Gospel of Jesus

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America?s favorite storyteller reads the world?s greatest story.

Garrison Keillor and Dan Johnson both grew up in the bosom of fundamentalism. Their shared love of the Bible and its stories led to this collaboration, which blends details from all the gospels into a single book-length story.

Keillor narrates the biography of this amazing man, Jesus, from the slum of Nazareth in the province of Galilee, who confounded dignitaries, healed the ...

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Overview

America’s favorite storyteller reads the world’s greatest story.

Garrison Keillor and Dan Johnson both grew up in the bosom of fundamentalism. Their shared love of the Bible and its stories led to this collaboration, which blends details from all the gospels into a single book-length story.

Keillor narrates the biography of this amazing man, Jesus, from the slum of Nazareth in the province of Galilee, who confounded dignitaries, healed the sick, and taught those who would listen. He claimed to be God, and that through his death God would graciously forgive the offenses of all who accept this. His story is the foundation from which Christianity has developed, stumbled, and evolved.

Centuries ago, early Christians listened as the Bible was read to them. This new recording continues that tradition with a conversational translation performed by America’s favorite storyteller.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It's hard to imagine a more perfect match than Garrison Keillor reading the New Testament's Gospels. The CD box boasts, "America's favorite storyteller reads the world's greatest story," and for once a product exceeds its own hype. Keillor's instantly recognizable baritone glides its way through the familiar life of Jesus, from humble beginnings in Bethlehem to an exultantly rendered resurrection in Jerusalem. Johnson's "harmonization" creates a single narrative from all four Gospel strands, blending Mark's immediacy, Matthew's concerns for law and tradition, Luke's passion for the poor, and John's mysticism into a coherent story that is rich in pathos and meaning. While traditionalists will scoff at Johnson's decision to use Tyndale House's New Living Translation, Keillor sails right through that workmanlike version's clunkier moments and adds folksy transitions between pericopes to make the recounting more seamless. (The audio employs the King James Version for those times when the Old Testament is quoted.) Listeners will invariably discover that upon hearing the New Testament read aloud-as it was intended to be-they will encounter familiar stories in fresh ways and less familiar stories for what feels like the first time. They couldn't hope to have a more gifted and companionable guide than Keillor. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598870169
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 3/16/2006
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 6 CDs, 6 hours
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

DANIEL L. JOHNSON is, among other things, a drinker of fine teas, a glider pilot, a writer, a photographer, and a physician. He reads prodigiously, has grandchildren, and lives in small-town Wisconsin.

GARRISON KEILLOR is America’s favorite storyteller. For more than 35 years, as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, he has captivated millions of listeners with his weekly News from Lake Wobegon monologues. A Prairie Home Companion is heard on hundreds of public radio stations, as well as America One, the Armed Forces Networks, Sirius Satellite Radio, and via a live audio webcast.

Keillor is also the author of several books and a frequent contributor to national publications including Time, The New Yorker, and National Geographic, in addition to writing his own syndicated column. He has been awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities. When not touring, he resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Garrison Keillor and Dan Johnson both grew up in the bosom of fundamentalism. Their shared love of the Bible and its stories led to this collaboration, which blends details from all the gospels into a single book-length story.

Keillor narrates the biography of this amazing man, Jesus, from the slum of Nazareth in the province of Galilee, who confounded dignitaries, healed the sick, and taught those who would listen. He claimed to be God, and that through his death God would graciously forgive the offenses of all who accept this. His story is the foundation from which Christianity has developed, stumbled, and evolved. Centuries ago, early Christians listened as the Bible was read to them. This new recording continues that tradition with a conversational translation performed by America’s favorite storyteller.

Unabridged; 8 hours on 7 CDs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2006

    Spiritually Enriching, Devotionally Deliberative

    I am very impressed by this recording. Mr. Keillor does an excellent job offering a quiet, serious, meditational and devotional reading of a compilation of the life and teachings of Jesus. It comes across as the reading of a great story, which of course it is, but also brings with it a depth of sincerity and seriousness, with a comfortable clarity, that results in a truly unique audio recording of a harmony of the Gospels. I believe many will find this recording deeply moving. The reading does not suffer from the all too common failing in such projects: reading too dramatically and overwrought, or reading in a sort of stuffy, stained-glass tone, both of which styles have always struck me sa off-putting and distracting the listener. Mr. Keillor's calm, warm, deliberate manner draws one into the text and that is as it should be. The recording uses the New Living Translation which works well to make possible a reverent and yet conversational tone which listeners will appreciate. Highly recommended.

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