June 07, 2009
Reviewer: Felix from Hobart, Australia,
I just got this book a few days ago, and it seems like it will be just what I was after: a look at the bigger picture of the Bible, so I can read and understand it as I read it myself, and see if there is real spirituality in it or not, if it's worth anything or if it's just my wishful thinking. I have the same problem as everyone: if I read anything, there's always my own biases, assumptions, conditioning, arrogance. I better be aware of this! One cannot read without automatically interpreting! The point is not that to have the greatest argument that I need to defend, but that as I grow into Truth, Truth grows in me, so to wake up from my sleep, which my ego can't do, even when I say "look how grown-up I am" and decieve myself. But I have already succumbed to the temptation to read this book out of sheer interest and superfically, even entertainment, not looking up the Bible referrances, I'm seeing with someone elses eyes-wonderful eyes this Richard Rorh has! but I can see it's not authentic. His aim is clearly to help the reader discover the Bible for them selfs, but I started using the book to get my kicks and confirm my biases and put my fears to rest with this book! The author points this kind of stuff out at the start, fortunately. So in summary: very useful book as far as I can tell, but tempting to use to avoid the actual work and fidelity involved in entering the mystery of God...typical person reading a good spiritual BOOK, hey?
Thank you. Felix Maximilian