©1999 Philip Yancey; (P)1999 by The Zondervan Corporation
If you are thinking of buying this and have not listened to the unabridged version I would recommend that you did that first.
The first thing I must say is that the quality of the recording is quite poor, although I got used to it after a while, that said it is completely fascinating, the additional 6 hours are well worth listening to.
I cannot listen to this book. Every chapter starts with music which is played over the voice of the reader. I bought an audio book not a music album.
I do not know I could not use the audiobook to find out.
"Makes you think"
I really like a book that makes me think "outside the box", and the box I most want to think outside of is the notions of religion I grew up with. Don't get me wrong -- I love the church, and it has, actually served me well for the most part. But it took me 30 some years to get past some of the ideas I formed early on about who Jesus was and what he thought. This book was part of that process, and served to sum up what much of what I had come to so far, as well as pushing me past to challenge some of my thinking even further.
While some would like to put him in a box as a very nice man who made people feel good about themselves, or maybe a gentle religious teacher, this is not the man presented by the New Testament. This book goes to the parts that the Sunday School teachers glossed over -- the dangerous words an actions.
If you've never met the real Jesus of the Bible, and you've been chewing for years on the milk-toast image you learned as a child, it is time. Read this book.
I appreciate this work, for boldly confronting the bland version of Jesus Christ that many churches present. Passionate, unpredictable and full of love - this is the Christ I want to know! My only complaint is, sadly, the narrator's slow delivery, that kind of drags along. Odd, considering the books' content.
"Poor audio quality"
Phil Yancy is great, this book is great, but the recording was obviously copied from a tape cassette - very poor quality, made worse by the narrator's deep monotone voice. But I found no other recordings available, so this is apparently the only choice for us who choose to listen to books.
"Wonderful Book - Not a good Audio Book"
I read the book which I really enjoyed. But, the audio book has 2 problems:
1) Very poor sound quality - if you look carefully- the sound quality is available in the lower quality (1) and (2) which sounds like a bad radio a.m. radio broadcast. Instead of the (4) higher sound quality.
2) The narrator of this book was boring and slow - nothing like some of the C.S. Lewis audio books, which were very enjoyable.
Anyways, I was very disappointed with the quality, I would just rather read the book again. :-(
"Excellent in all respects"
Captivating content. All 3 voices (narrator and readers of quotes) excellent. Strongly recommended to all.
"Good Material, but Read it. Don't listen to it!"
My study group is reading this book and being a audio learner I bought the audible version. I think I would enjoy listening to this book if he had a decent narrator, but unfortunately the narrator makes the book really boring. It's a shame because it is not boring material.
It was thought provoking and Biblically based, but made an effort to distance itself from the cookie cutter, US based worldview of a lot of Evangelical authors. Yancey also willingly points out areas where he struggles and times where he erred in his attempt to apply Christ's teaching to his own life. I thought this was profound and intellectually honest.
He mentioned some of the Galilean cultural elements and how the area was perceived by those in the rest of the region. I never knew about the accents and regional prejudices that would have existed against people from there, and what that would have meant for Jesus' ministry.
He has an excellent voice and he pleasant to listen to. He brings a genuine quality to the material.
No, because I wanted to think about what had been presented in each chapter, and I even listened to a couple of chapters twice.
This is a great book without any pat answers or the much overdone "five ways to..." or "10 steps to..." kinds of approaches. I very much look forward to reading more from this author. He is honest, genuine, knowledgeable and very open.
"The Jesus I'm beginning to know."
Over the years I have enjoyed reading or listening to this book countless times. Mr. Yancey's insights into Jesus' life are fascinating.
Bill Richards is my faovrite reader. I could listen to him speak hours on end without ever growing weary of his soothing voice.
I recommend this book to anyone wanting a more meaningful answer to Jesus' own question, "Who do you say I am"
"Worth the time"
Recommended by my Pastor, this book by Philip Yancy was both thought provoking and afirrming.
This book really opened me to see Jesus as a Jew and gave me a better understanding of the culture he lived in when he was on earth. I really recommend this book for those who want to see Jesus as he was in the New Testament.
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