Inspired by Rachel Held Evans
Inspired was written by New York Times bestselling author, Rachel Held Evans. The tagline, “Slaying giants, walking on water, and loving the Bible again.” was what drew me in to begin with. I was interested by this line because as someone who has heard the same accounts from scripture all her life, oftentimes the Bible can become so familiar and I lose the joy in reading it. I was excited to see the Bible in a fresh new way through this book.
That being said, I thought this book was just “meh”. I found it very difficult to get through the chapters and it moved slowly. The author concludes that each reader has a unique story that allows them to interpret the Bible differently, and our understanding of scripture can be helped from the interpretations–or stories–of others.
Unfortunately, though, I feel the author missed the mark with this. Of course, each reader will understand the Bible in a different way according to their life, experiences, and even spiritual background, but I believe seeking for accurate interpretation is important. I can understand a biblical account in one way, but it doesn’t necessarily make it an accurate interpretation that others should take as truth.
I really wanted to like this book, because the tagline really had pulled me in at the beginning. Sadly, though, I felt uneasy reading the various metaphorical interpretations of biblical accounts. It seemed scripture had been twisted and changed; not something I appreciate.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book to a friend, simply due to the fact that I didn’t feel scripture was being interpreted accurately. I’m no theologian, but I don’t feel comfortable with people twisting the Bible according to what they “feel” is right.
Read the Bible, pray for wisdom in understanding it, and leave this book at the store.
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