“I love Brian McLaren. This is an early work, and I don't think his writing was quite as refined as his later work, but generally it's great.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Brian McLaren is one of my favorite Christian authors. I have read three other books written by him. "The Secret Message of Jesus" is the fourth one. This one seems to be quite different than others written by him. In his other works he seems to offer new insight, a new paradigm, even a new hermeneutic. Whereas, in "The Secret Message of Jesus" he merely expounds upon an existing theme. This theme, which McLaren calls the secret message of Jesus is really no secret. It is the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is here... now in our midst. For, the kingdom of God is within you. McLaren spends a majority of the book describing what this looks like in everyday life. Although I thoroughly agree with McLaren's views, I give this a 3-star rating simply for the fact that there doesn't seem to be any new or fresh insight that is typical of McLaren's works.”Gregor wrote this review Saturday, December 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love Brian McLaren. This is an early work, and I don't think his writing was quite as refined as his later work, but generally it's great.”John B wrote this review Thursday, March 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great exploration of the concept "The Kingdom of God." Sufficiently deep and challenging to be a rich treat!”jessmartin wrote this review Sunday, June 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“okay”JTKidd wrote this review Saturday, March 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“very good - confirmed some of the things God had shown me..
the insights from Jewish culture were helpful”
“One of those books that I read again and again. It is truly a remarkable book. It brings home the clear message of Jesus about what needs to be done today. This book will change the way you look at your faith. It gets into your system and starts gnawing at you. It will change your life. Read this book in combination with Simply Christian by Bishop Tom, and you will have a very well rounded view of Christianity as a way of living.”Jack wrote this review Monday, March 15, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I would say that this book should be read and used more of as a traditional children's story: Don't take it too seriously and you might end up with a good moral at the end. McLaren's problem is that he neglects everything that disagrees with his perspective - and thus loses out on huge (and I mean HUGE) theological necessities of Christianity. If I were to read this book as a strict theological text, I would have rated it a zero (or given it an 'i' for incomplete).
However, if you take this book as simply one man expressing a far-out idea for the purpose of proving a point or getting us to shift slightly more to his angle, it wasn't terrible. I disagree with the very idea of making a hyperbolical viewpoint to force a paradigm shift (think "the earth will end in 5 years" scare tactics to get people to do something reasonable like recycle), but McLaren is much more literature-based than he is scientific method-based so I can look past it.
Long story short, don't take this for what it says. That is, don't take this for what it says if you want to enjoy it at all without the need to rip your hair out in frustration.”
“had this for a while havent got around to reading it yet for one reason or another. ”nathaniel w wrote this review Monday, November 30, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I didn't expect to like this book, because the title makes it sound so sensationalist. The title, I think, is designed to sell books, not necessarily to get to you read it. Because who doesn't like a secret?
Once I read it though, I was astounded by how much Brian McLaren gets it. It's insightful and doctrinally-sound, in my opinion, even if it goes against what the American Christian institution says. I think what people tend to forget is that when God speaks through people, the religious people (aka Pharisees of Jesus day and the institutional church of ours) tend to get upset. Why are we still surprised I wonder when modern day prophets like McLaren tell us what we don't want to hear? Besides, enduring threats of brimstone and fire are part of a prophet's job description, so fundamentalist websites really are really just proving that he's worth listening to.”