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Why Jesus?: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality Hardcover – January 25, 2012
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"Ravi takes a scholarly yet imaginative approach to aplogetics."―Bruce Wilkinson, author of the #1 "New York Times" bestseller The Prayer of Jabez
"The works of Ravi Zacharias are a vital resource around our house."―Frank Peretti
"I am not aquainted with a brighter mind or a more relevant and devoted defender of the faith than Ravi Zacharias."―Charles Swindoll
"To every generation God sends a prophet. Ravi Zacharias is that prophet for this generation. You must hear him."―Josh McDowell
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Because he was born in India, raised a Hindu and later converted to Christianity- along with his vast traveling throughout the globe, Ravi is able speak candidly in a way that is sharp and unapologetic, yet still above criticism of a narrow mind. He is respectful and even loving, but also far from politically correct. He even says: "I have been fairly blunt because I want readers to be brutally honest with themselves." (p. 230)
Early on he points out how television has changed our culture and even attacks, yes attacks, Oprah of all people. I mean, who doesn't like her? I was surprised, and my preconditioned - "try not to be offensive to anyone ever"- mentality was shaken. But as I continued to read, I began to understand why he would bother with Oprah or her philosophy. He explains that it is rationally "impossible to sustain truth without excluding falsehood. All religions are exclusive." He shows us how this is true and has a great understanding of Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and other world religions.
I love the message of Christ, and the "good news," which it really is!Read more ›
In chapter one after a scintillating discussing of movie making agendas in the East and the West he writes, "Why are we always beguiled by something foreign? In the West, Eastern mysticism is `in' -chants, sounds, and practices with foreign words have made an appeal of culture-shifting proportions- while in the East, where these very same techniques have been tried for centuries, many are disillusioned and seeking solace somewhere else. Before me the entertainment elite of the East gave their full attention to a talk on `Why Jesus Is the Ultimate,' while in the West, entertainers are looking toward the East for their answers."
In the first half to about seventy percent of the way into the book Ravi tackles what he calls "Weastern" thought - a hybrid of western and eastern thought blended into one. He takes the time to demonstrate how eastern thought has penetrated the west, and how western thought has penetrated the east. He cogently and brilliantly synthesizes how this has taken place through the medium of television, philosophy, religion, and irreligion and highlights old and modern voices alike.Read more ›
Ravi challenges the truthfulness of contemporary religion--mostly, what he calls "New Spirituality"--in the early pages of his book, and promises to steer us away from mass marketed shallowness toward the Truth. Capital T. It's a noble quest.
Says Ravi, "I have followed through on my promise to pursue truth and have devoted my life to the study and understanding of all the major religions and systems of belief in the world." He poses a question: "If the truth is so important [in the courtroom], how much more important is it in the search for the spiritual answers to our deepest hungers?" He quotes Winston Churchill: "The most valuable thing in the world is the truth." He concludes, "Nothing is so destructive as running from the truth."
With this intoxicating buildup, he raises our expectations for great revelation. Yes, Ravi! Bring us the TRUTH! Can I hear an amen?
Instead, Ravi embarks on a 272-page quest to discredit the competition (Ravi has a serious thing about Chopra and Oprah, and their feel-good religions; at least a quarter of the book is dedicated to the "deplorable and manipulative" Deepak Chopra). I kept waiting to learn about Jesus. Why Jesus? The best answer I could find is that Ravi likes Jesus-the-person, the man who befriended sinners and played with children on his lap. Jesus "makes reality beautiful." Well, heck, I think Jesus is cool, too.
Five stars if you love passionate ridicule and prefer attack to defense. One star if you're hoping to uncover a reason to turn to Jesus. Ravi keeps promising, but never delivers ...Read more ›
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Awesome book. Ravi Zacharias is a great author and so very knowledgeable!Published 2 days ago by Paula
An excellent breakdown of why Christ is the one and only for every soul on this earth.Published 1 month ago by Wolf
Deep, Clear, and beautiful exposition of the new-spirituality in light of the truth of Christ. I'm not giving anymore spoilers, nor a book review. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Theophastus
Finished reading it and good to learn more about my belief.Published 1 month ago by Dennis J Cleofe
Excellent book, especially for those following the new "zen" trends. Already want to read it again.Published 2 months ago by Pau Zug
Ravi Zacharias is brilliant. This is a must read for anyone interested in defending the Christian faith. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pam
If you like reading Ravi, as I do, you have to get this book. What a mind and what a way to address huge issues in a comprehensive and understandable way. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lewis G. Phillips