Book Review of ‘A Farewell To Mars’ by Brian Zahnd


A Farewell To Mars

“I recently had the pleasure of reading A Farewell To Mars by Brian Zahnd. This is one of the most needed books I have ever read. It resonates so much with what I believe Jesus is saying to His church. I hope every pastor in America will read it because the Gospel of Peace is in fact the Gospel of Jesus. It’s as deep as any book by Hauerwas or Yoder that I’ve ever read but infinitely more readable for the lay person. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the words in this book are the utterances of a prophet. However, as with all prophetic utterances, I’m sure there will be a lot of opposition to it from those whom Brian describes as “the crowd.” However, there will be many others who will be transformed by the words that Christ has spoken through Brian Zahnd in this work. It takes the attentive, transparent spirit of a pastor to write a book like this, and a great amount of courage to publish it. This book is a call to all followers of Christ to lay their weapons down and follow Jesus. I encourage you to heed the call and bid farewell to Mars, the God of War, so that you can embrace the way of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.”

Rick Lee James
Author of “Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms”

Podcast # 113- Brian Zahnd: A Farewell To Mars

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 differs from the drumbeats of war we hear all around us?
My guest this week on Voices In My Head is Brian Zahnd and these are just a few of the questions he addresses in his latest book, A Farewell To Mars. Join us as we discuss this great new book more in more detail.
Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a nondenominational congregation in St. Joseph, Missouri. Brian is a passionate reader of theology and philosophy, an avid hiker, mountain climber, and authority on all things Bob Dylan. Brian and his wife Peri have three adult sons and three grandchildren.
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Music used on Today’s Episode:
  • With God On Our Side – Bob Dylan
  • With God On Our Side – The Neville Brothers
  • With God On Our Side – Claudia Scott