With the season of Lent upon us and Easter just a few days away, Christians are reflecting upon the life and death of Jesus and what that means for our own salvation. But just maybe, we are looking at reaching our own salvation incorrectly. F. Aster Barnwell encourages us to reconsider our way of thinking in his book, Hidden Treasure: Jesus's Message of Transformation (iUniverse, 2011).
Here is the synopsis of Hidden Treasure: Jesus's Message of Transformation from the back cover:
In this newly revised version of F. Aster Barnwell's previous work, The Meaning of Christ for Our Age, Barnwell focuses on the message of hidden treasure hiding within the well-trodden field of the New Testament Gospels.
Since this treasure has eluded all but the most advanced spiritual adepts and initiates, Barnwell aims to introduce this psychology of transformation to the masses in clear, concise language. He explores how these spiritual exercises within the Gospels can lead to a state of higher consciousness and eventually to enlightenment. Only after this is achieved can we experience the Kingdom of Heaven and realize the Second Coming of Christ.
Through careful explanation, Barnwell provides a map of this transformation, going beyond dogma and creed by sharing his own journey of spiritual self-discovery. He stresses the importance of not needing to believe in a religion for the transformational psychology to work and explains how it can benefit the atheist and the agnostic as well as the religious practitioner.
A unique blend of mysticism and Christianity, Hidden Treasure can show you how to become more attuned to your deepest self and truest reality. Only then can you evolve out of an ego-bound state to an enlightened state of love, openness, and joy.
I found Hidden Treasure: Jesus's Message of Transformation made me really think about my faith and even re-evaluate how I look at some things. It helped me really read and more fully understand what I was reading in the bible. It definitely took it beyond traditional Christianity and pulled in other belief systems. To me it was a very interesting and even freeing way of looking at things.
Thank you to Smith Publicity for my samples used in this review, opinions are honest. Review by Michelle.
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