Popular scholar Ravi Zacharias sets a captivating scene in this first in the intriguing Conversations with Jesus series. Through dialogue between Christ and Gautama Buddha that reveals Jesus' warm, impassioned concern for all people, God's true nature is explored. It's a well-priced version that you will enjoy owning.
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First of all, this is read very nicely by Simon Vance (one of my favourite readers of audiobooks).
I was expecting a stimulating and balanced discussion between two of the most famous people in history who have a continuing influence on the World today. However, the Christ presented here is pompous, arrogant and self-righteous. He spends the whole book attacking Shakyamuni Buddha and Buddhism. Christ never mentions antinomianism - a major failing of Christianity.
The author is clearly a Christian and clearly does not understand or respect Buddhism. However, I would recommend this audiobook to anybody because it is thought provoking if flawed and irritating at times.
"a good concise comparison"
Ravi does an excellent job of making concise ideas for comparison. His ability to illustrate to communicate ideas is wonderful. This is a book that focuses on a few topics which will lead to more questions, but I think that is great. It's a good story.
"Make this into a movie!"
The dialogue between Jesus and Buddha was fascinating. The story of the young woman trapped in the life of prostitution was heart wrenching and something I could somewhat relate too. And Visually the idea of Jesus, Buddha and this woman being ferry boated through south east asia and walking through buddhist temples i would simply love to see on a movie screen.
The only things i can compare this to is Zacharias's other Great Conversation books.
Probably when the 4 of them are walking through the temple.
The devastating story of this young woman's life.
I think the only that could have been better was having their action's narrated in 3rd person rather than having the characters themselves say what they were about to do or were doing in 1st person. It sounds really heavy handed and a little cheesy. And when Buddha quoted a common phrase from Ravi Zacharias himself i was like "What? Would Buddha really say that?" Fortunately these things only happened a few times and not enough to ruin the book.
"Worship is in the core of human worth."
I loved it! This is like the 3rd time I've listened to this audio book and each time it leaves a sense owe and gratitude to God who chose Dr. Ravi to witness to my spirit and strengthen my faith and commitment to God. And thanks to Vince for such wonderful lecture. Praise be to God, my Father!
It's impressive that an author could capture such imposing figures as Jesus and Buddha so accurately. Not only was this book informative, it was creative and enjoyable. Check it.
"Compelling story; provocative comparisons."
Ravi's book is written from the Christian viewpoint and the comparisons to Buddhism are certainly provocative. Knowing little about Buddhism, I found myself reading externally to learn more. That said, the story is compelling and the reader, Simon Vance, does an excellent job. I recommend this book.
"Would not recommend this book"
The book would have been better if written from a more objective stance.
The writing seemed quite biased.
"A Delightful Dialectic"
A throughly engrossing discussion expressing the teachings of Jesus and Buddha superbly performed the narrator. Both Jesus and Buddha sought to confront the human condition yet go about it in radically different ways: The former seeking to heal and redeem the heart; the latter deny and dissolve it.
We are made deepen our appreciation of the salvific message of Jesus in the course of this dialogue.
"Great book review by Sambath"
Great written using both teaching to converse with the right subjects and walked through real life story, the story that all of us facing everyday.
"Terribly sad, but also hopeful"
Yes, I would certainly listen to this audio book again. It is rich in story and theology (both Buddhist and Christian).This is a very cool book that is actually really really sad, in which Jesus and Buddha travel together and converse in a river boat with a young woman (who is by now a diseased prostitute) and the boat's captain. As they travel, they discuss their respective worldviews and how they play out in relation of the young woman's life and pending death.I'm biased of course (we all are) but honestly I cannot see how Buddhism could offer me anything that I want in this world that comes even close to the love of God and the hope of the future Kingdom of God. It is plain in the story that Jesus connects the diseased and dying young woman to a future hope, a connection to the infinite personal God, who loves and comforts her as she dies, and offers hope and forgiveness into eternity. I feel desperately sad for woman like the one in this fictionalized story, who really do exist in large numbers in Buddhist countries, where in many cases young women are tricked into prostitution, to satisfy the lusts of men, and have no hope or dignity which is exactly what Jesus offers.
Seeing the contrast between the hope that Buddhism offers to the young dying prostitute over against what Jesus offers to her.
No clear winner here.
Different beliefs, contrasting hopes.
Great book that I really appreciate having as an audio book !!!
"THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND BUDDHISM"
In this insightful book, Ravi explains the difference between Buddhism and Christianity in such an intimate way. It is interesting and engaging. I came away with a deeper understanding of both religions
The back story of Pryor, who is a victim of a whole belief system. There are many things about her that each person can identify with.
He is a good reader, you can hear the humility in his voice when he speaks as Jesus.
Yes, at the end, when Jesus drinks Pryors cup.
I was moved by this book. I was also touched by the respect that Ravi has shown toward those who are Buddhists, while showing the deep differences between the two religions.
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