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This small book collects the sayings of Jesus, selected by Mr. Berry, who has contributed an essay of introduction. Here is a way of peace as described and directed by the greatest spiritual teacher in the West. This is a book of inspiration and prayerful compassion, and we may hope a ringing call to action at a time when our country and the world it once led stand at a dangerous crossroads.
Posted December 4, 2005
Berry is a prophet somewhat in the mold of Amos from the Hebrew Bible, though a bit more disarming in his challenges. His selection of Jesus-sayings on peacemaking is intriguing for what it reveals both about what Jesus said and about Berry. The book is worth the price for the introduction and the essay, 'The Burden of the Gospels,' that are included. In the introduction, Berry indicts modern Christianity: 'It seems to have remarkably little to do with the things that Jesus Christ actually taught.' In the concluding essay, he suggests that a more honest reading of the Gospels could improve the modern practice of the Christian faith.
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