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The Parables of Jesus made simple (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Matthew Robert Payne

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Présentation de l'éditeur

With heart-challenging explanations of the parables of Jesus, Matthew Robert Payne shares pieces of his life in the framework of the 54 parables of Jesus covered in The Parables of Jesus made simple. This collection of essays reads like a scholarly, yet genuine conversation with a good friend and is written with honesty, transparency and vigor. Matthew invites you to read the lessons of Christ, often times pleading with the reader to take hold of the weight of the words, then stepping back and offering no-nonsense applications for life. Each chapter is only four pages long, if not less,
which allows the reader to stop and reflect on the revelation shared in each chapter. This book is definitely worth bringing into your library and your life.

Angela Dicken
Freelance Writer

You don't need a PhD to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. You need selfless dedication, humility and a hunger for truth. You can feel these in Matthew Robert Payne's book on The Parables of Jesus made simple. After sixty years on this earth, I have heard a few sermons, and Mr Payne's book stands as a delightful treasure.

RC Martin
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Biographie de l'auteur

Matthew has lived the typical life of the Prodigal son in the parable that was shared in Jesus life on earth. From a life of destruction and pain Matthew has found his loving Father in heaven again and has devoted his life to giving back to the world of Christians and to giving hope to the lost. Matthew teaches the Word of God with passion and is careful to illustrate all of his teachings with personal life experience. He has been once married and divorced and is happily single with an adult son called Brandyn. He resides in Sydney Australia. Matthew enjoys coffee, reading, movies, coffee, long chats with friends, church activities, coffee. You can contact Matthew on Facebook (Matthew Robert Payne) at his website ( or email him at

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 425 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 224 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1453863575
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Create Space (26 mars 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004U2ALUS
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Anything But Simple 11 mai 2011
Par N. Balinario - Publié sur
The Parables of Jesus Made Simple is anything but simple. The book is a compilation of the 54 parables from the Bible which started off with the Parable of the Alert Servant. After each parable is mentioned the author then takes time to explain the parables according to his own research and interpretation. As the book unfolds, so does the life story of the author Matthew Robert Payne. The book keeps the reader curious with an interesting shift from the great parables to modern day situations and tribulations which the world is experiencing right now. His brave recount of his experiences gives the book a humane aspect which everyone, even non Christians can relate to.
The book also chronicles Payne's diverse experiences as someone who has grown and basked in God's love as a Christian. Payne though is a classic example of a story teller who has been to both sides of the streets having been sexually molested when he was fourteen, becoming a sexual addict for 20 years, temporarily giving up his relationship with God during this turbulent time and eventually finding his way back . Payne's brave and candid acknowledgement of his past and his dedication to his calling sends out a clear and strong message of redemption. Payne is not a seasoned author and the book lacks the slick and sophistication of one but his disarming honesty and his simple, child-like dedication and concern for his fellow men gives this book undeniable character. Payne is an ordinary man with an extraordinary commitment and love for God and his fellow men.
I chanced upon this book as a research material but ended up relating distinctly to the daily Christian struggles that the author continually faces. As a Christian myself, I have led a passive existence which is how most Christians conduct themselves. I have always played it safe, kept my head down and went on with my day to day responsibilities oblivious to the world and the sufferings of others. This is a truly inspiring work which anyone can learn from. Payne's is an ordinary man with an extraordinary zest for life and for God.
Blessings sometimes come in ways that you least expect it. Reading the book has been an unexpected blessing for me and I would definitely recommend this book to people who are in need of uplifting spiritually and emotionally.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Book I Will Never Forget 18 août 2011
Par Daniel Cerna - Publié sur
Matthew is a writer that will conquer your heart. He writes in a very simple narrative way, and is one of the most honest people I ever met. He treats all the 54 parables and sees in them a desperate call from Jesus to his audience to leave the legalism and trust in His grace. The parables are taken one by one and explained in their context (he has a very good introduction for each of them). He also tried to fulfil the parables in his particular life, so he provides concrete examples (things that I did not see to other contemporaneous writer).

This is a book that makes you stop and think about what really matters in life.
In the beginning you might even judge him. But after you go on reading, you'll see that all he did just emphasizes God's grace.
1. This book made me reconsider what grace is.
2. He made me feel loved by Jesus. I'm a preacher and youth pastor. I know God loves me, but after reading this book I feel he loves me as I felt when I first accepted Christ in my life. This has a lot of meaning to me and I'm very thankful for this book.

This book addresses to:
-old Christians
-new believers

I took some wonderful ideas for my sermons from the book as well as very meaningful illustrations.
All things considered, I think that this book should be translated in more languages.

If the writer is honest then the book is very good. But the truth is I don't know his life.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 True Grace 22 décembre 2011
Par Shalom - Publié sur
Feeling as though I just walked away from a conversation over coffee with a friend, I finished reading Matthew Payne's book very much encouraged in the overarching message of true grace that permeates every chapter. I am of the mind that God's grace gets lost amidst the upholders of the law all too easily, because let's face it - our flesh loves power. That Mr. Payne could put aside all pride and share the depths of his own experiences simply to exhort his bretheren, is a testament to the power of God's grace in his life. What more does one need to know?

Admittedly, I was wary at first, as I didn't know anything about the author, and in the readings, I occasionally differed in my opinion of certain minor supporting details, but then I started reading between the lines. I listened to the heart of the book, not the differences in the details between my mind and his. I believe God asks this of us with every person. To see them the way He sees them. His thoughts are not our thoughts, indeed.

I dare not treat this review in the traditional sense of literary criticism. The book was not intended to be received as such - it is the parables `Made Simple,' after all. But most of all, I believe that the message of grace is wider, deeper, bigger, longer and stronger than any creative prowess any man could possess. This message rightly shines long and strong in Payne's words above all else.

In this context, I found the amateur style to be more endearing than anything, because it was not tainted with man's craftiness. I found Payne's openness humbling. I found the truth of grace to be pure. I found the words of a man who understood that, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit!" (Rom. 8:1)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Parables Explained 31 mai 2013
Par Bobbie Grob - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Before I begin, I think it is important to note that I am a Catholic, and thereby hold many beliefs shared by the author. This was a decent book. It was written clearly and with passion, but even so, it is not meant to be read quickly or skimmed over. This is a book that must be read section by section. allowing time to contemplate the meaning of what one has read before moving on to the next chapter.

Here the author has taken parables from the Bible and explained them clearly in laymen's terms. While I applaud the effort, this book had several different effects on me. First, I was impressed by the openness of the author, and with his obvious passion for his work. Then, I became a bit turned off when it seemed like every sentence ended with an exclamation point. This is hardly a serious manner, but the writing took on a fanatical aspect that dropped the book in my esteem. Finally, while I absolutely applaud the author's candidness in his work, he tells us several times that for nearly two decades he mistakenly assumed he was Christ's prophet here on earth until he was saved by mental health professionals. This is where he lost me, or almost did so. If he already knew he was mistaken for nearly 20 years, why should I believe him now? Perhaps this is just another delusion on his part. On page 151 he notes, "The chemicals in my brain do not function properly, but God still uses me . . . " While I do not doubt his sincerity, I just kept wondering whether to believe his words this time around. I will say that his main premise throughout the book is that we are here to love and support one another, period. This is a statement with which I wholeheartedly agree.

There were a few places where the author said things to which I took offense, the most notable example being on page 30 where he notes that "some Christians pray stupid prayers . . ". I found that highly offensive. Granted, some people pray for things others would never ask for, but I believe that any prayer is a connection to God, and that connection is never stupid.

I would recommend this book to a friends with the caveats I mentioned above, because I felt that the author did a nice job of summing up the mysterious parables and because I believe in his underlying message. This is a good book, but do take it with a grain of salt.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Promising but not Fulfilling Read 22 avril 2011
Par B. Nakia Garner - Publié sur
Most people who attempt to read the parables in the Holy Bible have probably had to read them several times in order to gauge their meaning. But author Matthew Payne does the work of interpreting for you in "The Parables of Jesus: Made Simple."

Each parable is broken down to its most basic element and they are accompanied by personal stories and anecdotes, making the parables easier to relate to.

Payne's efforts are admirable, but there are a few flaws in this book that stop it from being truly great.

In several of the chapters, the parables are cross referenced with other scriptures. While this can help with context, sometimes the scriptures are overpowering and a reader may have difficulty distinguishing where the parable is. There is also not enough background given to explain the context of the parables in the Bible. Cultural or historical references would have been helpful.

When Payne is not explaining a parable or using an illustration, his words read like a sermon or lecture. The constant repetition seems more suitable for a younger audience as opposed to adults.

Payne's intentions are pure in that he wants to educate people on what Jesus expects from his people. He also warns against those that may teach against the Word of God. Unfortunately, his references to two books in particular borders on defamation of character and may cause readers to question his motives.

The tone of the book seems to be mostly educational but occasionally the author seeks to inspire people to do what Jesus instructs them to do. What he doesn't do, however, is encourage readers to read and study the parables and the Word in general on their own. This book should serve as a stepping stone to a reader's understanding of the Word, but instead the tone makes it seem like this book, and the videos connected with it, are all a reader needs.

Overall, the premise of the book is a good one. Payne unlocks the meaning to parables that may otherwise turn new Christians away from the Word; but his sometimes authoritative tone takes away from the personable flow that the book strives for.
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