Of Peter s earlier books I find myself actually going back to the Bible to reread certain passages and thinking how did I not see that There will be some that will be put off by the title There will be some that will eave negative reviews without reading a single page just because they feel ike they re doing God s work by protecting the Bible as they interpret it Take the time to study and find out for yourself First of all I am part of the Cherry Bomb launch team for How the Bible Actually Works by Pete Enns so I received an advance reader copy from HarperOne I have engaged with Pete s work for the past few years and am a regularistener to his podcastThis book definitely achieves its goal of taking the Through A Fast And Humor through a fast paced and humor overview of how the Bible reveals itself to be an ongoing conversation about God a conversation that is contained within and constrained by the varying cultures and worldviews in which the books were written Enns does a masterful job of walking his readers through the key points of that conversation and shows how the Biblical writers found the wisdom to repackage the truths about God to speak to their own time Learning how to obtain the wisdom to repackage those truths is according to Enns the purpose of the Bible If there is one tweak I would make to the argument of the book it would be in regards to the spiritual world Enns shows that the presentation of the spiritual world made a dramatic shift after the Babylonian exile and between the Old and New Testaments The choice to be made is whether that shift is due totally to a reimagining by the Biblical writers that included new spiritual entities good and evil created to help explain their current situation or a possible increased revelation regarding the details of the spiritual world Enns is not clear at Leading the Way least in this book which choice he would makeMy favorite uote from the book I veearned by reading the Bible again and again to accept and be grateful for this messy Bible we have which drives us as I ve been saying away from thinking of it as a stagnant pond of rules and regulations and toward thinking of it as a flowing stream that invites us to step in and be refreshed anew every day in following Jesus here and now It s clear that Enns sees the The author s approach of using examples from the Old Testament to demonstrate how Judaism evolved over time makes a ot of sense Well done Over the The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace last couple of years there has been a profound shift that has occurred with how we understand the Bible it s applicability for our day and age and theasting value that it continues to have Books When Red Cried Wolf like Rob Bell s What is the Bible and Rachel Held Evans Inspired have sparked a renewed interested among not just those who have possibly walked away from the Bible or those who struggle with the balance of ancient documents in a modern day world but also among those who are not familiar with the wisdom found within it s pages Pete Enns brand new book How the Bible Actually Works brings continuedife to the discussion of allowing the Bible to help us understand the ways of GodLike no one else Enns uses his uniue ability to dig into the weeds of Biblical information in a way that everyday normal people ike myself can understand exactly what he is attempting to communicate without feeling as if the depth of information has overtaken them ike uicksand His snark and humor is able to diffuse the tension of harsh critics and cause raving fans to reach for a box of Kleenex to dry tears of The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing laughterMore than anything else one will seldom find such aearned scholar that displays the humility and passion for sacred text that Pete showcases If you re Song of the Forest looking for a book that demonizes groups of people attacks believing Christians or belittles those who see things differently How the Bible Actually Works is NOT the book for you This book is filled with compassion and a goal to help readers with the ever present task of understanding a collection of documents books andetters thousands of years old in a 21st century worldThe book does not shy away from the task of grappling with differences perceived mistakes and varying discrepancies but helps to bring clarification that propels the reader forward on their journey with God and the BibleIn a world that sees reading of the Bible in steep decline this book has the ability to turn the tide and help all of us recognize that we are on a continual journey to discover who God is and the pages of the Bible demonstrate this path of wisdomNote I did receive a free advanced copy of this book as a part of my participation with HarperOne and the aunch team of How the Bible Works. What interferes with our readingRather than considering the Bible as an ancient book weighed down with problems flaws and contradictions that must be defended by modern readers Enns offers a vision of the holy scriptures as an inspired and empowering resource to help us better understand how to ive as a person of faith todayHow the Bible Actually Works makes clear that there is no one right way to read the Bible Moving us beyond the damaging idea that “being right” is the most important measure of faith Enns’s freeing approach to Bible study helps us to instead focus on pursuing enlightenment and building our relationship with God which is exactly what the Bible was designed to do. ,
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Statements Faith insist the Book s inerrancy and infallibility I have also watched some Evangelical fundamentalists raised inof Faith insist upon the Book s inerrancy and infallibility I have also watched some Evangelical fundamentalists raised in tradition awakened by cognitive dissonance as they confront social issues in a postmodern world or when they encounter ambiguity and contradictions in the Bible abandon it as a no A Constellation of Vital Phenomena longer reliable record of God s truth purpose and actions Reading How the Bible Actually Works may indeed cause apologists for the Bible as inerrant and infallible rule book to suirm uncomfortably even become enraged as Enns masterfully illustrates the many absurdities one must accept in order to take the Bibleiterally With eual mastery he supports and fleshes out his proposition that the Bible s purpose is to steer us away from absurdity toward wisdom The again Methodist writers of the Junaluska Affirmation wisely and after all Enns writes here about Wisdom as the Bible s endgame rejected the words inerrant and infallible in favor of the statement The authority of Scripture derives from the fact that God through His Spirit inspired the authors causing them to perceive God s truth and record it with accuracy Since my youth I have mainly approached the Bible accordingly It seems to me that Pete Enns has gone and done ikewise The Bible Tells Me So Enns earlier book in this trilogy with The Sin of Certainty was an affirmation for me and others who ove the Bible yet hold Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights loosely to certainty over its every nuance In How the Bible Actually Works Enns offers insight into how perceiving God s truth reuired the writers to update or upgrade the record over time as their perception of God s truth developed and shifted Feeling as if I was already very much on the same page as Peter Enns this book doesn t change how the Bible actually works for me I found rather that it offers wisdom for approaching discussions about the Bible with those who have been conditioned to expect it to work infallibly and inerrantly I cannot help wishing others of my acuaintance would read this book and take ateast some small something away from it that would make it easier to have a conversation I would definitely recommend this book for those who find themselves in a period of deconstructing traditions as they try to reconcile their beliefs about scriptural inspiration with what they perceive to be God s truth for a rapidly changing world something Enns says is already happening within the Bible itself In a nutshell By understanding the Bible is not a set in stone rule book we Still Life with Chickens let it shepherd us toward wisdom as we accept its ambiguity By embracing the Bible as a book of wisdom perhaps all of us whoove it might come into a greater understanding of how it brings the faith story of the past into the present and helps us discern what God is doing here and now PeterEnns style footnotes which may or may not be an effort at humor or contain sarcasm you decide PS Pete scored the Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea last half star needed to raise my rating to five stars by mentioning the Wesleyan uadrilateral Harper One provided a free Advance Reader copy and I offer this review as a voluntary member of the Launch Team for How the Bible Actually Works I appreciate it so much I have pre ordered a copy of the final print version Disclosure I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion which I always enjoy giving and frankly would have shared for free HarperOnePartnerI came to this book already a fan of author Peter Enns I had already read his book The Bible Tells Me So and I subscribe to andove his podcast The Bible for Normal People with Jared Byas My prior experience with this author Paradox Bound led me to expect very scholarly Biblical study shared with dry sarcastic wit and that s exactly what this book was To be fair this book will not be for everyone in fact some will hate this book I recommend it specifically for two groups of people Those who are becoming frustrated in their spiritual journey Why would God say this and then allow that Why doesn t this work the way it s supposed to and secondly to those who have already deconstructed To those who are frustrated I w harperonepartner wisebible howthebibleactuallyworksFor the purpose of full disclosure I received an advance free copy of this book from HarperOne as part of theaunch teamI have to admit I fully expected it to be The Bible Tells Me So Part 2 I was wrong I am only a couple of chapters in but How the Bible Actually Works is about how to find the wisdom in this ancient ambiguous and diverse book that many of us grew up thinking we knew I ook forward to digging further into this book As with some. Ent for study that not only offers an abundance of insights but provokes us to find our own answers to spiritual uestions cultivating God’s wisdom within us“The Bible becomes a confusing mess when we expect it to function as a rulebook for faith But when we allow the Bible to determine our expectations we see that Wisdom not answers is the Bible’s true subject matter” writes Enns This distinction he points out is important because when we come to the Bible expecting it to be a textbook intended by God to give us unwavering certainty about our faith we are actually creating problems for ourselves The Bible in other words really isn’t the problem; having the wrong expectation is.
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S BOOK THE SIN OF CERTAINTYbook The Sin of Certainty was so frightened by it I threw it away Not kidding I had to go buy it again after my heart stopped skipping beats so ka ching Pete you sold that one twice I have now read all of Pete s books and this is another gem Pete s very funny and easily accessible commentary on how the Bible STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare leads us to wisdom and not aist of facts we must believe is a refreshing view of Scripture My main takeaways from this journey 1 we are to ove the Lord with our minds don t put your intelligence on hold to conform to some doctrine 2 uestions are nothing to be afraid of and are actually encouraged by God and 3 Jesus is so much amazing than I had been ead to believe Buy this book if you have a sense of humor are open to having your views challenged Full disclosure I received an advance copy of this book from HarperOne How we approach the Bible is perhaps the most critical issue facing Christianity today After decades of falling in Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays line behind the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy people areeaving the church in droves because the tension between the world in which we Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All live and this hardine approach to the Bible is too great Churchgoers are finding that1 The usual explanations for Biblical contradictions are intellectually inadeuate when you dig beyond the surface and challenge the pat answers given by popular authority figures2 The topics of evolution same sex relationships and women s roles are being treated What a Lass Wants like elephants in the room to be gingerly skirted around at best3 They feel as if they can t call themselves Christian any if they don tine up behind the right answers being given from within the church How the Bible Actually Works helps to cut this tensionIt aims to demonstrate that the Bible actually works to ead people into wisdom the ability to act right for our time place and situation instead of being a static never changing rule book Enns accomplishes this using his insightful knowledge as a Biblical scholar in a way that s clear and easy to understand As a bonus his dry sarcasm and aptly placed footnotes will make you involuntarily chuckleThis wisdom approach to the Bible invites readers to accept a sacred responsibility Enn s terminology to discern the right and it s not as easy as simply following the rulesIf you re struggling to reconcile your Christian faith with the world you ive in How the Bible Actually Works will be a helpful and encouraging tool for your journeyBring your sense of humor I m not an expert theologian a professional writer or someone who has a significant impact on determining the course of others faith as in being ordained or a teacher so it was a privilege to be included in the Mexican Hooker launch team for which I received a complimentary advanced copy of How the Bible Actually Works There are so many detailed reviews with excerpts and analysis I won t compete I m a regular ordinary Christian Catholic to be exact and that s ok this book is for peopleike me I have an insatiable curiosity to earn and understand different perspectives even if in the end I don t agree with
EVERYTHING I DON T EVEN AGREEI don t even agree myself some of the timeFor some people what they ve heard about Peter Enns work might have given them a secondhand first impression that his ideas are wrong scary or should be avoided Pete makes you think he makes you augh and I bet you l earn something new even if you don t want to This book may not be for those who prefer to stay in their own Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery lane and readike minded material in their chosen comfort zone and that s ok There s already plenty out there for those folks and there s nothing wrong with that But growth doesn t come without growing pains For those of us hungry to earn to see things in a different way and maybe try a new key for the ocked door we ve been struggling to open this book just might be what you re The Day Fidel Died looking for Even if it doesn t end up being the key you needed it might be enough to re charge you for your continued journey And isn t this what s it s all about The journey Why We Need This NowI attend what most would call an evangelical church While there areots of ways to define that for the purpose of this book s topic my church s statement of belief on the Bible a relatively standard evangelical one goes ike this The Bible containing 66 books of the Old and New Testaments is the infallible Word of God written under inspiration of the Holy Spirit and having supreme and final authority on all matters to which it speaks It is without error in the original man Having been raised Methodist in the Bible Belt I carried always an awareness that I read the Bible differently from many. Controversial evangelical Bible scholar popular blogger and podcast host of The Bible for Normal People and author of The Bible Tells Me So and The Sin of Certainty explains that the Bible is not an instruction manual or rule book but a powerful earning tool that nurtures our spiritual growth by refusing to provide us with easy answers but instead forces us to acuire wisdom For many Christians the Bible is a how to manual filled with iteral truths about belief about God that must be strictly followed But the Bible is not static Peter Enns argues It does not hold easy answers to the perplexing uestions and issues that confront us in our daily ives Rather the Bible is a dynamic instrum.