Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Bible Jesus Read

Title: The Bible Jesus Read
Author: Philip Yancey
Publisher: ZondervanPublishingHouse
ISBN: 978-81-7362-251-9

Philip Yancey brings us through Job, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and The Prophets. I have to say that I really appreciated the different insights that he put forward, especially in Job and Ecclesiastes. One of the strengths of the book is to help the reader move from the first impression about a given Bible book to a better understanding. He uses a few analogies along the way and they deliver.

To illustrate: many people believe that Job is about suffering, when it is about pure and non-motivated faith. Some think of the prophets as only predicting things to come, but they spend a lot of time expressing things that are happening now, and expressing the mind of God. Some view the Psalms as an official worship song book, when its about pouring your heart to God. The best, for me, was to view Ecclesiastes in alongside nihilist writers, and the unavoidable comment: in times of trouble and injustice, people's mind is on seeing things change. But when everything is well, and that people are bathing in wealth, then it becomes easy to see a great pointlessness in all of human endeavours.

The book's end points to Jesus, who makes the prophecies come to life, gives a real purpose to human life and answers the itching question do we matter to God? by a resounding yes!

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