‘My Bright Abyss,’ by Christian Wiman reviewed at the NYT: “This is a daring and urgent book, written after the author learned he had a rare, incurable and unpredictable cancer. But it is not a conventional memoir of illness and treatment. Beyond informing us that he received his dire news in …
I highly recommend this podcast over at Coffee & Markets. Fascinating discussion and a book I need to check out.
For those open to it, I think Bell offers some fresh ways of talking about the way we see the world and what we think we know. And about how the way we see God in history impacts our actions and perspective. I would think it would be a great conversation starter for those who are not open to more conventional approaches to God and church. And that is no small thing.
So to be fair, if you are interested in seeing how the life of Mary can be a fruitful area of discussion and study for protestants this is a good place to start. It brings out the story in interesting and challenging ways and outlines some problematic areas with respect and grace.
As a vignette meditating on a suffering mother there are some interesting sections but the book as a whole left me cold. Perhaps my faith played a role but I would like to think I could recognize a well done work even if I disagree with its religious implications.
I will confess something to you my loyal readership. I am having existential doubts about this whole blogging thing. For a variety of reasons …
Not being a scholar of the early church, there is not much I can add to the discussion of the issues surrounding the date, and impact on the early church, etc. But the story itself is a fascinating, and at times fantastical, glimpse into the storytelling of the ancient world. A very different take on the famous Christmas story. The scholarly foundation should not put you off, however, as It is a quick and enjoyable read. So if you have an interest in apocryphal works of the early church or are just fascinated by the story of the magi you might want to check this one out.
Perhaps my expectations were too high and this is overly harsh but this book struck me as warm fuzzies dressed up as hard truths.
Those of you not living in a cave, or to be fair not tuned into to either publishing or evangelicalism, are probably …
Who knows what you call it. But it is engaging, entertaining, often thought provoking and for $3 a real steal.