Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality  -     By: Ravi Zacharias
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Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality

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We see it everywhere. From musicians and movie stars, to neighbors and friends at work, people are interested in having a spiritual life, but treat faith more like an à la carte menu at a restaurant, choosing what they like and dismissing the rest. Epitomized by popular figures like Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra, Western culture has embraced a spirituality devoid of the Biblical Christ.

In Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Market Spirituality, Ravi Zacharias explores how this "New Spirituality" emerged. Looking at popular culture and contemporary writers and philosophers in this dialogue, Ravi evaluates their claims through the lens of four key elements--Truth, Relevance, Faith, and Reason, to show how relativism cannot answer the spiritual hunger in our hearts.

Rediscover the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and how His resurrection is the most important argument for the exclusive claims of Christianity.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0892963190
ISBN-13: 9780892963195
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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" by discussing the 60s-70s "Age of Aquarius," actor Shirley MacLaine's book and TV series Out On a Limb, author James Redfield (The Celestine Prophecy), Rhonda Byrne (The Secret), Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code), and other books by Eckart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, the Dali Lama, and Marianne Williamson. Special attention will be given to the influence of Oprah Winfrey's media platform in reshaping society by introducing and promoting certain books and authors.

Major new age and human potential tenets will be discussed like: the belief that we are all gods and have to discover our divinity; Jesus was only a good teacher; Christianity is but one among many ways to eternal life; reincarnation is real; Jesus was married; truth is relative; there is no sin; and perfection is possible.

The truth of and the arguments for the bodily resurrection of Jesus will be presented as the most important argument for the exclusive claims about Jesus and Christianity.

Author Bio

Ravi Zacharias is the founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children.

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In Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality, Ravi Zacharias discusses the philosophies of New Spirituality and compares them to those of Christianity. He explores the process of how the Western world has become fascinated with New Spirituality and explains its Eastern roots in Hinduism and Buddhism. He delves into the lives and ideas of New Spirituality supporters such as Oprah and Deepak Chopra. Finally, he discusses ways that Christianity is a better choice than New Spirituality.

In Zacharias' introduction to the book, he says that "it is hard to imagine a culture more gullible than that of America today, priding itself on being a culture that is willing to absorb anything indiscriminately." This direct approach reflects his style throughout the book. Later in the book, he cites a desire for "readers to be brutally honest with themselves" as the reason for his bluntness. Zacharia' research and knowledge on the topics are obvious, as is his passion. Additionally, his up-to-date analogies offer a freshness to his writing and set Why Jesus? apart from other books on the subject.

In Luke 4, Jesus proclaims that He is the fulfillment to the following prophecy: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the LordÂ’s favor." Why Jesus? supports this message, presenting evidence that the Jesus of Scripture is the real Messiah and is the one who holds the answers to the world's questions.

As a trustworthy Christian apologist and writer, Zacharias is well-qualified to write this book. Why Jesus? is not light reading, but Zacharias' insights are extremely valuable, especially for those who want to know more about New Spirituality or who have an interest in apologetics. Ruth Anne Burrell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

"Ravi Zacharias gives a powerful defence of how Jesus Christ brings meaning and hope to an individual life."—Billy Graham
"Ravi takes a scholarly yet imaginative approach to aplogetics."—Bruce Wilkinson, author of the #1 "New York Times" bestseller The Prayer of Jabez
"The works of Ravi Zacharias are a vital resource around our house."—Frank Peretti
"I am not aquainted with a brighter mind or a more relevant and devoted defender of the faith than Ravi Zacharias."—Charles Swindoll
"To every generation God sends a prophet. Ravi Zacharias is that prophet for this generation. You must hear him."—Josh McDowell
"Ravi Zacharias presents an outstanding defence of the Christian faith for our times."
R.C. Sproul

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  1. Mr Ron
    Yelm, WA
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    well done study on the uniqueness of Christ
    December 2, 2013
    Mr Ron
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
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    In reply to those who say Ravi is criticizing other religions I just want to say that I have been reading and listening to Ravi since 1994 and I must say that Ravi goes out of his way to avoid coming across as criticizing. Some people cannot separate telling the truth from criticizing. Ravi shows where all the religions in the world fail in their answers to the great subject of salvation from sin. This is not criticism. When the proponents of those religions are given the floor they have no answers. no truth.
  2. Pilgrim
    Ketchikan, Alaska
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    So much more than I expected.
    November 10, 2013
    Pilgrim
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    I was almost 2/3 of the way through the book before very much was said about Jesus. This book has given me a clearer understanding of the New Spirituality, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and the uniqueness of Jesus and what he offers in contrast. I am impressed with Mr. Zacharias' authority on these things as his knowledge comes from careful study of a wide range of religions and his personal experiences as a youth in India and now his wide engagement with other cultures and diverse groups of people. I must admit that I needed to have a dictionary close by to more fully grasp what he was talking about! I highly recommend the book to others.
  3. discipleinprogress
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    Disappointing
    July 24, 2013
    discipleinprogress
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    Although I agree with several of the author's key points, I find his style of writing to be hard to follow and illogical. More importantly, he criticizes other religions for sins that the Christian church has also committed and thus comes across as hypocritical. There are several points where he hints at what we Christians (and not just Oprah) have done to turn people away from Christ rather than draw them in - but instead of developing these thoughts, he goes back to bashing others. Every once in a while I get a glimpse of humility in his writing, but I am afraid his fame has "gone to his head".
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    excellently written by one of today's deepest thinkers. Will recommend to anyone who wishes insight into the world's

    false teachers who came after Jesus , to steal His word.
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    kmckin
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    This book contains an abundance of information, but most of it is about Eastern philosophies and religions. All "must know" information, but I was hoping to gain more insight and information about Christ and Christianity today.
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