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Summary

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

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

©2006 Ravi Zacharias (P)2006 christianaudio.com

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  • Kellen
  • 14-10-13

Interesting Dialogue that fell short of Greatness

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

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

Which scene was your favorite?

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

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

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

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  • Nancy Blatnik
  • 21-01-18

amazing

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-18

Convicting and thought provoking!

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

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  • W. Chase
  • 24-10-17

excellent performance!

this puts sensuality into it's proper context. answered questions that I had...or help me think them through.

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  • Marian Fernald
  • 16-05-17

Loved it

Ravi is amazing. I struggle with reading, so I'm thankful Audible has his books. I love this man of G-d and remember him and his family in my prayers. Thank you.

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  • S.Nieboer
  • 06-11-16

Excellent

Captivating. I finished in 2 sittings...the next day I started it again...this time taking notes.

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  • rev dp
  • 12-05-16

A Six Star Book

Would you listen to Sense and Sensuality again? Why?

If I could this this 6 stars all around I would. This is another amazing book by Ravi Zacharias. I will soon listen to it again.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Wonderful.

Any additional comments?

I was surprised by the ending.

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  • Jonathan Arbeen
  • 18-06-15

Excellent book

I loved the book! The way the author incorporates the dialogue with Jesus and Blaise Pascal to converse with Oscar Wilde is invigorating. I suggest this book to anyone who likes this style of writing.

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  • Don Rucker
  • 23-05-15

Creative and well considered

As with all of the works by Ravi that I have read this one brings clarity to universal matters of the highest importance.

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  • Stephen Bowman
  • 21-05-15

Zacharias is a great mind.

This is a thought provoking exchange between the two points of view. And as usual he causes you to give both sides thought before you see that only one means anything in the end.