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unbelievably informative and mind expanding,
This review is from: The Illusion of ""Truth"": The Real Jesus Behind the Grand Myth (Paperback)
I really didn't want to like this but I was intrigued by the author's claims. The author's voice initially irritated me with his claims of showing me the real Jesus. Why did I need to know this anyway when I had my own opinion of my 'Jesus'. This is the Jesus of someone brought up Catholic, has studied many religions and spiritualties and settled happily on a shamanic path. So my Jesus was so many things: a god, a man, a holy prophet and also a shaman and mystic. The author claims to be able to show me the 'truth' grated on me and made determined to work through this book.
Then it didn't matter whether I 'liked' the author's voice or not because he had me hooked! Firstly, the historic myths associated with Jesus and the bible were looked into and one by one shown for what they are. This was shocking but was necessary to one who had been indoctrinated in youth. The author showed how 'historical' Jesus and religious Jesus actually don't explain the complexity of the man. The most important part for me was when the author gives us his version of Jesus's life from birth onwards. he writes his own gospel and it is as valid as the ones written by people who didn't even live at the same time as Jesus and whose information was not direct knowledge. I really liked his version of Jesus's travels and his life.
the author shows Jesus as a mystic, as someone who understood far more than those around him at the time. he shows his flaws and his understanding of consciousness and love.
so in a way , it should be read by those who want to know and understand Jesus more. or those who think they know him. This author is not a Jesus hater. In taking time and energy to write this book he has shown his respect and understanding.
You may not like the author's tone at times but as you become used to his unfailing belief in what he is doing, you gain respect for his stance. I will even forgive him his opinions on some of the things I hold dear because he has written such a very interesting book.