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Look I am a born again Christian who loves to read inspirational books about faith. I also like any good book that is challenging and intelligent and cerebral. I absolutely LOVE BETH MOORE. But this book is kinda slow and boring. If you have a very good working knowledge of the bible, and primarily the gospels, then this book may be too elementary for you. Yes, Beth does have a very warm way of bringing the listener in, but Im not a mushy gushy woman. If you are a mushy emotional woman who wants to get into the head of some of the gospel authors then this will probably be a good fit for you. If however you are a bras tax, show me a formula and a reason for the system type, then this book will bore you also. It was sweet and fine for a lot of people, just not for me.
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I agree with the earlier review - I had trouble staying with this one.
One thing I do like about this work is that she definitely comes down on the side of the Beloved Disciple being John, rather than some otherwise unknown disciple as many NT scholars seem to think. This allows her to add some depth to his character and what was behind his writing.
It becomes something of a liability for Ms. Moore, however, as she spends almost half of the book talking about the Life of Jesus before she actually gets into John's Gospel. That may be okay for some people, but you just need to understand that this is not a serious commentary on the Gospel itself.
She seems to be writing in a daily journal and sharing her thoughts with the reader. Again, that's fine if it's what you're looking for. But frankly I don't care if she's having a bad day when she's writing a particular passage or not, and I don't care if she's so excited about what she's writing that she is standing up while she's typing.
And I'm really not interested in her life or her experiences or the struggles she has had to endure personally. I just wanted some insight into John's Gospel, and there wasn't nearly enough of that in this book.
If you want something that's touchy-feely, that makes you feel like you're spending time with an imaginary friend over a cup of chamomile tea, then this book may be for you. Otherwise, you'll be disappointed.
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