• The Wisdom Jesus

  • Transforming Heart and Mind - A New Perspective on Christ and His Message
  • By: Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Narrated by: Jo Howarth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (774 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault is a masterful guide to Jesus' vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teachings for yourself.

©2008 Cynthia Bourgeault (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Pantheism/ Not at all Christian

This book is deceptive and weaselly and denies the sovereignty of God and acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as the One true savior. It is deeply, incredibly concerning how the author relies on her own/worldly knowledge and wrongfully teaches the messages of the Bible. Disgraceful that this kind of doctrine has snaked its way into the church. God help us.

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I I I all about the author

I was looking to increase my faith and found that it was a story about one person's journey through several religious brands and her interpretation of Jesus. A lecture from a woke ivory tower professor.

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Back to the roots

Christian theology and worship, particularly among evangelicals, is often based on bizarre interpretations of a great teacher who would have been appalled by how his core messages of love, compassion and empathy have become so twisted and lost. Bourgeault’s refreshingly brilliant book challenges us to contemplate the words of Jesus. A unique perspective, worth reading more than once.

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One of the best, if not THE BEST

This is possibly the best book about Jesus I have been privy to in my 42 years around the sun thus far. I cannot recommend this highly enough. Praise you Cynthia. Thank you.

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Amazing

So much of what is taught in this book I have been experiencing, but no one was sharing this. I really benefited from Chapter 15 and will listen to that again and again. I finally feel unstuck and encouraged and validated. So thankful.

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An Excellent View Point

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes this was an excellent book on the topic of transforming the heart through the eyes of the Christian point of view. I totally appreciated how the author presented her points without being ultra pious or not appreciating that other religious traditions are equally valid.

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I believe that this is one of those books that deserves to be listened to at least three times as the information is rich and much can be missed with only one listening. A total pleasure each time I listened. Very worthwhile.

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Awesome read

I'll have to re-read it in the future once I have integrated what I was able to glean in this first reading.

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This book has helped me on my spiritual path!!!😀

I will continue to listen and take notes. my journey is long,and it will be difficult. This book is helping me clean out my mind.

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Powerful reading for all who seek the Christ

Would you listen to The Wisdom Jesus again? Why?

I have listened to The Wisdom Jesus 3 times. It has broadened my perspective and I have learned a lot. A must-read for every open-minded Christian. This deepened my faith.

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There are Christians who think that Christianity is just about believing the right things about Jesus - but that is not what Jesus calls us to do. Jesus calls us to "put on the mind of Christ " and be transformed. This book resonates with deep truths fromwithin the heart.

What does Jo Howarth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I also bought the book, but I do not have as much time to read - so I listen in my car.
I do also love Jo Howarth's delivery.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is a book to be "chewed and digested" not swallowed whole.

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Outstanding

Outstanding in all respects and would like on web or otherwise other material to delve into so I can continue with the process initiated here.

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  • 05-03-16

This book really resonated with me

What made the experience of listening to The Wisdom Jesus the most enjoyable?

While some of the content was quite challenging to orthodox Christianity as it is now, I found that much of what the author was saying resonated with me, made a lot of sense and ultimately made me feel much closer to and more comfortable with Jesus. Jesus came here to be our teacher and many of his most important lessons have been misinterpreted, overlooked or deliberately skewed to suit the ends of those that came later and set up Christianity as we now know it and this turned me away from the church for many years. However, books like this one seek to find the real Jesus, the real teaching and the true meaning of his life and death and resurrection. Follow and get to know the man and let him live in your heart and leave behind the the constrained practices, rules and regulations that have been built up around his name over the last 2000 years.

What other book might you compare The Wisdom Jesus to, and why?

So far, I have never read any other book like this one.

What does Jo Howarth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration was gentle and easy to listen to and I did not tire of hearing Jo's voice.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If you thought you knew Jesus, think again. See Jesus with new vision in this thought provoking book by Cynthia Bourgeault.

Any additional comments?

This is a book that I will listen to again many times and I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

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  • Paul hunting
  • 09-23-15

The Wisdom Jesus

If you are a regular church attendee and are happy with the order of service in your church then perhaps this book is not for you.
If however you are looking for a deeper meaning to Christian worship a more profound meaning to the teaching of the gospel then this book is perhaps what you have been looking for.
The author challenges long held and sometimes ignorant beliefs with a new perspective on the Christian message. She says our great mistake is looking at Christ and his life with 20/20 hindsight and thinking that because we were brought up in the Christian tradition we know everything there is to know.
If this is you then think again and listen to this profound and interesting book. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-21

Total headnip, education was wasted in this author. She could of just said don’t be too egotistical. Stopped as ears were bless

Worst book I’ve read in years, couldn’t finish it.
What a waste of a life

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  • Nick George
  • 05-06-21

A much needed book for my continual learning.

This book strengthened my belief that my Soul is far beyond the need of my protection, but my mind is not. Jesus is the teacher of the ego.

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  • scott
  • 09-19-21

Based on fake Gospels

Immediately it mentioned the Gospel of Thomas so alarm bells rang, it’s spiritual nonsense!
It’s basically based on non canonical catholic gospels, written by a female priest, it’s got marine serpent spirit written all over it

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  • Alex
  • 08-17-21

Awesome introduction to a new perspective on Jesus

Great introduction to seeing Jesus as a wisdom teacher together with some great practices that will definitely help you embody Christ at a deeper level.

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  • Corinne
  • 01-22-21

Life changing

This book is so beautiful and inspiring. It brings us back to who Jesus really was without all the cultural baggage!

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  • david joshua
  • 12-14-21

Wow!

As a western raised in a non religious christian society, I had no idea of the teachings of Christ without the dogma.

If anything, I was anti-Christ due to the connotations of ‘Jesus saves’.

Reading Jesus as a wisdom master was a revelation. I now understand him as an equal to Buddha and Lao Tzu - rather than a divisive figure who founded an outdated church based on superstition and control.

Awesome book. 10/10 recommend.

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  • deb jowsey
  • 09-27-21

Great book Well read

Cynthias knowledge and insight into the wisdom Jesus are exciting and thought provoking. There are many gems to discover. I have this as a physical book but found Jo Howarth does an excellent job of reading and it very much enhanced the flow. It felt as though Cynthia was talking to me. I highly recommend the audiobook version of this

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  • Dr. John P. O'Dwyer
  • 04-20-22

beautiful

A book that was beautiful in its indpired simplicity, humility, ecumenical and openness. loved it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-22

Opens heart and mind

Great perspective on how to view Jesus' teachings and resurrection and exercises to open reader to experience God in the present moment

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-08-21

This book might be lost on me

I found it quite a challenging book to get through. I thought I would like it but the concepts might be lost on me.

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  • Marita
  • 09-27-19

Very nourishing

I enjoyed every word of this book. Full of wisdom. The book leaves aside 20 centuries of dogma and goes for the real message of Jesus. I'll be reading it again just to remind myself. It's a must read for anyone who feels even slightly dissatisfied with their own understanding of Christ's message and reason for incarnating. Don't just follow the dogma, find out for yourself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-18

Just what I needed as a companion to the written book

Can anyone tell me if her audio book chanting the psalms has any actual chants on it?
The sample was only the spoken word.