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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books; annotated edition edition (August 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570756724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570756726
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Albert has a unique style - easy reading and yet very profound thoughts that reach the heart of the reader.
Sister June Mouat
Anyone who feels the need for a total reconciliation with oneself, with the world and with all of mankind will find this book to be a joyful revelation.
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This outline is perfect for Christian spiritual holdings: if offers perspectives and lessons which make for deeper spiritual insights.
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John Laughlin on May 12, 2007
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Albert Nolan was born in 1934 in Cape Town a 4th generation South African who rose to international acclaim with the publication of his first book, Jesus Before Christianity, was recently reissued on its 25th anniversary. Jesus Before Christ, translated into nine languages, was described by theologian Harvey Cox as "the most accurate and balanced short reconstruction of the life of the historical Jesus."

In 2003, the South African government awarded him the Order of Luthuli in recognition of "his lifelong dedication to the struggle for democracy, human rights and justice and for challenging the religious dogma including theological justification of apartheid." The award is named after Chief Albert Luthuli, South Africa's first Nobel Peace Prize winner.

In this long-awaited sequel, Nolan describes the modern signs that underlay our spiritual hunger: the crisis of individualism, ecological breakdowns, the global divide between rich and poor, our unprecedented skepticism and a disconnect with our past and our failing efforts to reconnect through fundamentalism and Neo-conservatism.

Besides spiritual hunger we face the crisis of individualism that is ending up in a cultist worship of the ego and the erosion of community. People have fewer friends than they did 20 years ago and this rising disconnect can be seen in the growing prevalence of anger and anxiety. The hunger for spirituality is a hunger for freedom from materials, self-indulgence, postmodernism, oppression, and individualism. It is a freedom from self-sufficiency, independence, and separation that have brought us to the edge of chaos.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By jeg on September 25, 2006
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albert is a brilliant theologian who is strongly in touch with the spirit of god. his message is truth, love and personal and global transformation. he knows that the kingdom is already here if we choose to see it. if you are on a path to greater mystical and spiritual awareness this book will help you. all his other books are excellent also. they are easy to read. god bless you on the road...
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sister June Mouat on March 21, 2007
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Albert Nolan embodies, in a rare combination, the qualities of deep Spirituality, theology of the New Testament and the ability to engage the reader in their own contextual situations.

Albert has a unique style - easy reading and yet very profound thoughts that reach the heart of the reader.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Hochwalt on August 25, 2007
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Finally, a book that does not focus on the historical Jesus or cover and recover that typical ideas and insights into Jesus. It seems as though Albert Nolan, a Domincan priest, is a person who has engaged in the spiritual life both in thought and action, and is able to say something "new". Not just new, but this book gave me something worth reading on almost every page.

In short --- the book "resurrects" Jesus into the modern world without diminishing his stature.

The book is divided into three sections: The first presents a depiction of the present day world. The second paints a picture of Jesus' spirituality that can be seen by reading carefully the gospels. Third, Nolan describes a spirituality which will be meaniningful in part or in toto for the readers themselves to follow.

Highly recommended.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Watkins on May 12, 2007
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This is a must read. Albert Nolan is a great thinker and writer. This book is radically about Jesus. This is not the sugar-coated Jesus. This is for people seeking a deeper encounter.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roland M. Poirier on December 10, 2008
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The book is a refreshing analysis of Jesus' spirituality, based on his radical freedom of speech and behavior, which was something quite new and surprising to the ears and eyes of the people of his time. Jesus' intimate relationship with his Father, and the resulting trust in Him, explains why he feared nobody, be it Pilate or the high priest. The book is also an invitation for us to read the signs of our times and to develop a practical spirituality according to the model of Jesus.
Among the signs of our times there is the growing separation of spirituality from religion. Yet the author doesn't wish to divide or antagonize, but to unify. He wishes to do away with the body-soul dualism, as well as with individualism which separates us from other people, and tends to destroy our human community and its natural environment. He wants to reconcile science and spirituality since modern scientists, like theologians, can't always say for sure what they actually know.
Jesus appears to be turning the world upside down, and yet he actually turns it right side up by ridding it from the illusions and distortions of the ego, in order to transform it into the kingdom of God.
All along the book the author explains how we are actually one with ourselves, one with the other human beings, one with the universe and one with God. And he says that once we make this experience of oneness we will find it gloriously liberating.
We will recover our real identity, not as separate individuals, but as persons who are part and parcel of the whole human community.
What we should seek is not freedom for our ego, but freedom from our ego, so that we become free to act according to the will of God.
Easy to read and gratifying
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