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Why Jesus?: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality

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The author believes that over the past forty years movements like New Age spirituality and society's obsession with human potential have combined like a "perfect storm" to redefine for popular culture what has been for centuries the classic biblical definition of the person, work, and teaching of Jesus Christ.
In WHY JESUS?, Ravi Zacharias looks at the impact of this "storm
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Published January 25th 2012 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2012)
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Ron
Feb 26, 2012 Ron rated it did not like it
I really wanted to finish this book... but made it to page 67 (of 271 pages, not counting the Introduction or Appendix) and finally gave up. The reason I kept on going this far was that I hoped to find something on the 'next' page, that and I wanted to get my money's worth... this book is not inexpensive. But it never came. Sixty-seven pages of babble without one nugget of "truth."

I heard that Ravi Zacharias was a "good" author, and even told my friend that while we were browsing the Christianit
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Lee Harmon
Oct 20, 2012 Lee Harmon rated it liked it

This started out as a five star review! I love Ravi's writing! He's opinionated, intelligent and interesting. He seeds his discussion with fascinating, relevant stories.

Ravi challenges the truthfulness of contemporary religion—mostly, what he calls "New Spirituality"—in the early pages of his book, and promises to steer us away from mass marketed shallowness toward the Truth. Capital T. It's a noble quest.

Says Ravi, "I have followed through on my promise to pursue truth and have devoted my lif
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Anne Hamilton
Apr 23, 2015 Anne Hamilton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: names, christian
The main focus of this book is New Age spirituality as it is mediated by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra, in particular.

He looks in depth at the career of Oprah, starting with a comment I find fascinating: her name comes from a misspelling of the biblical Orpah. Would it have made a difference to Oprah's success, he asks, if she'd had another name? (Of course, I think it would have: that's the whole point of God's Poetry: The Identity and Destiny Encoded In Your Name.) He also looks at the incre
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Melanie
Jan 18, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I had expected. I am ashamed to admit this because it points out just how narrow-minded my personal, American world-view really is. When I received a review copy of this book, I thought I would be reading about how the American church has watered down and legalized the message of Christ to something unsatisfying and unpalatable. While this is part of the book, I'd say the majority of it is pointing out how Christ is the only way among many world religions and directly atta ...more
Bro
Oct 21, 2012 Bro rated it liked it
This was not one of my favorite Ravi books. I liked all the work and research on the "New Spirituality." I somehow got lost in it all even though I study these religions myself to learn how to deal better with people who believe like this. There were lots of good moments in the book. He dealt with the issues head on and called a spade a spade. I loved all that. It was harder to finish than any other of his books for me, but it was worth the effort. We all need to know these things so we know how ...more
Kelly
Jun 08, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, Zacharias presents a clear, bold, and profound analysis of this time the New Spirituality and its false claims about Jesus and the path to God. Once again, he has given me new weapons in my arsenal of defense for the gospel of Christ. The reason I didn't give this book five stars is the fact that the first couple of chapters highlight Oprah and Deepak Chopra as the peddlers of the New Spirituality, and I didn't like giving them so much attention or focus (which I have just done now, t ...more
Eric
Mar 05, 2016 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bible study teachers
Recommended to Eric by: Brandon Wolfram
The tone of this book is typical of other works by Ravi Zacharias in that it deals with heavy philosophical and theological concepts using a folksy vernacular. However, the polemical tone of Why Jesus? is elevated, perhaps because Zacharias has less patience for some of the New Spirituality gurus than for ordinary people who maybe misled or misinformed. Zacharias does a service to the church in pointing out in detail the false teachings and untenable philosophical positions of certain named guru ...more
Richard Ward
Oct 07, 2014 Richard Ward rated it it was ok
I enjoy listening to Ravi Zacharias over our local Christian radio station, or over the internet, such as at
http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/le... .
So I was expecting to both enjoy this book, and to learn a lot from it. I have to say it was mostly boring. I can't tell you one important thing I learned, and I certainly can't name a single verse of the Bible that I now understand better. I didn't disagree with anything in the book, I guess, but agreeing with the book wasn't enough to make it a
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J.S. Park
Jan 27, 2012 J.S. Park rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
This is a shortened review. For full review click here.

Summary:
Dr. Ravi Zacharias writes a searing, incisive work on the New Age movement that has invaded every facet of Western American thinking. Taking to task two well known proponents, Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra, there are no minced words as Dr. Ravi utterly upturns many of the preposterous assertions given by nebulous, exploitative, "Oneness" religion endorsed by the two celebrities. We also find that such strange religion has been endo
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Jerry Guarino
May 27, 2013 Jerry Guarino rated it liked it
Ravi Zacharias' new book, "Why Jesus? Rediscovering his Truth in an age of Mass Marketed Spirituality" makes a distinct and salient point, that is that Christianity and Jesus, provide a logical and consistent path to God. I appreciated this conclusion and the arguments he makes. However, the first 75% of the book is a detailed review of Hinduism, Buddhism and the New Spirituality crossover effect from India to western cultures. He is particularly critical of Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey, poin ...more
John
Jun 11, 2012 John rated it liked it
The subtitle to "Why Jesus?", "Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality" is certainly appropriate (although I am itching to put a hyphen between "mass" and "marketed"). Another appropriate subtitle would be: "A response to Deepak Chopra."
To Ravi Zacharias, Chopra -- and, to a lesser extent, Oprah Winfrey -- epitomizes what he refers to as "New Spirituality." Like the "New Age" movement, there is nothing new about New Spirituality. Instead, it repackages Eastern religions.
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Kristy Bryson
Dec 07, 2013 Kristy Bryson rated it liked it
Recommended to Kristy by: Brian Wood
I recommend this book mainly for the rare perspective it offers. The author, Ravi Zacharias, has a multinational Christian evangelism organization based out of Atlanta, GA. But it is his personal history that I found fascinating. His family is in the lineage of a high Hindu caste in India, but several generations ago saw them converted to Christianity. Zacharias himself was saved and began a devout Christian life in his teens. In addition to being deeply knowledgeable of the Hinduism traditions ...more
David
Oct 24, 2012 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: apologetics
(A Review...or an apology for not liking the book that much to all my friends who are Ravi fans...)

I read this book as part of a Goodreads group I am a member of. Though I finished it over a week ago, I have not been able to write a review of it because I still cannot figure out what I think. I should like it. I work in campus ministry, my desire is for people to know Jesus, I enjoy apologetics and trying to answer questions people have. Others who do the same work as I do tend to be huge fans o
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Edgar Soltero-flores
I read this book before traveling to South Korea. Zacharias' insight helped me understand eastern reliogions from a unique perspective. Zacharias grew up very religious in a certain eastern religion, so his view on Jesus coming from that life and background gave me a new way of approaching people of eastern religions. Personally I have spoken most often with Buddhist, but occasionally I will meet folks with Hindu backgrounds, so I can better understand how to hold a meaningful conversation with ...more
Maureen


I expected a lot from this book, but I was somewhat disappointed. He exposed the New Spirituality for what it is; empty and false. But he spent less time answering the question "Why Jesus?" and more time on the question of "Why NOT New Spirituality?". While I totally agree with his position on the different beliefs, he focused a lot on attacking New Spirituality proponent Deepak Chopra. I felt he showed a lot of hostility towards Chopra that will alienate a lot of people. He could have been mor
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Nathan Eckman
Oct 24, 2012 Nathan Eckman rated it liked it
Ravi Zacharias is one of the world's greatest Christian apologeticists. This book tackles the modern day thinker who ends religious arguments with, "you believe what you believe and I'll believe what I believe." It's a tough demographic to minister. Ravi offers wonderful stories and advice for rebuddling this mindset. However, I often found his thoughts being more philosophical than scripturally based. Though he presents arguments I find priceless, they're often complex or a bit wordy to be unde ...more
Deanna
This is a hard book for me to write intelligently about mostly because there is a lot for me to chew on right now as I just finished it today. I will process my thoughts a bit further and come back and put them down here. But I will say now, I do think this book was well worth my reading time. And, rating the book is extremely hard for me too. I don't think a 3 star is accurate overall but a 4 gives the impression that I understood everything (I think). So, my rating my change after I process th ...more
Daniel Diaz
Most of the book was tedious. Maybe it is because trying to answer formally to New Age spirituality kind of resembles an enlightened critique of reggaeton. With the two being examples of the shallow pop culture, the comparison does not look disproportionate. For instance, a lot of time was spent talking about Oprah :-/ Someone could say that my reasoning is true but, sadly, it is pop culture what rules the thinking of the day in the Western world, so a response was needed. That's a valid but dis ...more
Vicki
Feb 24, 2014 Vicki rated it really liked it
Ravi Zacharias' book, Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth In An Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality, responds to the ever increasing interest in Spirituality in Western Culture. Since the 6o's, Americans have become more and more enamored with Eastern philosophies such as Hinduism and Buddhism, but in the "American Way," have felt free to take bits and pieces of a myriad of belief systems, often blending them with the Christian roots that are part of our heritage.



Zacharias, a great observer of hist
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David
Apr 19, 2014 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would say a better title for this book would have been something along the lines of "A discourse of postmodern thinking and 'New Spirituality," as that is what the vast majority of the book concerns. It is the weakest of the books I have read by Zacharias, floating from topic to topic while neglecting to elucidate some of the main points he makes early in the text. I like his other work, but this one, in my opinion, is one that should probably be passed over.
Jeanne Dennis
Jul 31, 2014 Jeanne Dennis rated it it was amazing
Excerpted from my review at heritageoftruth.com/blog:

This faith-shaking or faith-affirming book (depending on your beliefs) by apologist Ravi Zacharias is subtitled Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality. Yes, false beliefs in the name of spirituality have been mass-marketed, and the results should shock the Christian church. Discerning believers have noticed, but most have remained oblivious as false religious beliefs have oozed their way past our steeples and crosses i
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Ross Blocher
Dec 24, 2014 Ross Blocher rated it it was ok
Ravi Zacharias is an apologist, and as one might expect from the title, he's going to be making a case for why you should believe in Jesus. Christianity is compared here with a number of other religions, religious figures and philosophies, but primarily Deepak Chopra, Oprah (he has fun with the rhyming there), Swami Vivekananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Hinduism in general, "The New Spirituality" (New Age), and atheism. Very little time is spent on Buddhism and Islam, and Ju ...more
Nikki
Nov 21, 2013 Nikki rated it liked it
Zacharias is one on Christianity's greatest apologists. The book is very interesting and insightful. He is quite critical of the "New Religionists", which at times was a little boring. I'm more interested in why Christianity is so wonderful and not as interested in why it's critics are wrong. And the parts of the book where he focused on just that, were wonderful!!!
Ashley
Jan 27, 2013 Ashley rated it it was ok
My boyfriend and I joined a church book discussion group. This is January's book and so far I have to say I find it to be kind of negative. I'm not getting a lot out of this spiritually yet.....maybe the second half will be a bit more engaging.

Now I've finished this and still I found little of value spiritually. I'm pretty disappointed actually.
Jacque
Feb 05, 2014 Jacque rated it liked it
I liked not loved ... I needed to see another viewpoint with the new age movement .
His tone with Oprah and Chopra are amusing at times . He could have completely left their names out of the entire book , and spoke of the falsehood within the new spirituality. Sadly I won't keep this book because real apologetic books IMO read like a text book. He had some wonderful arguments but they came across so revengeful . I don't want to read about Oprah or Chopra ! I want to read about the pantheism worl
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Denise
Jan 25, 2014 Denise rated it liked it
I am giving it 3 stars only because I was expecting more of a bible study type of book. This is my first time reading Ravi so this might be the norm for his books. The book will be good for those who want to know about countering people who follow Chopra and Oprah. But a bad book, just not what I was looking for.
Robert
Apr 28, 2013 Robert rated it liked it
This one was a bit dense. Not my favorite book by Ravi, but then again I am not overly interested in the New Age movement and some of the other new-agey stuff discussed within. The reasoning and the logic and of course the solid explanation of the Gospel and how Jesus is the answer were all spot on.
Michael Vincent
Jul 08, 2013 Michael Vincent rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Zacharias gives great information from the perspective of growing up in India and being very familiar with the "new spirituality." Argues rationally and logically with issues of truth. Very helpful for those interested in truth and apologetics and seeking God in the midst of the many options of our day.
Marion Hill
Feb 22, 2014 Marion Hill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Zacharias tackles one of the biggest themes currently in Western Spirituality. The subtitle of the book (Rediscovering His Truth In An Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality) covers a wide ground and Zacharias does an admirable job in presenting his argument for Christianity.

He explains how the New Age Movement got spiritual lineage from Eastern pantheistic religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism. The attractiveness of those religions have been craftily repackaged for Westerners who are seeking
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Cindy
Apr 09, 2013 Cindy rated it it was ok
I tried putting the book down and coming back to it several times, in hopes of seeing something that I was missing or of getting a fresh perspective. It didn't work. I couldn't see that the question of "Why Jesus?" was being answered. Ultimately I gave up and never finished the book.
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