Christianity is in crisis. Increasing numbers of people are "opting out." Why? Have recent discoveries in archaeology uprooted our faith in the Bible? Do the gospels no longer serve our modern, complicated lives? In The Hidden Power of the Gospels, Dr. Alexander Shaia moves beyond the typical approach to reveal an undiscovered truth that's been dormant for over one thousand years.
In the tradition of such writers as Thomas Moore and Don Miguel Ruiz, Shaia reveals how the recurring cycles of change, loss, enlightenment, and maturation are illuminated by the Bible's four gospels. Combining ancient Christian traditions, anthropology, and modern psychology, he reveals what has been in front of our eyes for two thousand years: that each of the gospels is centered on a different core metaphor and each focuses on a vital spiritual question.
Matthew begins with the question "How do we face change?" Mark poses the hard question of "How do we move through suffering?" John stirs and elevates the soul as he asks, "How do we receive joy?" And Luke moves us forward on the practical path, as he inquires, "How do we mature in service?" Shaia weaves these questions together in what he calls the quadratos journey, a recurring fourfold cycle that lives on as a constant companion throughout our lives.
Shaia unravels the divine inspiration of this mysterious sequence and links its ancient truths to universal, modern understandings. By using this lens, the gospels become practical guides for creating faith-filled lives that are relevant and useful in a time that is much more complex than village life millennia ago. In the sequence Shaia discloses, the gospels become the map for our never-ending spiritual journey.
So many eyes have been opened and it's as if people fall in love again with the gospels.
Beyond the purely practical, this book also offers a great deal to the deeply spiritual (but sometimes not religious) person.
I'm fascinated with the information about how the gospels were written and the communities to which they were written.
I have indicated the degree to which I have appreciated this purchase and how it his been of value to me. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wayne
This book gives a new-old look at the 4 major gospels and the reader gains insight into how and why they were written and used. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ann Stressman
This takes the reader from just reading the Bible to understanding the origins. This book brings form to the Gospels that is not obvious to the common western reading of the New... Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Johnson
To be honest, I enjoyed the book. I think at this point that I would give the book itself a four star rating. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Truth Teller
This book provided some interesting information about the history of the 4 gospels selected for the New Testament. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Pensrfun
The book has many markings in the text & tabs taped to the top of pages which interfere with reading.Published 16 months ago by W. Laine
Have heard the author speak on several occasions - his writing has a similar easy-to-follow style! And I can deal with the content at my own pace!!Published 17 months ago by Doreen Hogan
My whole church was invited to read this book ahead of the author's visit. Even with an incentive/deadline, I struggled to finish the book. Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Ronald J. Johnson MD