• The Truth and Beauty

  • How the Lives and Works of England's Greatest Poets Point the Way to a Deeper Understanding of the Words of Jesus
  • By: Andrew Klavan
  • Narrated by: Andrew Klavan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (759 ratings)

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Follow Andrew Klavan to a deeper, richer understanding of the words of Jesus.

Andrew Klavan believed what he read in the Gospels, but he often struggled to understand what Jesus really meant. So he began a journey of wrestling with the beautiful and often strange words of Jesus.

He learned Greek in order to read the Gospels in their original languages, and he vowed to set aside any preconceptions about what the Scriptures say. But it wasn't until he began exploring how some of history's greatest writers wrestled with the same issues we confront today—political upheaval, rejection of social norms, growing disbelief in God—that he found a new way of understanding what Jesus meant.

In The Truth and Beauty, Klavan combines a decades-long writing career with a lifetime of reading to discover a fresh understanding of the Gospels. By reading the words of Jesus through the life and work of writers such as William Wordsworth and John Keats, Mary Shelley and Samuel Taylor Coleridge—the English romantics—Klavan discovered a way to encounter Jesus in a deeper and more profound way than ever before.

For people seeking to find renewed meaning in the words of Jesus—and for those who are striving for belief in a materialistic world—The Truth and Beauty offers an intimate account of one man's struggle to understand the Gospels in all their strangeness, and so find his way to a life that is, as he says, "the most creative, the most joyful, and surely the most true."

©2022 Andrew Klavan (P)2022 Zondervan

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Keep writing non-fiction AK

I’ve been an Klavan fan for several years now. I find him not only to have a knack for “articulating with elegance the truths the average joe already knows in his heart” (paraphrasing the quote) but he’s able to bridge the gap between rational, philosophical, and spiritual thinking in an original way that is truly interesting. As with all of Andrew Klavan’s writings and talks, it takes several listens to fully absorb. I’ve just finished my 1st read through and I highly recommend this work.

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Beyond know the philosophy of the Jesus, knowing Jesus the man

This is an excellent book. Like every other book written by Andrew Klavan this book is beautiful and captivating. Klavan explains the gospels from the perspective of art and poetry in an attempt to relate to and understand who Jesus is and not just what Jesus’ philosophy is. Klavan helped to put together some of the more complex and confusing aspects of Christianity. Essentially, Andrew Klavan has taken C.S. Lewis’s concept of “mere Christianity” and gone deeper and more personal with Christ, allowing the reader to see the perfect and logical beauty of God.

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Excellent

Klavan’s angle of getting to know Christ and who he was as a person illuminated many of the teachings of Christ by putting them in a new perspective. I really enjoyed the comparison of Christ’s teachings and the meaning behind them to the way every life has meaning through its existence. We are all co-creators in life through our words and actions.

The reason we strive to live like Christ is because his life was the example.

Klavan’s reading was also really well done.

Thanks for writing and reading this book!

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The truth is, this is a beautiful book

I just finished listening to the audible version, and now I am going to buy the hardcover-
I’ve never bought a book twice. That’s how much I value this one.
The truth is the writing flows easily, but it’s so dense with insights and beauty that I want the hardcover so I can properly drink it all in at a slower pace.

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  • JM
  • 04-12-22

A must read

This is an incredibly important book for anyone who is a thinker, a questioner, or a seeker. Whatever your belief system, challenge yourself to read this, carefully, with a totally open mind. Then pick it up and read it again every few years. It's one of those books that will reveal itself in layers.

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A Prism to See Truth in Beauty

Mr. Klavan brings forth engaging stories of the poets and their works and connects the profound meaning they were grasping for in depicting Beauty, and shows how Truth both undergirds and anchors reality in and through the person of Jesus Christ. I am enriched for having heard Mr. Klavan share this excellent presentation of his personal experience in knowing God through Christ and how all truth and beauty points to the Reality we all share in.

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This is an extraordinary book!

It is really interesting to read about the lives of those English writers and their philosophies. But this book is so much more than that. It gives you a perspective about the world that most likely you would not otherwise have. And it gives you a perspective about Jesus, his life, and his words that you might not otherwise have.

And I am all the better for it.

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WOW

Loved it, cannot wait to listen again. Thank you Andrew. You gave my soul a gift

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Powerful and moving

A description of the works of some of England's greatest authors and how it reveals Christ to a world gone mad.

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A Beautiful Rendition of the Gospel Truth

I loved every part of this book. It truly felt like sitting on the back porch sharing stories, sharing poetry and ideas, and debating how the truths and inspiration that make the great works of literature great and relatable, are really the truth of all truths, which is the story of the Gospels, the story and life of Jesus the Christ, God come to live with us, the Word become flesh.

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  • Ioana Azamfirei
  • 08-16-22

truthfully a beautiful book

I loved this book, and I think I will listen to it again and again, as its depth of truth needs further exploring.

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  • Tsavo West
  • 05-01-22

I didn't want it to end

The author, Andrew Klavan, reads his book very well. The pacing is excellent, the ideas enlightening. My only criticism is that I wish it were longer, which is no real criticism at all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-22

Loved it!

I found this thoroughly engaging. A truly uplifting and inspiring message, told poetically throughout. Loved it!

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  • Shaz Ginns
  • 04-12-22

An interesting literary investigation toward a deeper understanding of the gospels.

Such an easy read, incorporating historical events and interesting literary figures to attain a deeper understanding of the One we call Jesus and the words and stories attributed to the Word made flesh.