Walking on Sunshine

John Powell – The Christian Vision – 2010/DNF

The Back of the Book: Belief in Jesus offers what psychologists can never provide:  a master vision.  Jesus himself said that if we would accept and live his message, if we would make his vision our own, we would become the fully alive branches of his life-giving vine.  The person and vision of Jesus are the truth that sets us free from the inner tyrants that torment us.

In The Christian Vision, John Powell describes the joy-filled and liberating master vision of Jesus, as he understands it.  He explores in detail the attitudes that underlie this vision – attitudes that shape and govern our perception of self, others, the world, God, suffering, the Church, and the will of God.  He shows how our attitudes determine the nature of our experiences and make life happy or unhappy, pleasurable or painful.

Powell states:  ‘Of this one thing I am certain:  To the extent that you and I truly understand and live the vision of Jesus, we will be that much more free to live, to love, to grow, and to experience the fullness of life that Jesus holds out to us.’

NotJustLaura’s Review: I abandoned this book after the first could of chapters.  I don’t generally find the concepts of cognitive behavioural therapy helpful and, indeed, find the idea of ‘being told what to think’ sinister.  So, when I realised that track this book was taking, I knew it wasn’t for me.


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