Item description for The Kingdom Within: The Inner Meaning of Jesus' Sayings by John A. Sanford...
Overview Examines how Jesus's teachings relate to our inner feelings, discusses masculinity, femininity, intuition, and sin, and looks at how Jesus met Jung's criteria for full personhood
Publishers Description By showing how Jesus' teachings relate to our inner depths, this book guides us toward a more conscious and creative life. The Kingdom Within explores the significance of Jesus' teachings for our interior life -- that inner reality that Jesus called "the kingdom of God." It is Sanford's conviction that contemporary Christianity has overlooked this inner dimension of Jesus' teachings and so has lost touch with the human soul.Illustrated with case histories and dream material drawn from the author's work as a psychotherapist, The Kingdom Within examines such characteristics as extroversion and introversion, masculinity and femininity, thinking and feeling, and sensation and intuition to show how Jesus met the criteria of wholeness or fullness of personhood. Step by step, Sanford helps us to shed the outer mask, to eschew sin, which "means living in enslavement to what we don't know about ourselves," and to follow the road of consciousness, which leads to "a great treasure waiting only to be discovered."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Aug 11, 2009
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0060670541 ISBN13 9780060670542
Reviews - What do customers think about The Kingdom Within: The Inner Meaning of Jesus' Sayings?
jung meets christ Jul 6, 2006
great book that looks at the gosples with a Jungian eye. Very insightful and brings the sayings of christ to life again in a new and for me, a deeper way.
The Kingdom Within - The Inner Meaning of Jesus' Sayings Mar 11, 2006
As with all of John Sanford's books, this one is inspiring and easy for the lay person to understand. It can be read several times and still provide more treasures. You will come away from this book with an understanding of the spirit of Jesus' words. It can set you free from the rigid, uncreative, letter of the Word and pave the way to experience a personal relationship with God. The Kingdom is here now, it is within each one of us, if we take the time to seek it.
Returning to the Kingdom Within Feb 29, 2004
I have read, and re-read this book countless times. Each time, I walk away with a clearer understanding of the nature of my inner consciousness, my soul... and then I find myself wandering back months, in the most recent case, several years later to revisit what Sanford has suggested. Each time I do, I gain a more certain awareness of the part of me that seeks to connect with the Son of God. There are times when I can almost "sense" Him...
This book, as a companion to my Bible studies, and along with Larry Crabb's "Shattered Dreams" has done more for my understanding of my relationship with God than 40 years of mindless obedience to accepted Christian platitudes ever did for me.
If you read it carefully, it will challenge you and perhaps reward you as it has for me.
Know Thy Self Nov 9, 2003
It seems these reviewers do not know thy self because if did they would understand Sanford's book and it's meaning. But to a point it is understandable why these reviewer's miss the point. Like most of the people they never reached their inner core or the Christ with in and know very little about the Unconscious. I 've spent going on 20 years working with myself in therapy and reading books including the Bible, and it takes work to fully understand yourself and alot of pain which most people run from to see the light or know what John Sanford really is talking about. Trust me Sanford is closer to the truth than most authors I read, I have mostly all his books. He is not perfect but he's close. Be still and know I am God!, try it.
Interesting, but he left out the most important part! Oct 2, 2003
Jung suggests that each of us has a "mask" and a "shadow"; the mask being the conscious ego that we present to the world and the Shadow self being our unconscious, where we repress all of our secret and socially-unacceptable desires. We identify so tightly with our ego that we don't even realize that it's not our true self, and we are are oblivious to our shadow self and the inner-conflict between the two that adversely influences our behavior and our psychological and spiritual health. Psychological and spiritual wholeness then comes from integrating these two disparate parts of our psyches.
In this book, Sanford reads Jungian meaning into the Biblical message, essentially asserting that the salvation Jesus was talking about was actually the same process of reconciling the unconscious and conscious that Jung hit upon 1900 years later.
To support this arguement he explains how Jesus' parables and other Bible stories (Prodigal son, etc) can be seen as Jungian metaphors. For example, the well-known story of the Prodigal son can symbolically be seen as telling us that in order to be a completed work the good son in us must acknowledge and accept back the prodigal...
Sanford is essentially telling us that our modern understanding of Jesus' message is mostly wrong and that the "narrow" path that Jesus' spoke of is actually the path of reintegrating the unconscious in order to achieve psychological wholeness. Of course the trick with that is that, because it is our unconscious, we are naturally "unconscious" of it - i.e. how can we go about reintegrating the unconscious without being aware of it?!?!?!?
That question begs for an answer, but to my utter dismay Sanford never bothers to address that question, - which more or less rendered the whole book a tribute to his own intellect rather than something with any practical use.
Overall I liked his ideas, but without recommendations for how to apply this information to our own spiritual quest Sanford has essentially written only half a book (and it's the most important half that is left out).
Note: If you're interested in Jungian psychological wholeness as a path to spiritual enlightenment, and you're open-minded enough to accept radical rethinking of Jesus' message then I suggest "Putting on the Mind of Christ" by Jim Marion.