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The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind--A New Perspective on Christ and His Message: Transforming Heart and Mind - a New Perspective on Christ and His Message

The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind--A New Perspective on Christ and His Message: Transforming Heart and Mind - a New Perspective on Christ and His Message [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia Bourgeault
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If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault is a masterful guide to Jesus's vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teachings for yourself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0013TPX5E
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications (20 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DXOM62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise and Refreshing 13 April 2009
This is a refreshing read on the Jesus story, full of insightful gems, leading the reader and spiritual seeker into another realm of faith and wisdom. So much Jesus scholarship is devoted to historical and theological analysis. We need the scholarly analysis, but the deeper integration of our faith also requires the mystical insight and vision which Cynthia Bourgeault illustrates so vividly in this inpsiring read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are we ignoring the real message of Jesus? 13 Nov 2012
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What is wrong with modern Christianity? Did Christianity get off on the wrong foot almost from its inception? That is the thesis of this thought provoking and challenging book, a fascinating new take on the Jesus Christ we thought we were familiar with.

The starting point of the book is the Gospel of Thomas, restored to us when it was found among the Nag Hammadi scrolls in the Egyptian desert in 1945. These scrolls date back to early Christianity, being at least as old as the four canonical gospels, now widely regarded as the authentic teachings of Jesus, and give us a radical new take on Jesus and the metaphysics of his teaching.
Referring also to the 1960s Syriac studies, the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls, Celtic poetry, Chinese Jesus Sutras, the African desert fathers, and so on, the author convincingly argues that the familiar Christian creeds and doctrines put together in the fourth century get in the way of understanding Jesus as a master in ancient spiritual wisdom, who was teaching the meltdown and recasting, the transformation, of human consciousness. This is the Eastern-like wisdom path of Jesus the life giver, a Jesus who is like us, calling us to put on the mind of Christ, telling us that the Kingdom of Heaven is a metaphor for a state of consciousness, a transformed awareness, a nondual or unitive consciousness, of divine abundance. There is then no separation between God and human, between human and human, all dwelling together in mutual loving reciprocity. The Kingdom of Heaven is within us and at hand, here and now, something we awaken into, not die into. This contrasts with the Pauline image of Jesus as Savior, who died for our sins, who is different from us, and has come to atone for mankind's depravity.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb insights from mystic Christianity 21 Feb 2009
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This is an amazing perspective on Jesus from the context of Wisdom, which wonderfully brings out how his message is about a transformation of consciousness. Radical, yet aligned with the heart of tradition, this is one of the best books - perhaps the best - I have read on mystic Christianity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Lainey
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Cynthia Bourgeault is undoubtedly a scholar of the Wisdom tradition and a walker of the spiritual path. Her breadth of vision and reference material is very impressive and although scholarly in her approach, her work is accessible and rich with meaning. This book provides tools to assist in the transformation of consciousness and as such the wisdom and gems it offers are priceless.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Spirituality 8 Dec 2011
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I have been enormously inspired by this book. It challenges and affirms and sends me out again into a changed world where there is a God - bigger than the one I had previously perceived. Are you serious about knowing God in yourself and in others? Read this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book may change your life! 3 Oct 2013
By Birdy
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Cynthia Bourgeault's book 'The Wisdom Jesus' is the most refreshing spiritual book I have read in years. Bourgeault takes our traditional understanding of the life and teaching of Jesus and turns that traditional teaching on its head by interpreting the teaching of Jesus through the wisdom tradition. In doing so, this author has opened my mind to some amazing insights and encouraged me to reconsider some major aspects of the teaching of Jesus and what it means to us in our lives today. The book was recommended to me by a friend who is a theologian - I am very grateful to her!

B. Daly
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom of Jesus 11 July 2011
Outstanding book. New ground opened up (for me). a "must" for anyone thirsting to grow in the inner journey
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars New Age Mish-mash 13 Dec 2012
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Cynthia Bourgeault seeks to create a "wisdom" Christ according to her own pet theories. Terms like the "egoic operating system","binary mind","energy centres","instantiation", "mythic" consciousness, and vibration, amongst others, reveal ideas not intrinsic to the Gospels but common to New Age thinking.

She wants a Christ who dispenses wisdom to us as individuals. She mentions a Tantric Christ?
However the Gospels give us a clear picture of Christ and his activities which bear little resemblance to the picture invented by Bourgeault. Christ was not some guru who dealt with individuals. In the tradition of his Jewish roots he was concerned with society as a whole. It says very explicitly in the New Testament that he inaugurated a new covenant between man (plural/community) and God. He almost always preached to crowds and groups, not on a one-to-one basis like a guru. He was not a "navel gazer" but a preacher, healer and activist. His audience were first century Jews not twenty-first century intellectuals.

Bourgeault makes much of the Gospel of Thomas with its wisdom sayings. She is completely wrong when she states that it is accepted as containing the words of Jesus. Serious biblical scholars remain unconvinced.

I have no qualms about the section on centering prayer and lectio divina. These are established Christian practices, but you can download them for free off the Internet.

All in all a great disappointment. She follows in a long line of books that cobble together a so-called new understanding of Christ which turn out to be erroneous in the extreme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
A fantastic book that sets you free to explore your own relationship to the Jesus message.
Published 12 days ago by R. BRINDLE
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Read
A fascinating guide to another aspect of Jesus which has been forgotten and neglected in the Western church and in much of its theology.
Published 3 months ago by Canon P I Impey
1.0 out of 5 stars Idolatry
Creating your own God by modeling Jesus to suit yourself is the ultimate form of idolatry.Do not bother with this book. If I could have registered zero star I would have done so. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Michael Arch
2.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs down
It's the old line: that the church was hijacked somewhere in about the 4th century by people who wanted to use the Church for their power - and of course phallocratic - ends. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Michael Lomax
5.0 out of 5 stars Creating an open mind
I bought this book after discussing the issues contained in it with a colleague. I found it to be thought provoking.
Published 19 months ago by shane cannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom Jesus
This book is very stimulating and creative. It offers fresh perspectives on the Christian life though some of the scriptural interpretations need a bit of thinking about.
Published 20 months ago by Judith Marks
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not earth shaking.
Firstly I think it should be made clearer how far from the orthodox this book is. The author presents the Gospel of Thomas as if it was unknown before the discovery of the Nag... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Find more than sufficient food for meditation and reflection within this book. Still studying it....making my way through it! Recommend it to others.
Published 20 months ago by Enda McMullan
5.0 out of 5 stars the wisdom jesus
The writer has a transformative view of christianity and one that understands the teachings of Christ in a way that makes them meaningful in our present age. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Ja Hewitt
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