Marcus Borg has given good scholarly effort and quality research to this book. The format is reader-friendly and has some good thought provoking statements from both Jesus and Buddah. All of this being said, spiritual seekers should use much caution in reading this book. I am a follower of Jesus Christ, He has transformed my life which is something no one, including myself, could do. In his introductory remarks Mr. Borg calls himself a "non-exclusive" Christian, which to me is contradictory to Jesus' remarks in John 14:6 where He says, "I am the way, the truth and the life no one comes to the Father except by me." It is for this reason that I give the book 2 stars and didn't finish it.
4 years ago I was reading this book on a train, on the way to my job in NYC. I had been experimenting with different faiths, Hinduism, Wicca, Tantra...etc.... I was empty, hungover, wanting the Truth....I read this book...and I have to say... it was my first experience with the teachings of Christ vs. the observations of Buddah...it was a turning point in my life.....because Jesus Christ gave me life...and totally showed the POWER of HIS WORDS..."I AM the Truth the Way and the Life No man comes to the Father but by Me" The Word the Buddah could not utter......not trying to put anyone down...but if you are deciding on Faith's...and you've come down to Buddishm and Christianity...read this book...and take it to heart value...and then decide which faith is True:) and which God is true....if reading just for poetic value??....make it personal.