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Overview Boyd and Larson use the vehicle of "The Matrix" film trilogy to argue that human struggles with habitual sin, thought patterns, damaged emotions, and phobias happen because people do not know how to take charge of the way they experience reality.
Publishers Description In some way or another most of us are "stuck"-in a secret sin we can't control or maybe by an inability to stand up for ourselves. In Escaping the Matrix, authors Gregory A. Boyd and Al Larson use the vehicle of The Matrix film trilogy to argue that our struggles with habitual sin, thought patterns, damaged emotions, and phobias happen because we do not know how to take charge of the way we experience reality. The authors draw on biblical and psychological insights to provide practical resources for helping believers escape the matrix of the world system that ensnares them. While this book is aimed at the newest generation of Christian readers, all ages will be inspired by the book's innovative strategies for experiencing a deeper life in Christ.
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Ingram Advance - 04/01/2005 page 122
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Studio: Baker Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 080106533X ISBN13 9780801065330
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More About Gregory A. Boyd & Al Larson
Gregory A. Boyd, formerly professor of theology at Bethel College, is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church where average attendance has grown to 5,000 since he helped plant the church in 1992. He is the author of many books, including the critically acclaimed Seeing Is Believing and the best-selling Gold Medallion Award-winner Letters from a Skeptic. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Al Larson is a national board certified counselor and the president and founder of Dynamics of Growth Inc., a counseling, consulting, and training organization. He lives in Oakdale, Minnesota.
Gregory A. Boyd currently resides in the state of Minnesota. Gregory A. Boyd was born in 1957.
Reviews - What do customers think about Escaping the Matrix: Setting Your Mind Free to Experience Real Life in Christ?
Some Bitter Readers . . . May 6, 2006
Wow, seems like some reviewers are really upset that this book doesn't provide a comprehensive conversion/education. I found it to be an interesting allegorical juxtapostion of Christianity with a popular movie, and a thought provoking way to harness the appeal of an approchable popular mythos to invigorate an occasionally staid and lethargic sprituality.
But what do I know . . .?
Take It With A Grain of Salt Nov 29, 2005
Be advised that I am only halfway through this book so "take it with a grain of salt"! I have enjoyed some of Gregory Boyd's other books and have received insight from Holy Spirit about my own personal judgmental and religious attitudes through his writings. That's why I've picked up this book to read. However, you really do have to tread carefully reading this book because some of his ideas could easily veer off into the realm of wackiness.
I agree with Boyd in that Satan has fed humans a bunch of lies and part of our calling as christians is to "take captive every thought" under the obedience of Christ. Some of the other reviewers have scoffed at the references to the movie, "The Matrix" but I think they use this device to communicate their idea of being in a "matrix" of lies. I don't believe, as some reviewers said, that the authors want to replace the Bible with "The Matrix". With every quote from the movie, they quote New Testament scripture.
I have skimmed through the exercises at the end of the chapters because I don't feel comfortable practicing psychology on myself. In fact, the exercises might slow down your reading and give you the feeling that you are reading a textbook sometimes.
This book could add to your knowledge about fighting the battle of the mind but if you are looking to use this book as a tool to overcome some serious mental strongholds, I would recommend reading it with another christian mentor or counselor who is familiar with the techniques suggested in the book.
Great Book! Aug 5, 2005
It is certainly not suprising that many do not like this work. This is, of course, especially true of Calvinists, who tend to promote an anti- most things experiential/anti-most things scientific world view. This book is excellent for anyone familiar with recent developments in the study of cognitive science. It is really a work that consciously focuses on Christian meditiation, which is a lost art in Christian discipline today. Unfortunately, most Evagelicals that discuss the issue of meditation are given the label of "New Age." When, in fact, part of the disciple of meditation is aligning your metal experience to align with what Scripture says about the world and our relationship with God. This book provides a significant look at how Satan uses out mind to deceive us about God and our relationship with him. I recommend it to anyone wanting to understand Christian meditation.
As with most things.... Aug 2, 2005
I have recommended this book to some and they have found it to be almost an earth shattering revelation, others??? I find that the book is helpful, as long as it isn't expected to be something it is not (i.e. a book on Theology). It is difficult, at best, to attempt a "marriage" between Theology and Psychology teachings. Besides, I find the Bible best serves that need anyway.
However, this book has helped free some folks and has brought forth some fruit, so at least, don't rule it out too quickly!
In sum, it is a tool, for some a key, for others a paperweight.
Where is the love for people? Jul 15, 2005
I'm deeply saddened when I happened to stumble upon the reviews written about this book. First, this book shouldn't be considered terribly groundbreaking as the methods are practically identical to that of Theophostic prayer ministry. Now, personally, I know of serveral people who have received much freedom from this form of counseling. I'm not stating it's the only way, or course not, in fact, I'm not even stating it's the "most excellent way," but I don't discredit the results (read good fruit) just because they don't fit neatly into my cultural/religious paradigm.
Personally, I don't agree with Boyd on a lot of issues (The Problem of Evil has yet to convince me of his psuedo-annihilationist views) but I think he does a good job of majoring on the Majors and minoring on the Minors.
Also, it should be known, for what it's worth, that the Matrix was actually first written by a deeply devoted Christian woman, who had the script plagiarized and bastardized (in my opinion) into what we saw at the Theaters. I think, honestly, that most of the Matrix purports a mostly Gnostic gospel, full of lies and myths. However, that is not to say a person using these timely cultural references to bring a message of love, healing, and restoration to people who would normally not pickup a Christian book is out of line.
I'm more worried about psychology that denies the need for appeal to a God or Holy Spirit than a book whose steps include asking for help from the Holy Spirit and dialoguing directly with Christ to see what He, you know, the Lord of Lords, would say about you. I commend Gregory Boyd for stepping out and taking on such a "hot" topic out of love and compassion for those hurting in this world.
And it should be said, that I daily pray for the day when these types of tools are no longer beneficial because the Bride of Christ has become so much like Him that the mere words they speak will contain healing and power. There is a revelation of the cross, and what was accomplished there, that still needs to come forth.