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    DescriptionIn the introduction to this remarkable book, Mary Gordon is riding in a taxi as the driver listens to a religious broadcast, and she reflects that, though a lifelong Christian, she is at odds with many others who identify themselves as Christians. In an effort to understand whether or not she had "invented a Jesus to fulfill my own wishes," she determined to read the Gospels as literature and to study Jesus as a character. What results is a vibrantly fresh and personal journey through the Gospels, as Gordon plumbs the mysteries surrounding one of history's most central figures. In this impassioned and eye-opening book, Gordon takes us through all the fundamental stories--the Prodigal Son, the Temptation in the Desert, the parable of Lazarus, the Agony in the Garden--pondering the intense strangeness of a deity in human form, the unresolved more ambiguities, the problem posed to her as an enlightened reader by the miracle of the Resurrection. What she rediscovers--and reinterprets with her signature candor, intelligence, and straightforwardness--is a rich store of overlapping, sometimes conflicting teachings that feel both familiar and tantalizingly elusive. It is this unsolvable conundrum that rests at the heart of "Reading Jesus "and with which Gordon keeps us in thrall on every page.

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    Reading Jesus
    A Writer's Encounter with the Gospels
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mary Gordon
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 205
    Width: 151 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 381 g
    ISBN 13: 9780375424571
    ISBN 10: 0375424571

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.1
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRCM
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HRCG, HRAX
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 232
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15580
    DC22: 232
    B&T Approval Code: A13505025
    Ingram Subject Code: RY
    Libri: I-RY
    Ingram Theme: THEO/SECULR
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: REL067040, REL006040
    Abridged Dewey: 232
    B&T Approval Code: A13603200
    BISAC V2.8: REL006100, REL006710, BIO026000, BIO000000
    B&T Approval Code: P26103140
    LC classification: BT205 .G67 2009
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    27 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    MARY GORDON is the author of six novels, including The Company of Women, Final Payments, and Spending; the memoirs The Shadow Man and Circling My Mother; and a collection of short stories. She is the recipient of a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship,and the 1997 O. Henry Award for best story. She teaches at Barnard College and lives in New York City.
    Review quote
    Advance Praise for "Reading Jesus""A fresh and humane take on the Gospels. Gordon's approach is aware of, but not burdened by, doctrine. Her many insightful questions give expression to thoughts which have, for many readers and for many years, been waiting to be asked aloud." --Mark Jarman, author of "Epistles ""Gordon tackles the power and puzzle of the Christian gospels with measure and imagination, providing welcome relief for those left cold by scholarly or fundamentalist parsing . . . Her savoring of particular lines is poetic and amplifies the beauty and sometimes ambiguous challenge of the language, stories, and injunctions of the gospels." --"Publishers Weekly "Praise for "Circling My Mother""What's inspiring about "Circling My Mother "is Gordon's deeply personal portrayal of her mother . . . a woman in full belief of the love of God . . . Accompanying the author while she comes to terms with her is thrilling." --"The New York Times Book Review ""E