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The River of Life: Where Liberal and Conservative Christianity Meet (edição: 2014)

de Lee Harmon

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Twice before Lee Harmon has written about Christian topics, once on the gospel of John and once on the book of Revelation. But the question people keep asking him is this: As a liberal Christian, why do you care so much about the Bible? Others wonder whether he is truly a Christian at all. Lee finds that both conservative and liberal Christians often have this type of attitude toward one another, and so he sets out not to propose a compromise, but to seek understanding. He writes as a liberal Christian, explaining what Jesus means to him and why he finds the Bible fascinating and ven essential. This is a book that expresses a vigorous spiritual view, but which does so for the purpose of inviting conversation and understanding. Perhaps those of us who are in different streams of Christian thought need to consider that others also have something to contribute, that their disagreements with us do not represent apostasy or heresy but rather their unique and valuable experience of God.… (mais)
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Título:The River of Life: Where Liberal and Conservative Christianity Meet
Autores:Lee Harmon
Informação:Energion Publications (2014), Kindle Edition, 85 pages
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The River of Life: Where Liberal and Conservative Christianity Meet de Lee Harmon

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Christian writer Lee Harmon releases his third eye opening book, “The River of Life: Where Liberal and Conservative Christianity Meet”. In this concise booklet, Harmon tackles subjects such as heaven and hell, the second coming, faith, and more. And it’s definitely not what you think! His previous books, “Revelation: The Way It Happened” and “John’s Gospel: The Way It Happened” are referred to in “The River of Life” and it’s recommended that they are read to get a much better understanding and foundation of where Harmon is coming from in this third release.

In a past review, I’ve described Harmon’s work as a breath of fresh air. I feel that this description exactly fits all of his books as they’re a welcome break from the typical ‘don’t do this’ and ‘you better do that’ format of Christianity. Instead, religious parameters are broken while bringing together all members of the faith. The pages bring hope and relief to the frustrated faithful – those struggling with the myriad of questions which come from differing liberal vs conservative interpretations. And Harmon’s explanations just make sense.

In “The River of Life”, Harmon eloquently expounds on the most popularly argued subjects among Christian sects. Despite its short length – 84 pages – he covers a great deal of ground, justifies his reasoning with ample scriptural references, and organizes everything in such a way that the book flows easily from one topic to the next. Written in a non-confrontational, open minded style, the book poses thought provoking Biblical interpretations and follows through with well-rounded discussions, conclusions, and some pretty profound statements which pull everything together. For example, when discussing the subject of the life after death, Harmon finishes out his chapter with, “Our emphasis as Christians should not be for eternity, but for today. Afterlife-oriented Christians who live with their faces tilted heavenward dreaming of being whisked away from their troubles are missing the point of what it means to be a Christian.” Wow.

If you’ve ever struggled with the goal of being a ‘good Christian’ yet find it hard to balance the guilt of never measuring up, the fear of eternal damnation, and the constant propensity to trip off that ‘narrow path’, “The River of Life” is a must read. Harmon brings a sense of respite to the never-ending arguments that plague Christianity and his book reads like you are hearing his information from a good friend, not a booming fire-and-brimstone preacher. Harmon will easily become your favorite Christian author.

Reviewed by Vicki Liston, author of “Europe for the Senses – A Photographic Journal” ( )
  travelvic | Jan 4, 2015 |
Although short, this thought-provoking book packs a powerful punch. As one of the "spiritual but not religious" folk Harmon mentions, I found myself thinking if the priests of my childhood had presented the Bible, God and the Christian faith the way Harmon does, I'd probably still be spending my Sundays on a church pew.

Clearly well researched and presented in the clear style of a friendly chat, THE RIVER OF LIFE is a balanced treatise of the heart as well as of the head, which discusses:

• Heaven & Hell
• The Second Coming
• The Good News
• The Historical Jesus
• Doing Our Part
• But What About Miracles?
• Faith in God
• The River of Life

Each of his theories are presented convincingly in a way that is respectful even when it disagrees with conservative Christian views. Harmon remains firm and strong on his own open-minded interpretations of his faith and “agnostic Christianity”, while not trying to diminish other, more conservative, Christian views or different religious beliefs. He learnt from his grandmother that, “A man convinced against his will is of the same mind still,” [Location 1284] and he does not try to convert anyone away from their own beliefs.

Instead, Harmon uses his deep insights and alternative understanding of the faith of Jesus Christ to offer an interpretation that it would well serve the world to adopt in order to follow in the steps of the master teacher and healer Jesus Christ. Harmon suggests a way of following the teachings of Christ that make us, as spiritual beings, responsible for bringing the Kingdom of God into the here and now of our lives. “Imagine,” he says, “a world governed by light, life and love.” [Location 1279]. How inspiring to believe that the meaning of our lives can be found in actively emulating the Christ-consciousness, rather than waiting for rewards in an after-life.

There are areas where my experience of faith differs from Harmon’s – the after-life is one area – and, as a vegetarian, I would have liked to have read his thoughts on extending the compassion and love of Christ to all sentient beings, especially animals who are so sorely treated by humans. After all, in Eden did Adam & Eve not live in harmony with all the beasts? Do we not hope that the lion will lay down with the lamb?

Despite these minor divergences, this book left me uplifted and hopeful. When reading it (and re-reading some passages more than once) I didn’t need to imagine the world of light and love he speaks of. I felt that light and love in the living pages of this book that so sincerely reflects one man’s deep faith, and his determination to follow in the footsteps of Christ to make the grace of God manifest in his life.

The hymn, Amazing Grace, is a favourite of mine, especially the words “I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.” As human beings, carrying immense divine potential within our souls, I think we're closest to the Divine Source, to that same light of God that Jesus himself believed in, when we're questioning our faith (whatever faith that may be) rather than blindly accepting it. If THE RIVER OF LIFE is evidence, then Harmon is very close to his God indeed.

Any spiritual seeker, wherever their search for faith in God begins, will find THE RIVER OF LIFE fascinating reading.

I recommend this book so highly, I’ve bought a second (print) copy as a gift for my husband who has a strong interest in comparative religions. ( )
  JudyCroome | Nov 17, 2014 |
“I am an agnostic Christian.” So Lee Harmon begins his short treatise on the differences that divide and powerful agreements that unite liberal and conservative Christianity. I guess I should answer, “I’m a mongrel Christian,” since I’m seriously conservative in some things and liberal in others. But perhaps that’s the point. The historical Jesus famously refused to be placed in anyone’s box. And yet we try so hard to place barriers around our beliefs and define who’s out, instead of welcoming neighbors in.

The River of Life starts with Heaven and Hell – the end placed at the beginning because the middle is where we live. We can argue and disagree as much as we like about eternity’s nature. But none of us has been there. And the Bible really doesn’t give a lot of detail. The author will certainly intrigue his readers though, as he looks at what detail there is.

This short book convincingly reveals how theological disagreement is so often based on interpretation. The author backs his arguments up with ample scriptural quotes and historical research, inviting the reader merely to think, not to agree or disagree. Shall we wait for, and predict, and imagine Christ’s second coming, or shall we act on the faith that he’s already here in our hearts? Shall we look for a kingdom up in the sky, or the kingdom within us instead? Shall we wait for the thousand year rule, or let God reign over us now?

Equally well-researched when comparing Gospel accounts or retelling history, The River of Life does indeed offer a meeting point for followers of Jesus and believers in God. While I don’t agree with all of the author’s beliefs or interpretations, I do share his evident love and respect for scripture, I support his emphasis on the present day, and I share his concern for which of us would face Christ’s wrath if He were to return today. Will we sinners eat at table together with the Lord, believers, agnostics, liberals, conservatives all? Then will we equally get up and work together, washed by the living water flowing from His side?

Disclosure: The author gave me a free copy as I’d enjoyed his earlier books. I offer my honest review. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Oct 24, 2014 |
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Twice before Lee Harmon has written about Christian topics, once on the gospel of John and once on the book of Revelation. But the question people keep asking him is this: As a liberal Christian, why do you care so much about the Bible? Others wonder whether he is truly a Christian at all. Lee finds that both conservative and liberal Christians often have this type of attitude toward one another, and so he sets out not to propose a compromise, but to seek understanding. He writes as a liberal Christian, explaining what Jesus means to him and why he finds the Bible fascinating and ven essential. This is a book that expresses a vigorous spiritual view, but which does so for the purpose of inviting conversation and understanding. Perhaps those of us who are in different streams of Christian thought need to consider that others also have something to contribute, that their disagreements with us do not represent apostasy or heresy but rather their unique and valuable experience of God.

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