Beyond Jesus: My Spiritual Odyssey
We are the Christ
we’ve been waiting for
From a modern-day mystic—
a gripping and deeply personal story
that takes us on a journey of awakening.
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About the Book
In her groundbreaking memoir, Beyond Jesus, Pearce takes us behind the scenes of her own riveting spiritual transformations to reveal the underlying illusion that humankind has been playing out for millennia—the dream of separateness—and how that illusion shaped Christian belief. This compelling account inspires us all to accept our own Christ nature and beckons us to participate in the planetary awakening that will usher in a new world.
About the Title
Patricia was on the interstate driving from Philadelphia to Denver to attend her mother’s ash scattering, when suddenly she received a download that she would write a book called Beyond Jesus that would talk about how ego consciousness had shaped Christian belief. The intention was crystal clear, and she understood that the title was conveying that it is time now for us to look beyond Jesus as the sole incarnation of Christ consciousness and to open ourselves to the awakening of our own divine essence. Written as a memoir, Beyond Jesus takes the reader on that very journey of discovery.
In this captivating memoir, Patricia Pearce guides us on a journey from her Peace Corps days with indigenous people in Ecuador to moments of enlightenment when, as a Christian minister, she questions the church’s vision of Christ. . . She discovers that the world we have created is a reflection of our own consciousness. She inspires us to rise to new levels of consciousness and manifest a sustainable and spiritually fulfilling future for ourselves and our progeny.
―John Perkins, New York Times best-selling author
A potent new understanding of Reality and a powerful and eloquent call to hear Jesus anew.
―Penny Gill, PhD, author of What in the World Is Going On? Wisdom Teachings for Our Time
An astounding story of faith shattered and restored in a profoundly visionary life story.
―Rabbi Sheila Weinberg, founder of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and author of God Loves the Stranger
Staying humbly within her own experience, Pearce has addressed a larger story that is unfolding from the edge of Christianity. . .
―The Rev. Dr. Hal Taussig, National Co-Chair, Christianity Seminar, Westar Institute, and editor of A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts
An exhilarating journey of the spiritual transformations that have undergirded Pearce’s radical work for justice-love in the world. . . This book spills over with integrity, wisdom, and joy! It’s a splendid resource of hope and encouragement for these troubled times.
―The Rev. Carter Heyward, PhD, Professor Emerita of Theology, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
Pearce’s sharing of how her individual journey meshed with the universal seeking for God and the commitment to act for justice in ways that honor the God-spark dignity of all life forms of our planet moved me into and beyond the words of her life story. Beyond words, into tears-and joy.
―Rabbi Arthur Waskow, author and director of The Shalom Center