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"A profound reflection on how God relates to, works with, and loves families whatever their circumstance. The Garlands escort us on a tour of some of God's more interesting biblical families, always with an eye to exposing their fully flawed humanity. This book will challenge and change the way many read the Bible--not because it focuses on failures and difficulties, but because it shows that our true greatness is not so much of our doing, but of the God who is much more that we deserve."--David M. Thomas, codirector, The Bethany Family Institute, UK and USA
"Diana and David Garland have pooled their combined expertise in scripture studies and family ministry to create a wonderful, wise book. Flawed Families of the Bible challenges all our pious platitudes about the life of faith and the 'perfect' family, opening us up to a radical transforming vision of real redemption experienced in the midst of confusion, failure, and pain. This gracious and grace-filled book surprises us into seeing God and our family lives anew."--Wendy M. Wright, author of Seasons of a Family's Life: Cultivating the Contemplative Spirit at Home
"What does the Bible say about families? What is a 'normal' family? Let two of the wisest guides around help you explore these questions with insight and care. Be warned, however, as it is with most things biblical, the truth will both enlighten and disturb you. Flawed Families of the Bible opens wide our eyes--and our hearts even more--as we see both the pain and the promise of family life. Most of all, we catch a glimpse of how large God's grace is and what it means for all of us."--J. Bradley Wigger, author of The Power of God at Home
It was, by far, the ost enjoyable book I had to read all semester.
In short, if you think that the Bible is maligned against women (and it bothers you), then this book should be a refreshing read.
Some insights are very good and it's about time the Bible shares both known and unknown stories from a woman's perspective.
I haven't read much but already am surprised. I was expecting a different take but the authors have a humanist perspective. Read morePublished 8 months ago by BBlovesJC
Great book. Reminds me to view my flaws and those of other Christians with a more empathetic heart. Read morePublished 9 months ago by SAMom
If you never saw the Bible from a psychological view point before, this book will give you a lot of thoughts for food. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Musiclover
I had to buy this book for a Marriage and Family Class I was taking. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the short descriptions of famous Bible characters. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by jenni