The Truth and Beauty By Andrew Klavan

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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

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Book/Novel Author: Andrew Klavan

Book/Novel Title: The Truth and Beauty

 

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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 readers 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.”
Andrew is not only a great writer, but has great insight in expounding some principles we often easily forget. In The Truth and Beauty he presents Christ in his simplified form, though with the context of Christianity now. I will buy more copies for my family.
As a fan of this man, I first read “A Great Good Thing.” It’s now on my Favorites List. It didn’t seem possible that “The Truth and Beauty” could live up to my estimation of the first book, but it has. It is simply different. As I instinctively knew would happen, Part 3 is my personal favorite. Less of the poets and more of Andrew Klavan. ~ As a Christian of 60 years, it’s not often I run across new ideas that enlighten, ideas worth preserving, but this book has them – like a delicious food I’ve never tried and now must add to my diet. But, it’s not only a book for those professing Christianity. It’s also a book for those who want to understand the hype of Jesus. Why do people love or hate him so? Why are people willing to die for their faith? I don’t know if Mr. Klavan set out to answer that question, but, in my mind at least, he did. I’ve taken the book in short segments. There’s a lot to digest. (I eat slowly, too, chewing a lot.)
This is a book all should read. Its insight and novel approach is eye-opening. It should not only be read, but re-read many times.

This book is a wonderful read! The insight of seeing Literature and Jesus’ teachings together is beautiful!
As always Andrew thinks of things that very few people have thought of. This book gives you more insights and the meaning of Christ.

 

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