Monday, March 19, 2012

Why Jesus? by Ravi Zacharias

We all have deep spiritual hunger. We long to escape the world around us and have peace within. We are offered a spiritual smorgasbord. Ravi reviews the most popular forms of the New Spirituality and their marketing techniques. He reveals their underlying worldviews. He then looks at the message of Jesus, the one and only hope for mankind.
He notes that New Age Spirituality has displaced inductive reasoning with personalized mystical revelation as the basis for truth. (30) He reviews the impact of Oprah and Chopra, including their spiritual journeys and their success. He reveals the eastern roots of the “new” Western Spirituality, identifying the Hindu and Buddhist links, and describes the designers of the east to west movement. He addresses the “...bizarre twists of truth offered by proponents of the New Spirituality.” (230)
He explains how the west lost its way and stumbled into the New Spirituality. He reveals the decline of the Word, the Son, and Truth. He also shows how many have reshaped Jesus to suit our prejudices.

The is a great book for people wanting to understand the successful offerings of spirituality by people like Oprah and Chopra. Ravi was born in India and from that background is able to clearly explain the eastern basis for their spirituality. He also includes evaluations of authors like Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, and Elizabeth Lesser.
This book would be helpful in approaching those who have been leaning toward any of the New Spirituality gurus.
Ravi's conclusion is that spirituality is not enough. We need Jesus.

Ravi Zacharias is the founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of many books and has a weekly radio program. Ravi and his wife have three grown children and live in Alpharetta, Georgia.

FaithWords, 281 pages.  You can read an excerpt here at the publisher's product page.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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