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What made the experience of listening to The Gospel of John the most enjoyable?
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gospel of John?
"In the beginning was the word!"
Which scene was your favorite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, I've been listening a chapter at a time.
Any additional comments?
I downloaded “The Gospel of John” from audible.com a few days ago. Charlton Griffen performs (and I do mean performs) the great story, reading the Gospel aloud. I am so accustomed to hearing the Gospels read in a perfunctory, droning manner in church. The stories take on an entirely different character when they benefit from dramatic performance.
“In the beginning was the word,” is Charlton’s opening line… intoned with Shakespearian thunder.
I’m a programmer, so I think a lot about the word as the beginning of things.
“The Gospel of John” comes to me at a point in my life where I’m very receptive to hearing it again. After a long life, I’m circling back to the beginning, trying to understand once again why I believe in and honor God the Father. Not just in a pro forma sense, but with true understanding of His nature.
Dramatic reading dramatically changes the story of Christ. Griffen makes the story feel as if it is happening in the present, that it is happening to people just like me and you… struggling, confused mortals. The story of Christ has survived for thousands of years because it tells a basic truth about human experience. We are mortal. We do not want to die. We suffer. We want God to give us hope that our suffering will be redeemed.
Griffen’s performance of the Gospel will change the way you perceive this story.
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