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Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels

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In his latest work, Thomas Moore examines the Gospels. He uses a new approach based on a fresh reading of the original Greek texts, newly discovered gospels and employs psychology and archetypal studies.

In this book, Moore shows that Jesus’ teachings are challenging in a way that is far different from the moralism often associated with him.Writing in the Sand sets forth h

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Hardcover, 200 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Hay House
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Joe
Mar 28, 2010 Joe rated it really liked it
This is one powerful book. Most of us are familiar with the Gospels of the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus Christ. But for me, this little book by Thomas Moore has revealed them much more deeply. He has offered a reconsideration of the common interpretations that have been preached through organized religion for the past two thousand years. He shows us a more human Jesus whose teachings act as a guide to crating a more meaningful life. Far from the traditional moralistic view, we find a ...more
Kate Wester
Not my favorite Thomas Moore book. Lost interest halfway through.
Edward
Jan 13, 2016 Edward rated it really liked it
Why do I read so many books about religion? a friend asked me. Not for devotional reasons but because religion just seems to me an inexhaustibly interesting topic. How do humans make sense of their destiny, of what they should be trying to accomplish on earth and the best way to go about it. The great world religions may agree in general terms, but within their beliefs are many strands of interpretation.

Moore's book is about his interpretation of what he considers the basic tenets of Christianit
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CarolynKost
Jun 04, 2014 CarolynKost rated it it was amazing
Moore, a "Zen Catholic" psychotherapist, former monk, and bestselling author of Care of the Soul (Harper Collins, 1992), seeks to reveal the layers of deep spiritual truths in the teachings of Jesus that are often hidden by traditional theology. Moore contends that religiosity and the idolatry of Christ are counterproductive to the cultivation of the authentic soul and the Kingdom of God, which he describes as the internal transformation that leads one to act with love and mindfulness rather ...more
Kristi
Feb 23, 2010 Kristi rated it really liked it
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Author offers some interesting and unorthodox ways of looking at/practicing Christianity, but at times can border on sacrilege. WHile I agree with the author's premise that Jesus was a radical and came to change people's thinking, the bottom line is that He also, and most importantly, came to save us from sin, which Moore dismisses. The author offers new ways of interperting old stories, such as teh wedding at Cana and the water to wine miracle, and the Last Supper scene of Jesus'command to eat ...more
Kevin Fuller
Sep 26, 2011 Kevin Fuller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Kingdom. The thing Jesus seemingly preached the most, yet remains the elephant in the room for almost any Christian denomination. Metanoia, or a radical change of mind is the attitude of the Kingdom, and Agape the way. While we tend to focus on Heaven as remote both physically and in the temporal sense Jesus announced the Kingdom had arrived and was something available here and now, now that he had come. Again, the whole of the Law is to Love God and then yourself as your neighbor, simple ...more
Francine
Mar 12, 2014 Francine rated it it was amazing
I hardly know where to start with this book. I wish it had been one of the required texts when I trained for lay ministry. I've read a lot of Moore's work and he is just good!

I borrowed this from my public library and it was heavily marked up (ugh!). It is so worth buying and placing in your library if the topic is up your alley. The author also includes references to other major world religions and I found that extremely useful and relevant.

A careful reading yielded a couple of insights for me
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Vern
Aug 23, 2013 Vern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another superb book by Thomas Moore, one which I will reread or refer to on many I occasions.

I believe, too, that heaven is not a place but an attitude, a way of feeling and living - and of loving.

I live my life in my own certain way not to GET to heaven, but to BE in heaven - right now! And not so I can say "I'm in heaven" but because I believe it to be the way for humans to live - at least, this human.

I applaud Thomas' courage in writing this book - as well as his frank style. In a nutshell
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Dianna Woolley
I find Moore's idea of Jesus an intellectual not come to establish a church but to save humankind through his precepts of loving our neighbor, etc. to be both comforting and realistic food for thought. My thought is to believe, or orbserve that people seldom take the Son of God to be more than a poor carpenter doing miracles. How can we not believe the Son of God, if we do believe he is the sog, would be the most intellectual being to ever walk the earth? I look forward to reading further in ...more
Kenzie
Oct 20, 2015 Kenzie rated it it was amazing
I confess to creatively re-thinking what Christianity means to me. What a relief to see that Thomas Moore does as well. He bases his reading of the gospels on several key Greek words (basileia, metanoia, agape, to name a few), and as a lover of languages, I found his discussion of those words compelling.

I don't know that his soulful analysis of Christianity is consistent with a historical account, especially with the Jesus who spoke of apocalypse and judgment. I'd be interested to hear what Moo
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Tony
Oct 20, 2012 Tony rated it really liked it
Thomas Moore, the author of Caring for the Soul, writes a detailed analysis of the life and teachings of Christ. The concept of metanoia or transformation as noted in the Gospel teachings is a central theme of this psychologically based look at the life of Jesus. An interesting take.
Emma
Jan 19, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this more in the first part of the book than the end. I loved Care of the Soul and this felt like the author was reaching a little out of his area of expertise. It focuses on Jesus as wisdom teacher. I did like it though - new perspectives are always interesting.
Kurt
Jul 27, 2009 Kurt rated it really liked it
A gift for Fathers Day. The author describes himself as a Zen Catholic. Some excellent thoughts on what Jesus said and intended. He was a little more liberal in faith matters than I am, but his ideas deserve a good hearing and pondering.
Valerie
Apr 10, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing
This book gave me a new perspective on how Jesus lived and the values he lived by. Lots of friends, community, sharing meals, and compassion for the needy. It was a great read and I really enjoyed it.
Linda
Aug 29, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it
Total re-visioning of what was REALLY the intent... how words are mis-translated and/or their meaning actually devolves from the original. Very interesting concepts
Elena
Apr 22, 2012 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. A loving perspective on the gospels and some good advice on how we can truly live in the Kingdom.
Adodom
Dec 15, 2013 Adodom rated it it was amazing
Great book. I've always believed this but to see someone else write it was comforting. Good soul work here.
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Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on
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