The Heart of Christianity

  • by Marcus J. Borg
  • Narrated by John Pruden
  • 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

World-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus J. Borg shows how we can live passionately as Christians in today's world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith.
For the millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith, Borg shows why the Christian life can remain a transforming relationship with God. Emphasizing the critical role of daily practice in living the Christian life, he explores how prayer, worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage, and more can be experienced as authentically life-giving practices.
Borg reclaims terms and ideas once thought to be the sole province of evangelicals and fundamentalists: he shows that terms such as "born again" have real meaning for all Christians; that the "Kingdom of God" is not a bulwark against secularism but is a means of transforming society into a world that values justice and love; and that the Christian life is essentially about opening one's heart to God and to others.

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book worth rediscovering for both head and heart

This is another example of a book I had on my shelves for years but might never have read if Audible hadn't featured it in a sale. I listened to it in two sessions: It's very accessible, yet very rich, and still holds up 8 years after initial publication. It would be well worth a full credit.

Borg synthesizes other, more in-depth work (which made for more dense listening/reading) into a more pastoral format. "Heart" for him is what is most central and alive, the driving force deeper than intellect -- It gives Christianity transformative power. And it's so good to hear a Jesus Seminar scholar who still speaks so positively about mainline Christianity, one that satisfies both "head and heart." Borg makes a case for emerging Christianity (Did he coin the term in this book?), but he does not denigrate anyone who does not agree with all or any of his views - His is a very respectful, welcoming stance, so I think the listen could appeal even to traditionalists who just want to understand the "other" paradigm for being Christian today. The open hands on the book cover are a perfect illustration of the content.

The narration is better than most similar nonfiction-- Narrators seem to be challenged in finding the right note in books on spirituality, but this one is easy on the ears.
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- connie

Finding Christianity Agan

What made the experience of listening to The Heart of Christianity the most enjoyable?

I always feel with Borg that I am being introduced to what I believe all over again.


What other book might you compare The Heart of Christianity to and why?

I liked Cahill's Desire of the Everlasting Hills, but Borg is even better. In fact, I would recommend both, Cahill first.


Which character – as performed by John Pruden – was your favorite?

Nonfiction books don't have main characters.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

More thrilling and honest than Dan Brown's works.


Any additional comments?

Believer and nonbeliever will find this book enlightening.

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- Harold

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio