The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth That Could Change Everything Paperback – 3 Feb 2012
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About the Author
Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is an author, speaker, activist and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. Brain has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the US and internationally.
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However, Christianity for me has always been about being good enough for heaven or being doomed to hell. And I'm sorry but I don't accept that. And that's why I don't call myself a Christian.
This book will take seekers away from the evangelistic portrayal of Christianity to a new and more encompassing understanding of why God sent his only son to pay such an awful price for our sins.
This book is much more than another attempt to get us hooked on religion. Indeed I don't think it would have too much success if that was its aims. Instead Mr McLaren uncovers what Jesus was about, what he stood for and what his vision for the world consisted of. Reading it with acceptance will take you to a new understanding of what it is to be human.
This is a fresh approach and it works.
The title seems a little too like Steve Chalke's 'Lost Message of Jesus', and I'm not keen on the title itself, using the word secret. Having said that, when you read the book, and explore the message of Jesus, historically, theologically, biblically as the book does, you could be left thinking, I wish more people new about this.
It's not an emerging church book, and will lay out for a lot of people what Brian believes about Jesus, the Gospel, and christian mission. I found it greatly inspiring and gave me an understanding of Jesus, his connection to the church, and mission throughout history, and our hope in him for holistic life and mission today.
However, this is no dry textbook. It is set of challenges to me to go away and re-read the gospels and the rest of the New Testament and do some real thinking. It will disturb the comfortable religious traditions and ways that we all have grown up with. But that is a good thing and makes faith stronger.
I am now on my second reading and by coincidence I have been finishing off Karen Armstrong's "The Battle for God". Her historical account shows us how Jesus's message has been distorted and abused over the centuries by politicians, priests, fundamentalists of all persuasions, evangelists etc. By stark contrast, Mclaren's book explores and opens up what he believes Jesus really wanted us to understand.
Sadly the vocal tele-evangelists, fundamentalists and other religious authorities are likely to condemn this book outright, fearing perhaps that the people in the pews might start to think for themselves.
I have one criticism. The book's title and cover are more suggestive of a book such as the "Da Vinci" code. Nothing could be further from the truth. Perhaps the publishers wanted a more eye-catching title than some of McLaren's earlier works!
My reservations focus upon the author's apparent suggestion that his insights are in some way new. Perhaps, given his status as an evangelical writer and preacher, he is reluctant to admit it, but he says nothing that 'liberal' Christian thinkers have not argued for many decades.
I am also a little irritated that McLaren (like the Fundamentalists he decries) ignores Biblical scholarship by accepting that Jesus said the words attributed to him in the Gospels.I get the feeling that within McLaren is a Christian 'liberal' struggling to come out.
Still, despite my criticisms, the book is a worthy read. Evangelicals will (I hope) find it an eye-opener. Other Christians will be pleasantly surprised at how far some evangelical teachers have come in their appreciation of the life and teaching of Jesus.
Overall, I enjoyed the Book and found it useful and inspiring.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Large parts of the book were unreadable due to sections being covered in highlighting pen and other markersPublished 18 months ago by Darryl khan
A very interesting book with plenty of food for thought. Well worth reading. If one is struggling at all with the Bible then read this to understand the message more clearly.Published 22 months ago by Nina
Very interesting book and easy read intellectually but challenging for life! Kingdom of God theology which potentially offers a fresh way of thinking about Jesus- depending on your... Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2013 by Miss J M casey
As usual Brian McLaren swings a curved ball.
I love the challenge and the way he thinks, but got a bit fed up with the repeating title throughout. Read more
This is very easy and enjoyable to read, while at the same time putting forward interesting ideas, backed up with texts and references. I find it very compelling.Published on 14 Feb. 2013 by M. Pinch
This book focusses on what Jesus set and did, set against the cultural of his day. By careful analysis, it reveals the revolutionary nature of his life and teaching and shows how... Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2010 by Dr. N. Reid