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I really have profited from Marcus Borg's work over the years. His earlier work had plenty of verve and vivacity. I really wanted to like this book as he reflected on some of the theological themes and issues that shaped his life.
However ... in the past years I have thought Borg is simply rehashing ideas, concepts and issues that he has treated well in the past. I really wanted to like this book, but in the end found it a little disappointing, as he didn't break any new ground.
The reader was fine, but unmemorable and often s/he can really lift a book from the page. Not this time though.
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For the contemporary Christian who wants to follow Jesus and move onward.
If you are are a progressive Christian following the path of Jesus, this author will confirm your convictions.
But convictions are not as important as leading your life from your conscience and this conscience is formed throughout our lifetime.
I remember as a young girl that the Catholic Church declared you at the "age of reason" when you turned 7 years of age. To me that meant that I had to pay attention to my faults and my sins. One of the biggest impediments is guilt, when guilt lingers it blocks all avenues of human and God's love.
So instead of developing into the person that God intended me to become, I was developing according to the rules of the Catholic Church and not realizing that I was born in the image of God which is love.
After all I had to practice humility, a very big thing in Catholicism but never fully explained in the sense that all is grace. After all we can't think like the protestants can we? Justification by grace through faith.
This belief system was pretty much what I lived until in my early 30's I had a very spiritual experience that turned my life around. Turned it around in the right direction but 30 years of the Catholic Church's teachings on morality etc didn't change me overnight. I had to work at examining my life all over again and even to this day I have not completed this task, it is eternal.
Marcus Borg shares with us his 70 years of following the Lutheran Church, his parents convictions, his mentors etc. Coming full circle back to himself and his relationship with Jesus.
Marcus Borg delivers his message simply and with conviction. He has found his place in the order of things and gives the reader or in my case the listener a push to keep on going, to keep looking inward and not outward.
To finally come home to oneself and move forward with hope, conviction and above all else love.