• Freeing Jesus

  • Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence
  • By: Diana Butler Bass
  • Narrated by: Diana Butler Bass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The award-winning author of Grateful goes beyond the culture wars to offer a refreshing take on the comprehensive, multi-faceted nature of Jesus, keeping his teachings relevant and alive in our daily lives.

How can you still be a Christian?

This is the most common question Diana Butler Bass is asked today. It is a question that many believers ponder as they wrestle with disappointment and disillusionment in their church and its leadership. But while many Christians have left their churches, they cannot leave their faith behind. 

In Freeing Jesus, Bass challenges the idea that Jesus can only be understood in static, one-dimensional ways and asks us to instead consider a life where Jesus grows with us and helps us through life’s challenges in several capacities: as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence. 

Freeing Jesus is an invitation to leave the religious wars behind and rediscover Jesus in all his many manifestations, to experience Jesus beyond the narrow confines we have built around him. It renews our hope in faith and worship at a time when we need it most.

©2021 Diana Butler Bass (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Exquisite writing! Honest, Intelligent, Healing.

Whether you are a person who wants to explore the person of Jesus in a deeper way, or whether you have been hurt by institutional Christianity and unhelpful ways of understanding the person of Jesus, you may find this new book, “Freeing Jesus” by respected author Diana Butler Bass to be a safe guide for exploring anew, for finding personal spiritual freedom and for freeing Jesus himself from cultural-religious perspectives that have hindered full understanding and expression in our world today.

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Great Book

Freeing Jesus describes many of the pauses and pondering of my own “spiritual Jesus” and renewed understanding of Jesus. Thank you for this book!

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Authentic, Transparent, Marvelous !

Ms. Bass tells a story that if your Christian will relate to your own life at at least one juncture. Her skill in retelling memories with important experiences that shaped her faith gives the book a relevancy to any God seeker. She embodies the American Protestant then Evangelical, then Orthodoxy and finally Freedom that Jesus promises. This book is a must for those who may be struggling with faith and those wanting to find camaraderie in a life seeking truth at any cost. As a man who has seen through the traditional patriarchal injustices and damage to the wholeness and wholesomeness that God’s love intends. I appreciate that this book is important for men to understand and direct hope for those people who are women and those who are non-white that their voice has always mattered to God and the world is finally noticing too. It all matters. Jesus is laughing with joy ! <3

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Beautiful!

This is a beautiful book! Thank you to the author for searching your heart and Christ everywhere. Thank you for placing words to what I already know but at times seem to loose the words to describe. Spiritual/theological memoir is a term I needed to know.

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Best book I’ve read perhaps ever in the realm of Christianity and religion

Life changing and wonderful to listen to the experience within her soulfully crafted book. Thank you for writing this book DBB!

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Outstanding

I’ve always enjoyed the writing of Diana Butler Bass. But this is extraordinary, compelling, and speaks to the experience of so many people. I’m grateful these words are in the world.

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I love this book very much. Many questions have been answered. Thanks for this book.

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Wonderful and Insightful!

Hearing Diana Butler Bass share her faith journey took me back into my own. Her thoughtful and often humorous account helped me to embrace the Jesuses I have known, the ones I am meeting now and appreciate each and every experience along the way.
The act of “Freeing Jesus” is now a regular part of my personal liturgy!
I will certainly listen again and again!

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A Full Account of Finding Jesus(es)

What a fresh look through the eyes and the words of a gifted writer about her journey to explore Jesus and to find as many full living, breathing, beings and dimensions of the man whose teachings still provide a model for what the best of humanity can look like and one who was never afraid to call out and cast out the worst”demons” in us.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

A spiritual journey that I can relate to in my own life. There is comfort in knowing that I am not alone!

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