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A Farewell to Mars

An Evangelical Pastor's Journey toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace
Narrated by: Dean Gallagher
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
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We know Jesus the Savior, but have we met Jesus, Prince of Peace?

When did we accept vengeance as an acceptable part of the Christian life? How did violence and power seep into our understanding of faith and grace? For those troubled by this trend toward the sword, perhaps there is a better way.

What if the message of Jesus differs radically from the drumbeats of war we hear all around us?

Using his own journey from war crier to peacemaker and his in-depth study of peace in the Scriptures, author and pastor Brian Zahnd reintroduces us to the gospel of peace.

©2014 David C. Cook (P)2014 Oasis Audio

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  • Andrew Coon
  • 06-08-2018

Following the Prince of Peace

This is the reflections of the honest struggle of a Christian and pastor to follow the Prince of Peace

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-04-2018

A powerful and total repudiation of war and violence!

A much needed book in our many cultures today, especially in America where I live...if only more would read it. This is a far more Christ-like understanding view of our God who is best revealed by the cross; which is THE POWER OF GOD...and how it’s destruction of sin, hatred and the forces of evil really comes to pass... not by more of the same, but with love and mercy and forgiveness; all yet to be fully-played out of course, but still something worth believing in! God is good! Truly!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-03-2018

A watershed moment for me

This book has been nothing short of a revelation. Although it has radically challenged my world view and understanding of scripture, it has also helped make sense of many personal convictions which seemed to be at odds with my political and religious influences. I’m still left with many questions but encouraged to continue the journey of deepening my understanding of the gospel of peace. Highly recommend!

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  • Redlight Ringmaster
  • 05-01-2018

Absolutely LOVED the book. Wish it were longer!

Officially my new favorite book. Listen to it! It is mind altering! You won't regret the play button on this one.

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  • Thomas Myers
  • 15-01-2015

I f I only had one book.

I have read a few hundred books overs the years and of all of them this has been the single one to have the greatest impact on my life. If I only had one book to read over and over going forward this would be it.

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  • Jennifer Neyhart
  • 12-11-2018

A call to the Jesus way of non-violence/pacifism

A wonderful invitation to lay down our swords and turn them in plowshares:

I loved the last paragraph:

"I know what the cynics will say. I know how the scoffers will sneer. I know the non-dreamers believing only in the brutal ways of force will laugh me off as impossibly naive. But I don’t care. I’ve grown immune to their strain of unbelief. I’ve turned a corner. I believe that what Isaiah dreamed of, Jesus died for. I believe that what Isaiah said would come to pass in the last days, Jesus inaugurated in his resurrection. I’ve caught a glimpse of the better world that can be— a world that Jesus came to give and continues to offer us. I believe the world of peace is possible in Christ. I won’t let the doomsday preppers with their Armageddon obsession talk me out of it. Jesus has already spoken the first word of a new world— the word peace. So things have changed. I have changed. I’ve prayed my last war prayer and preached my last war sermon. I’ve given up bellicose flag waving and singing lustily about bombs bursting in air. I’ve bid a final farewell to Mars. From now on I follow the Prince of Peace. I know others will come with me. Maybe you will be one of them. I hope so."

#pacifism #christianity #SocialJustice #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-09-2018

really enjoyed this narration

the writing was great and the intonation of the reader was also enjoyable. greatly recommend this for anyone interested in learning about Jesus.

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  • Lucius 13
  • 23-03-2018

Convincing But Incomplete

I found this book's message against violence convincing. Zahnd opens up many biblical passages in new ways I've never considered before. For all this, the book deserves 5 stars. I only wish he took the time to address common objections to a nonviolent vision. How should Christians have responded to Hitler and WWII? How can a nation begin implementing peacemaking policies? What should the common Christian do about this today? Still, if you like me wonder where war fits in a Jesus-shaped life, this book will be eye-opening.

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  • Erin
  • 10-11-2017

Excellent book, Timeless and Relevant

the truth in this book is so profound and so relevant to today. Jesus is the way the truth the life, and if you don't understand peace, you don't understand Jesus.

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  • Fred B.
  • 26-07-2016

changed my life.

changed my life. i will likely read this again....and again...and again. I highly recommend this book.

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  • David
  • 02-03-2017

Deeply challenging

Really thought provoking ideas and insights on the place of violence in Christianity. A little too wordy for me personally, but enjoyed it nonetheless. Will be listening to again in the future.

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  • Mark
  • 19-03-2015

Subversive

This is probably one of the most important books of our time, and it is written by a very brave author.