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Enlightening

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-08-17

Definitely written from a certain biased perspective, which they flat out acknowledged from the introduction. Nonetheless a very helpful book with helpful insights. They clarify repeatedly that this isn’t a thesis on the “correct” way to read the bible, but more of a discussion on how our culture can shape our reading, and how we can be more cognizant of that.

For example Jeremiah 29:11:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Is this a promise to give us happy lives and great careers as long as we remain faithful - as so many western evangelicals have hinted at or outright said - or a promise made to the nation of Israel during the time of its exile, fulfilled 70 years and many personal deaths after it was made?

Great book especially for anyone considering overseas mission work.