter was very helpful to me when I was a skeptic. A book can't give you the saving faith that you need to believe in Jesus. But God used this book to force me to consider why I had rejected Christ. I was convinced that there were no reasons to believe in Jesus (I didn't even know what it really means to believe in Jesus). After I read this book, I realized that I had rejected Christ without even considering the evidence. This book didn't "prove" anything to me. It was an eye-opener that forced me to think long and hard.

Like I said at the beginning of this review, the other reviews give further evidence that the Bible contains the truth. The world really is divided into two groups: those whom God has chosen, and those whom God has not chosen. Those who read this book and come away with a harder heart give evidence that the facts really don't matter. They have chosen to reject the truth. These are people that God has chosen, as is His right, to not save from His judgement. Those who read this book and gain something from this book give evidence that they are one of God's chosen.

Why do I make this simple distinction? Because this book, while it doesn't (and what book could?) prove that Jesus is the Son of God, it does contain the truth. There have only been two types of reactions to it: rejection and acceptance. As it says in John 1:9-13:

"The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was going to come into the world. But although the world was made through him, the world didn't recognize him when he came. Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan--this rebirth comes from God." (NLT)

I truly hope that those who have rejected the truth in More Than A Carpenter will reconsider. I can't open your mind and force you to look at the evidence honestly. I can't change your world-view (if you reject the spiritual because you have a Naturalistic world-view). No one can, except God. I urge you to ask Him to open your mind and then seek the evidence. If you do, I am confident that, like Josh McDowell (and myself), you will find that there really is no contest. The evidence for Jesus is overwhelming.

4-0 out of 5 stars A simple, easy to read case for the claims of Jesus Christ
If you are trying to find a simple, easy to read case for the claims of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, Josh McDowell's "More Than A Carpenter" is what you've been looking for. It is not a powerful apologetic or a theological masterpiece but it is a great introduction into the study of who Jesus Christ really is. The foundation of the book is based on the three primary possibilities for who Christ is; Lord, liar or lunatic. This is backed up with a defense of the reliability of the Scriptures, an argument from changed lives over history and an argument for Christ's resurrection. I highly recommend the book to those wanting an introduction to who Jesus really is. The book will probably not convinced the hardened skeptic, but for many, it will be an opportunity for God to open their hearts and minds to the truth, that when received by faith, can transform their lives. If you are looking for apologetics, I recommend Ravi Zacharias, J.P Moreland or Norman Geisler. For a deeper examination of the claims of Christ from another skeptic turned Christian, you may want to check "The Case for Christ," by Lee Stroble.

3-0 out of 5 stars More than a Book
More Than a Carpenter
Author: Josh McDowell
This book is mainly about the Christian faith. The author talks about his understanding of some scriptures and convinces the reader that Jesus really did exist without 'shoving religion down our throats.' While some authors just try to prove it to you, Josh shows you the facts and lets you decide if what you see if what you choose to believe. I think Josh wrote and excellent book.
Well I guess I should just start off by thanking good ole Josh for writing such an understandable book. The words he was written in the pages have heavy meanings and can sway your thoughts about Jesus. He is a very convincing writer and uses good word choice to make his points clear. He doesn't 'beat around the bush' and go off topic, he gets straight to the point, which is a nice change from the normal writing styles.
Now all though he was straight to the point, it eventually turned repetitive. I always look for the author's opinion when I am reading. It helps me understand the book's purpose. He lays out the facts but doesn't give his own thoughts. Facts are nice but the truth is, if I wanted any more facts...I would be reading the BIBLE. I want to end this with a good word so here it is, I enjoyed the book and hope you all read it, everyone can learn something from it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Evangelism and Prospective Members
This is a very readable, brief but good and solid explanation of the core reasons to believe in Jesus as the promised Messiah. Get this book and use it in evangelism and in church projects. Buy it to have on hand to give to prospective members.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deal With Jesus
This book forces the reader to deal with the person of Jesus. One cannot walk away from this book claiming indifference to Him. Too many people aimles run straight to Hell, avoiding the gracious offer of grace, by simply not thinking about it. Jesus came to earth claiming to be God. He and His apostles claimed that he died in order to take God's wrath stored up for us all. He claimed that if anybody would give up all hope except hope in His death for salvation from our sins, they would be saved and if He was rejected, they would be left to face God's justice in an eternity in Hell. You have to embrace Him and His claims or reject them. Indifference and moral living does not count for anything. For a Christian read this book. It may be possible that you have been worshipping an idol, ignorant of who Jesus really is, or perhaps your faith will be strengthened. If you're not a Christian, read this book to understand what you are rejecting, then I pray that you would turn to Him for salvation. ... Read more

73. The Bible in History: How the Texts Have Shaped the Times
by David W. Kling, David William Kling
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No one can doubt that the Bible has exerted a tremendous influence on Western civilization since the dawn of Christianity.But few of us have considered the precise nature of that influence in particular historical contexts.In this book, David Kling traces the fascinating story of how specific biblical texts have at different times emerged to be the inspiration of movements that have changed the course of history. By examining eight such pivotal texts, Kling elucidates the ways in which sacred texts continue to shape our lives as well as our history. Among the passages he discusses are: * 'Upon this rock I will build my church' (Matthew 16:18), which inspired the formation of the papacy and has served as its foundation for centuries * 'The righteous will live by faith' (Romans 1:17), which caught the imagination of Martin Luther and sparked the Protestant Reformation * 'Go to Pharaoh and say to him, 'Thus says the Lord: Let my people go, so that they may worship me'' (Exodus 8:1), which has played an important and diverse role in African American history from early slave spirituals through the modern civil rights movement and beyond * 'There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus' (Galatians 3:28), which has been adopted by feminists as a rallying cry in the battle for women's ordination Each of the historical episodes he explores--from the beginning of Christian monasticism to the emergence of Pentecostalism--is evidence of the dynamic interplay between Scripture and the social and cultural context in which it is interpreted. Kling's innovative study of this process shows how sacred texts can give life to social movements, and how powerful social forces can give new meaning to Scripture. ... Read more

74. Experiencing God : Knowing and Doing His Will - Workbook
by Henry Blackaby
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Knowing God does not come through a program, a study, or a method. Knowing God comes through a relationship with a Person. This is an intimate love relationship with God. Through this relationship, God reveals Himself, His purposes, and His ways; and He invites you to join Him where He is already at work.

This is the central thesis of Experiencing God by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King. The authors' emphasis on revelation through personal relationship makes faith sound like a true adventure--leading believers to engage with people and circumstances they might otherwise have avoided. The organization of Experiencing God adds to this effect, proceeding step by step through the various ways a believer's relationship with God is deepened (via the Bible, prayer, and the Church, among others). Although there's strong tension between the self-help tone of this book and its hard-line argument that faith is purely a response to God's initiative, many readers will nevertheless find great encouragement in hearing a still, small voice among a vast number of everyday experiences. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Easy-to-understand guide to knowing the God of the Bible.
Blackaby makes clear that it is possible to come to know God in an increasingly intimate manner throughout life. Blackaby points out that God is always active around us, and is looking for someone to work with Him to accomplish His goals on earth. Our "yes" response to God's gentle call is the doorway to coming to know Him more intimately. Blackaby drives his theme home by referring to many Old Testament saints who discovered God's love and faithfulness through a living relationship with Him, and shows how *we* can do the same today. What's especially helpful is how Blackaby links the knowledge of God with working *together* with Him to bring about His will; and, how God will sanctify us in this process to make us more like Christ. The whole book can be summed up in Blackaby's statement, "God initiates a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal." This book has helped me understand God's purpose in bringing many things into my own life--that His ultimate desire is not just my sanctification, but sanctification with the ultimate purpose of intimate communion and fellowship with Him *in this lifetime.* You will be radically changed if you read this book seriously and prayerfully!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Study for Anyone!
In my humble opinion, Blackaby has written a masterpiece for getting to know God better. Admittingly, this is written from the point of view of a conservative Christian, so people are bound to be offended by the title. But such is life!

The workbook is broken down into 12 chapters:

1. God's Will and Your Life.
2. Looking to God.
3. God Pursues a Love Relationship.
4. Love and God's Invitation.
5. God Speaks, Part 1.
6. God Speaks, Part 2.
7. The Crises of Belief.
8. Adjusting Your Life to God.
9. Experiencing God Through Obedience.
10. God's Will and the Church.
11. Kingdom People.
12. Continuing Fellowship with God.

Each chapter contains five readings for the week with exercises for each reading. Filling in the blanks causes the reader to be more actively involved in the study than just passively reading. While some of the exercises are just a rehash of what was just covered in the reading, other exercises challenge the reader to think more deeply about a response.

I have gone through the workbook several times since Experiencing God's inception in the early 1990s and have been blessed in some way each time.

Buy the workbook, be committed to complete the exercises, and watch for God's movement in your life and give Him plenty of room to do as He pleases!

Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT & PRACTICAL! Can be as deep as you want it to be.
With any Christian book that's quite popular, it is guaranteed to bring in criticisms. There are LOTS of positive points about this book. I was evaluating this book by looking on the Internet and saw both rave and grave reviews. I suggest you ignore most of the negative criticisms - these people tend to nitpick (the kind that see specks in others' eyes and forget there's a plank in theirs) on details; they throw the baby out with the bath water; they are likely to criticise Jesus if He wrote a book. Read a couple of chapters (perhaps start with Chapter 5) and you'll see that this book is very God-centred, first and foremost. It is a VERY helpful and practical guide in our Christian walk.

We were looking for a book instead of the arduous question-and-answer format for our Bible Study. We were deciding between Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life" and Henry Blackaby & Claude V. King's "Experiencing God". We found "Experiencing God" much more suited for Bible Study (and even doubles as a devotion - of course, "The Purpose Driven Life" is touted to be an excellent devotional!) for the following reasons:

1) It's practical - the things in this book can be applied in our lives wherever we are.

2) It's flexible - new Christians and mature Christians alike will find it just as applicable. I have been a Christian for 18 years already an still found this book a tremendous blessing.

3) It puts God first - You'll find time and time again, the book gives glory and honour to God first and foremost - everything starts with God. After all, He is the great "I AM" by which all meaning in life is derived from!

I truly believe you will be blessed by God through this book. Kudos to Blackaby and King for producing such a book. It is immensely useful and proves itself a worthy read!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Way to Know and Do the Will of God
I used this book a year ago with a group of four other men in my church. At the onset, we thought that the best way to start our group was to find God's will for our lives. By the end of the 13 week study, 2 of us were in different states serving the Lord, and another one stepped up as a ministry leader.
Blackaby is a great author. His organization and step-by-step guides make it very easy to follow along.
I am so excited that I am ordering 2 more books as my wife and I are going to begin reading it again!

1-0 out of 5 stars Sad that this was seen as so annointed by mature believers
I personally resisted reading this because it was so well received by mainstream christians during its heyday , but finally after coming to Israel I read it when I had nothing else left . I should have went without. The book is geared to first or second year adult believers, beyond that one should already be beyond this. However the book is really into pushing building churches and the many testimonies about it from the author, personally I have little use for such things.

The best part of the book is the glossary in the back which lists all the names and actions describing the L-RD , which is fun to look up each one, beyond that I would recommend not reading this book. ... Read more

75. Johnny Cash : Reads The Complete New Testament
by Johnny Cash
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The New Testament of the New King James Version is read in its entirety by music legend Johnny Cash.  After 20 years of encouragement from his mother to record the Bible, he approached the recording of the New Testament with “fear, respect, awe, and reverence for the subject matter.”  Cash said further, “I also did it with a great deal of joy, because I love the Word.” Johnny Cash Reads the Complete New Testament, is 19 hours of hearing the Word of God from one of the most distinctive voices of our time.  The legend of country music shows his spiritual greatness. 

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5-0 out of 5 stars A delight!
I have been reading and studying different versions of the Bible for years. It is my favorite book to read. As a fan of audio books, it is quite natural that I should want to listen to the Bible. However, it proved to be difficult to find a set that is pleasant and satisfying to listen to. Most are read too quickly, are too monotonous or overly dramatic. Johnny reads slowly, so that the listener has time to enjoy the words, and his love for God's Word shines through. There is no musical embellishment, Johnny simply reads the text and allows it to speak for itself. Anyone should enjoy this, but I can't help thinking what an especially good gift it would be for the elderly and those who are unable to read. ... Read more

76. The Daily Bible: New International Version: With Devotional Insights to Guide You Through God's Word
by F. LaGard Smith
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Daily Bible: New International Version: With Devtional I
This Chronological Bible made the OT come to life & make sense. The author's commentary before the major sections were excellent. This is the best money I've ever spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than I expected
Although I've read the NIV Bible before, the Daily Bible has put the whole Bible in perspective for me. For the first time, I have been able to put pieces together -- it has come to life, so to speak. I highly recommend this Bible for anyone wanting to strengthen their understanding of God's word.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best devotional bible you can get your hands on!
This bible truely gives you plenty of insight into God's word. Not only can you complete the bible in 365 days but you have the opportunity to have an eagle's eye view into the Word of God. Also, each day your quiet time is already planned out so you can remain consistant in your dosage of God's Word. It's is truely awesome and very on point. You will learn alot.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for new believer and mature disciple alike
I have been interested in reading the bible chronologically for many years and have done so several times with the assistance of Chronological reading lists. This bible compares with the best of them and is much easier and simpler to use. Reading about the events of the bible in the order that they happened opens up the scriptures in an amazing way. Also has interesting historical and background information in an easy to read and understand format. If you want a little more out of your daily devotions this book is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn the Bible
The daily bible is a great way to study and learn the bible. I use it as my Bible study. A must have for anybody who wants to understand the Bible. ... Read more

77. The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary
by Robert Alter
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The capstone of a brilliant scholar's lifelong work to establish the literary identity of the Bible, in an elegant, slipcased hardcover.

Through a distinguished career of critical scholarship and translation, Robert Alter has equipped us to read the Hebrew Bible as a powerful, cohesive work of literature. The culmination of this work, Alter's masterly new translation and probing commentary combine to give contemporary readers the definitive edition of The Five Books.

Alter's majestic translation recovers the mesmerizing effect of these ancient stories—the profound and haunting enigmas, the ambiguities of motive and image, and the distinctive cadences and lovely precision of the Hebrew text. Other modern translations either recast these features for contemporary clarity, thereby losing the character of the original, or fail to give readers a suitably fluid English as a point of contact. Alter's translation conveys the music and the meaning of the Hebrew text in a lyrical, lucid English. His accompanying commentary illuminates the text with learned insight and reflection on its literary and historical dimensions. ... Read more

78. Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism : A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture
by John Shelby Spong
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Is celibacy the only moral alternative to marriage? Should the widowed be allowed to form intimate relationships without remarrying? Should the church receive homosexuals into its community and support committed gay and lesbian relationships? Should congregations publicly and liturgically witness and affirm divorces? Should the church's moral standards continue to be set by patriarchal males? Should women be consecrated bishops? Bishop Spong proposes a pastoral response based on scripture and history to the changing realities of the modern world. He calls for a moral vision to empower the church with inclusive teaching about equal, loving, nonexploitative relationships.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, Articulate, Passionate
Spong's book is a fascinating and fresh interpretation of the bible, finally giving (possible) answers to many questions modern-day people have had concerning inconsistencies in the biblical text(s). The author does an admirable job of hashing through a great deal of material and it may well be an inspiring and faith-reaffirming book for the Christian who has doubts/issues/questions but rabid fundementalists will only be, at best, indifferent, and at worst, calling for Spong's head on a platter. The effect it had on me, was that reaffirmed all the criticisms and doubts I already held concerning the divine infallacy and accuracy of the Bible. Spong does not cover the political aspects of some of the bible's translations and development, but he covers the cultural aspects enough to make his point. In all, Spong reasserts the bible as an excellent and educating book, a book with many valuable lessons to teach us, but not a book to be taken literally or as the sole (sou! ! l?) source of the history of mankind. It's my feeling that more Pagans than Christians will enjoy this book, as many of Spong's ideas will probably be condemned before they're even given any consideration. That's a shame, because Christianity needs the kind of intelligent debate that Spong's thinking brings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Promoting Biblical Literacy
At the outset of RESCUING THE BIBLE FROM FUNDAMENTALISM John Shelby Spong points out that the subject of Biblical inerrancy is a popular topic of debate among Bible scholars but goes largely unnoticed by the general public. The author is interested in taking this discussion to the people in the church pews. His particular target seems to be the mainline liberal Christian churches whose membership is shrinking due to the apparent apathy of many of its adherents. For the people who are turned off by what they see as an irrelevant message Spong wants to rework the Christ story so that it makes sense in terms of this century. At the present time the Bible remains a prisoner of fundamentalist Christians.

Believing in the inerrancy of the Bible has always presented special problems according to Spong. For instance, Biblical writers did not possess any idea of the grand sweep of history. They also had no knowledge of distant lands, oceans or continents. In addition, they were very dependent on oral tradition.

The Bible does contain much truth and it is our challenge now to lift that truthfulness out of the confining structure of the ancient world.

Beneath the literalistic framework of the Bible lie some powerful messages. In the Old Testament stories of the prophets we can see attempts to remedy human problems of injustice and the later influence of the prophets on secular social reforms in Western countries. The gospels of the New Testament tell about the love of God visible in the life of Jesus who is able to break all human barriers of race, sex and nationality. The main message of Christ seems to be in fact all about destroying the barriers of our prejudices and becoming truly inclusive Christians.

2-0 out of 5 stars Rescuing Christianity from John Shelby Spong
I do agree with Bishop Spong's view that the fundamentalist movement (Jerry Falwell, Bob Jones, et al) has done more to drive people away from the Bible than anything else in Christian history. It happened to me: after attending several fundamentalist churches when I became a Christian, I was discouraged in the doctrines and beliefs that they preached. I turned away from the faith for ten years. Then, after realizing a real emptiness in my life, I turned back to the Scriptures-not following a fundamentalist's own doctrines, but to see for myself what the Bible says. I would let the message of the Bible speak to me.

But what I don't get is this: if-as Bishop Spong asserts-the Bible is not to be taken literally (that is: the existence of God; faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus; repentance for sin; etc.) at all, what is the point of being a Christian? Or, why even read the Bible?

It is absolutely true that God is love, as Bishop Spong points out. But we who believe have a responsibility, as is pointed out in the Scriptures: study (the Bible) to show yourself approved (in the faith); put on the whole armor of God; fear not, for God is with us; believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. I'll never understand how Spong became bishop of anything; he sounds like an agnostic.

The only thing "Rescuing" did for me was to strengthen my Bible reading and beliefs that I already had. It is for this reason that I would recommend Bishop Spong's book at all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wish I had written it--hope it helps
Can Christianity be saved? Do you know its history? If you believe, do you know how, what you believe came to be? Should salvation be something that is determined by a group of men holding a meeting and casting votes? That is what they did at the first council at Nicea. What IS conversion? If a Roman soldier tells you to convert at the point of a sword, is it the same experience as the vision that St Paul reported? How did Cristianity go so far astray from the early days, and why did Martin Luther nail his edicts on the door of the cathedral? Who were the Neo-Platonists? Why has the Roman church worried so much about heresy and put heretics to death? Would Christ have been interested in a creed? Did he ever talk about a creed? Would he have wanted those uninterested in his message to be burned alive? He instructed his disciples to go forth and heal the sick, cast out demons. But if anyone should not wish their services, they were to leave the house, leave the town, and kick the dust from their heels, for do not cast your pearls before swine. How did the scriptures come to be? Who decided what was official canon and what wasn't? Why were so many of the scriptures found at Nag Hammadi repudiated and not included in the official Bible? Who taught you your Biblical interpretations, anyway? Where did they come from? Is that what the early Christians believed? I used to think that Christianity was so corrupt, so hopelessly defiled, that it is the most dangerous culture in history--and every Bible should be burned. Certain wrong-minded interpretations of the faith require you to surrender your reason, and your God-given judgement. Why would the Almighty give you the ability to understand complex aspects of the world, to appreciate beauty and to write poetry, and then ask you to surrender that reason in the interest of salvation? Christ taught us that the Kingdom of Heaven is already here, all around us. We are blind to it. Our blindness is our given spiritual predicament. He showed us how to be reborn in the spirit, to awaken to the Divine Reality, to see with new eyes and to hear with new ears. This is so valuable that you would sell all of your belongings to obtain this. But its like a sower going forth sowing seeds. Its a treasure buried in a field. Salvation is healing and liberating--in the here and now. It has nothing to do with asserting that you believe in this or that and then getting on the heavenly bus at the end of your days--it has to do with dying, spiritually, to your old ways of being, and being born, spiritually to a new way of perceiving the Father's Kingdom around you. This is an existential, psychological, spiritual process. Either you know what I am talking about or you don't. If you don't then you would sell all you have to obtain it. Don't you get it? Everything you know is wrong! Your wisdom is folly to God, but God's wisdom appears as folly to you. Seek, and ye shall find. Ask, and it shall be given. Knock and it shall be opened.

1-0 out of 5 stars What is Truth?
In a postmodern era, where truth is relative and reality undefinable, this book provides quick and easy pain relief, kind of like taking morphine for cancer. For the most part, we all want to believe that there is a God or at least something out there; that way we don't feel like this life is such a waste. But if we believe in one system, especially one so "antiquated" as the Bible we will be mocked and ridiculed for being closed-minded and ignorant. But we grew up in Christian homes and are much more comfortable with "Christian" spirituality than, say, Eastern Transcendentalism. So what is the open-minded post modernist to do?
Enter John Shelby Spong (and others)...

Simple, by removing Christianity's belief that we are sinful, Christ no becomes pointless. By removing the parts of Christianity that cause so many people to stumble and which don't make sense in a world where everybody is equally right (see 1 Corinthians 1:18), now Christianity is poised to survive for millennia to come.

The problem is that the message of Christianity is the Gospel, the Good News. That Good News is that even though we have been found to be in rebellion to the Creator, Sustainer, and Judge over the universe, He made a way for us to be made right with Him: Christ. Christ came and died so that we would not be judged as the rebels that we are and cast out of His Presence and into eternal death. Sin is that rebellion; Christ is the only solution. Any religion, including a Savior-less Christianity that does not deal with our problem of sin will probably do quite a bit to make us feel better about our damned condition while we're here on earth, but we will still have to stand on our own merits before the Judge. It's like having cancer, ignoring the miracle cure, and taking morphine so that you can ignore the death that you are dying. Christ, rather, will remove your sin and your rebellion as far as the East is from the West. He will remove your death-bringing cancer of sin and give you the true relief of his grace, both now and for eternity.

Do not fall for Spong's appealing postmodern message. Realize that reality exists; if the God of the Bible is real, you must repent from your sins and place your only hope in Christ. We cannot determine reality, so to go to scripture under the assumption that we can determine what parts are true and what parts are not is not only really hard to do, it's foolish. The Word of God is truth and we must gauge our perception of reality based on it. This book and the message of Spong is that our perception of and our desire for reality is what is ultimately true and therefore we have free reign to tailor scripture to meet that reality that we desire. As soon as we do that, we miss the Gospel and Christianity ceases to be Christianity (see Galatians 1:6-9) ... Read more

79. The New Interpreter's Bible : Acts - First Corinthians (Volume 10)
by Robert W. Wall, J. Paul Sampley, N. T. Wright
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Scholarship
Review: 4 of 5; good work, worth a look.

Now for the comments on the topic:

Let me suggest to the reader that they do their own investigation into NT Wright before they simply assume someone else's view is correct. NT Wright certainly has some different interpretations of Romans and Paul, but a couple of points need to be made.

First, have you that have criticized him actually read his work? And that is, not parts of a couple of books and some reviews online, but have you read and studied his work? This common courtesy should be offered to any author.

Second, The comment is made that Wright's views depart from those of the Reformers: from Luther, Calvin, etc.. Let us not forget that these are merely Christian scholars too. We must compare an authors work against scripture and not be so taken with a particular theological camp that we are in danger of lifting tradition higher than it ought to be. That was what the reformers themselves were concerned about and fighting against: bringing back to scripture the significance that was being placed on tradition. Sola Scriptura was the cry and it should be the cry still today.

Concerning Wright's view of Paul, and while I am not completely sold on it yet, it seems plain after having read his work (and spoken with him) that he does not tear down that which was established at the Reformation, but he builds upon it. Through all of this he appeals with passion and sincerity to scripture, therefore, let your criticism be born of scripture also.
The above review reads almost verbatim the numerous criticisms online from Reformed pastors and theologians. Of all those criticisms that I have read (and I have read over a dozen conservatively) some make some valid points but most if not all of them discredit themselves with ignorant, or defensive or simply unwarranted accusations.

Concerning justification (this is a major simplification), it should be clear from the vocabulary what the word justification means. When justice is served, then someone has been found guilty or not guilty of something. When someone is justified they are declared righteous (the verdict is declared). They are not righteous because they are declared righteous. They are declared righteous (justified) when/because they have been found to BE righteous. A defendant is not declared innocent (or justified in his actions or lack thereof) because someone declared him so, but someone declared him so because the evidence demonstrated he was innocent. We are to be judged; Christ speaks the evidence on our behalf; due to the righteousness of Christ awarded us because of our faith in Jesus, God (or the judge) declares us innocent! With God, justice must be served -- He must make a decision one way or the other -- will He declared us unjust or just? Are we "unjustified" or are we "justified"? Because of Jesus and our faith in Him we are declared at JUSTIFIED! And the gavel slams down!

Bottom line is that you are not justified by faith because you believe in justification by faith. You are justified (declared just) because of the righteousness (the condition) that you received in faith in Christ. From the other side, if you 1)did not have faith in Christ, you would 2)not receive Christ's righteousness, therefore you would 3)not be declared just (or be "justified") by God.

There is a great deal more to this and I certainly do not claim to speak for Wright. I am simply suggesting that you investigate for yourself. There are plenty of resources available. And for goodness' sake, don't agree or disagree with something because it agrees with or does not agree with the Reformation. The Reformers would not. Sola Scriptura!

1-0 out of 5 stars Yikes!
Considering that N. T. Wright is contributing the section on Romans I would be very cautious for those exegetes planning to do research on this very important Pauline epistle on using this commentary. N. T. Wright is a respected and knowledgeable scholar, but his view of Second Temple Judaism and the Pauline (and biblical) doctrine of justification is totally out in space (definitely outside of the Reformational landscape, at least). Wright believes that the "works of the law" refer to Jewish nationalistic markers and that justification deals not with how an individual becomes legally righteous before God but with how one is identified as a "covenant member". He also suggests that Paul's contradictory statements on the law can be resolved if scholars understand Paul's negative statements on the law as only directed against the exclusivistic aspects. Thus, Paul had no problems saying that a Christian's good works are necessary for final justification (as long as the good works are stripped of the nationalistic aspects). In fact, according to Wright, Paul promoted a covenantal nomism akin to Second Temple Judaism (but in a Christian uniform). I don't know about you people but Wright has clearly (!) departed from the view of justification promoted by Luther, Calvin, the Puritans, and those that followed them. Not to see that fact is to read Wright in a very biased way.

5-0 out of 5 stars The latest volume
The New Interpreter's Bible is a twelve-volume series, updating the popular Interpreter's Bible from a few decades ago. There are several key features common to all of the volumes of this series. First, each includes a two-column, double translation of the Biblical text (NIV - New International Version, and NRSV - New Revised Standard Version) arranged by topical unit or story. Then, they provide commentaries that look at the passages as a whole, as well as verse-by-verse. Third, interesting Reflection pieces that relate the passages to each other, to history, and to current concerns occur at the conclusion of each passage. Fourth, introductory articles for each book are provided that discuss transmission, historical background, cultural setting, literary concerns, and current scholarship. Finally, there are general articles about the Bible, each Testament, and various types of literature (Narrative, Gospel, Wisdom Literature, etc.) are provided to give general placement and knowledge about the text overall.

The list of contributors, editors, and consultants on the project is a veritable Who's Who of biblical and theological scholarship, representing all major traditions and schools of thought liberal and conservative. Leander Keck, of the Yale Divinity School, is the primary editor of the series.

The volumes were published individually, and can be purchased individually, which is a good thing, given that they are a bit expensive. But for any serious biblical scholar, preacher, student, or enthusiast, they are invaluable.

--Volume X--

The tenth volume of the New Interpreter's Bible continues the New Testament, containing the books of Acts, Romans and First Corinthians, including an introductory essay on Epistolary Literature (i.e., letters). This was the final volume to be published. The series is now complete.

Robert Wall of Seattle Pacific University provides both the commentary on Acts as well as the essay on Epistolary Literature. The introductory article on Acts includes maps and drawings of archaeological sites, and looks at Acts from the standpoint of composition and conversation. Thus, Acts can serve as a story, as theology, or as historical framework.

In the essay on Epistolary Literature, Wall looks at both the Pauline collection and the letters attributed to other apostles. He examines the issues of dating and sequencing, the controversies over authorship on some letters, and the literary issues and features of letters versus other types of literature.

N. Thomas Wright, theologian of the Church of England, examines the Letter to the Romans. Looking at the structures and the themes of Romans, Wright argues against the idea of pulling out a few verses here and there as representative of the whole. 'One might as well try to get the feel of a Beethoven symphony by humming over half a dozen bars from different movements.'

J. Paul Sampley of Boston University looks at First Corinthians. Sampley explores the city of Corinth, the church in the community there, Paul's relationship with the Corinthians, particular themes that appear in the letter as representative of early Christianity.

High praise goes to the general editorial staff for working with such strong authors/scholars, that their work fits together well as part of this set while retaining the individual characteristics (much like the writers of the Bible itself!).

--Other volumes available--

The following is a list of each volume in this twelve-volume set, and the contents of each.

Volume I: General Articles on the Bible; General Articles on the Old Testament; Genesis; Exodus; Leviticus

Volume II: Numbers; Deuteronomy; Introduction to Narrative Literature; Joshua; Judges; Ruth; I & II Samuel

Volume III: I & II Kings; I & II Chronicles; Ezra, Nehemiah; Esther; Additions to Esther; Tobit; Judith

Volume IV: I & II Maccabees; Introduction to Hebrew Poetry; Job; Psalms

Volume V: Introduction to Wisdom Literature; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs; Book of Wisdom; Sirach

Volume VI: Introduction to Prophetic Literature; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Baruch; Letter of Jeremiah; Lamentations; Ezekiel

Volume VII: Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature; Daniel; Additions to Daniel; Hosea; Joel; Amos; Obadiah; Johan; Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk; Zephaniah; Haggai; Zechariah; Malachi

Volume VIII: General Articles on the New Testament; Matthew; Mark

Volume IX: Luke; John

Volume X: Acts; Introduction to Epistolary Literature; Romans, I Corinthians

Volume XI: II Corinthians; Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians; I & II Thessalonians; I & II Timothy; Titus; Philemon

Volume XII: Hebrews; James; I & II Peter; I, II & III John; Jude; Revelation

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for!
Published at least a year later than originally announced, this volume completes the 12-volume New Interpreter's Bible Commentary (Volume 1, Genesis-Leviticus, having been published in 1994). I've really come to enjoy and rely on the broad and balanced scholarship represented in this series (although I have to admit I haven't read any of the volumes from cover to cover). Volume X has the text and commentary for The Acts of the Apostles, Romans, and 1 Corinthians, plus an excellent "Introduction to Epistolary Literature" by Robert W. Wall.

Although the volumes are large and you'll need to dedicate 28 inches of shelf space if you intend to acquire the entire series (and you should), you'll appreciate the large, easy-to-read typeface and the inclusion of two English translations of every passage of the Bible (NRSV and NIV for the 66 books used by both Protestants and Roman Catholics; NRSV and NAB for the Deuterocanonical Books read primarily by Catholics). Besides verse-by-verse commentary, each book has a general introduction, "Overviews" to large sections within the books, and periodic "Reflections" (intended, I presume, to help kick-start many a pastor's sermon preparation). In addition, there are occasional Excursuses on a variety of fascinating topics (although there are none in Volume X, there are 4 in Volume VIII on the Gospel of Matthew). On the off chance that these commentaries won't answer every question you may have, the detailed footnotes and thorough bibliographies will direct you to all the right sources.

My only gripe is that the series does not cover ALL the books of the Apocrypha as represented in the NRSV translation. There is nothing, for instance, on 1 and 2 Esdras or 3 and 4 Maccabees. My copy of Volume X came with an announcement that in Spring 2003, Abingdon Press would be coming out with the New Interpreter's Study Bible. I plan to pre-order it as soon as I can. My only hope is that this Bible will include the Apocryphal books they neglected in the Commentary. The announcment also stated that an index volume would be issued in Fall 2003. Can a CD-ROM be far behind? ... Read more

80. The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God)
by N. T. Wright
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Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question – which any historian must face – renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright focuses on the key points: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about his belief?

This book, third is Wright’s series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians’ belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his "appearances."

How do we explain these phenomena? The early Christians’ answer was that Jesus had indeed been bodily raised from the dead; that was why they hailed him as the messianic "son of God." No modern historian has come up with a more convincing explanation. Facing this question, we are confronted to this day with the most central issues of the Christian worldview and theology. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Massive, definitive work on the resurrection of Jesus
With this 800 page volume, N. T. Wright has now written the definitive work on the resurrection of Jesus. From this point on, scholars will be arguing with, for, or against Wright. All discussion must now start with this book and Wright's discussion of the biblical accounts of the resurrection of Jesus. In breadth and depth of scholarship, *Resurrection of the Son of God* can only be compared to Raymond Brown's *Death of the Messiah*.

Wright thoroughly dismantles all attempts to interpret the resurrection narratives as "interpretations" of the death of Jesus or as symbolizations of the new found faith of the disciples of Jesus. Wright also effectively destroys the arguments of those who advance the theory that the first Christians employed resurrection language to speak of Jesus' eternal, though spiritual, life with God after his death on the cross. The evidence does not allow us to entertain the possibility that the apostles might have claimed that Jesus had been raised from the dead even while his corpse was still lying in the tomb. If the desire was to simply assert that Jesus was now "with God" or that his soul was in heaven, there was language and conceptuality available to make such claims. To speak of someone being "raised from the dead" can only have one meaning within first century Judaism--God has acted to bestow upon that person an embodied, "physical" form of existence. The surprising thing is that the early Christians employed this language about Jesus even though it was clear that the expected general resurrection of the dead had yet to occur! There was no precedent at all for such a restricted use of resurrection language; but such was the mystery of Easter!

It is time for the Church to finally move beyond Bultmann, Marxsen, and Crossan and confidently reclaim the New Testament proclamation of Jesus' embodied resurrection. This message may be wrong; but let's at least be clear that this is the message of the Church.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent presentation on "Resurrection"
This book is not only about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, but also gives excellent summaries of the understanding of the term "resurrection" from pagan, Jewish, and Christian standpoints in the ancient world. The author successfully and decisively demonstrates with an impressive repertoire of evidence in each case that: the concept of "resurrection" in the ancient world through the 1st century A.D., for pagans, Jews, and Christians, was always understood to be a physical, bodily event; the ancient pagans did not believe in "resurrection" but rather believed in a permanent disembodied afterlife that was not referred to by the term "resurrection"; ancient strands of Judaism, particularly Pharisaic Judaism, believed in "resurrection" as a physical, bodily event; the early Christians understood Christ's resurrection and the subsequent resurrection at the end of the world to be a physical, bodily event. The author also demonstrates compelling arguments favoring the reliability of the resurrection narratives found at the end of each Gospel as well as evidence favoring the historicity of the empty tomb and post-resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ. A couple of alternative, naturalistic theories to the resurrection of Jesus Christ that have gained popularity in the last half century or so are also soundly debunked.

This book is a slow read, but still worth the while of an apologist or scholar seeking advanced insight into the early Christian understanding of "resurrection." It also provides the reader with excellent background information as to how the term was understood by the ancient pagans and Jews.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on the subject!
This book is necessary reading for anyone who questions his or her faith and that of early Christians. N.T. Wright, in this book has made the resurrection of Christ historically plausible. Wright shows how the rise of the church could not have come by such flimsy theories as "cognitive dissonance" as developed by Leon Festinger, or a "new experience of grace" proposed by Edward Schillebeeckx. It becomes very clear that only an empty tomb on Easter morning and seeing the physically risen Jesus of Nazareth could have brought about the rise of early Christianity. One good point-out of many Wright makes-is how all other so-called messianic movements of the time died out with its leader being executed, but the Jesus movement only became stronger when Christ was crucified. It seems unlikely the early followers would be willing to die for a dead man, but for the resurrected Son of God, it is highly understandable. These are only a few things covered in the book on the subject. I will say after reading it you will walk away with fresh look at your faith

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
As a non-Christian, I must say that I was, at first, overwhelmed by the size and scope of this book. The author has such a familiarity with his time period and the sources relevant to it that, at times, it seems almost unreal (even super-human). His entire project has been ambitious to say the least and this last volume has been no exception.

Essentially, Wright starts by analyzing the pagan worldview as it was (theoretically speaking) around the time of Jesus. As noted above, his command of the literature is impressive, he gives a convincing portrait of what a pagan living sometime between 200 BCE and 200 CE would have believed about the nature of life, death and the after-life. It is clear, to the discerning reader, that from the outset his goal will be to show why it is a mistake for scholars to read too much paganism into the early church and, thus, into the New Testament documents themselves. He illustrates this by giving an account of the stories, praxis, questions and answers, and symbols of both second temple Judaism and paganism, and then by arguing that the data of Christian literature proves a best fit within the Jewish worldview.

From there, he goes on to show how the Christian story was a linear offshoot of the Jewish story, particularly concerning the resurrection. Christians would have been seen a "radical" Jews by the surrounding Jewish community, because of their beliefs concering the resurrection and the man named Jesus of Nazareth whom, apparently, God had raised from the dead marking the beginning of the kingdom and the promise of a future resurrection for those whom follow the Christ. Wright argues his point by analying the relevant passages themselves and, for the most part, his analysis is brilliant, original and refreshing.

However, I still disagree with Wright on many points including his estimation of the pagan influence on early Christianity and, thus, on the writings of the New Testament (particularly Paul) as well as some of his exegesis of Scripture and, ultimately, his conviction that Jesus is the resurrected, divine, Son of God. I suspect that in a conversation he and I would have to agree to disagree: fair enough. After all, Wright's three books are just telling a story, a story from a particular point of view. It is a higly detailed and fairly coherent story, but it is still just a story, one of many. I like that Wright himself admits as much (see book one), and leaves it to the reader to make his decision. I have made mine (for now). I envite you to read this work, for it has the potential to challenge you re-consider the story you now tell, and replace it with something closer to the one Wright wants to tell the world. If this intruigues you, this book is well worth your time.

4-0 out of 5 stars I have a feeling
I have a feeling that the reviewer from Franklin, TN, choosing to be anonymous, did not read Wright's book, and probably didn't read any of Wright's other stuff. As soon I have the chance, I will sit down with volume 1 of the "Christian Origins and the Question of God" series and go through volume 2 and 3 and then I will write a review of each one.

Read the stinking book! ... Read more

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