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Reading the Bible with the Damned Paperback – September 19, 2005
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"Bob Ekblad is more like Jesus than most people I know How different the world will be when more of us share Christs life and heart in the same way. I say when, not if, because this book will hasten the transformation." --Marva J. Dawn, Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, and author of Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society and Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God.
"Bob Ekblad has raised an ominously serious question what does the Bible say to the suffering down our street - across our town and city - and out in the fields where our supermarkets get our produce? The responses are both enlightening and challenging, and Ekblad has written a book to teach all of us about the Bible, faith and liberation, and the realities of our own social system." --Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, Professor of Old Testament, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and author of A Biblical Theology of Exile.
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The book begins with an identification of the pitfalls many mainstream readers encounter in their more traditional readings of the Bible, whereby the message of the Bible is made to support the status quo or dominant paradigm. Ekblad encourages his readers to challenge these theological assumptions by reading the Bible with those outside one's own nationality, race, gender, class, or economic status.
The rest of the book focuses on reading specific portions of the Bible in this new light. There are chapters on the Creation narrative, Cain and Abel, the Patriarchal narratives, Exodus, Isaiah, the Psalms, the Gospels, and the Pauline Epistles.
This book is the product of a class taught at the People's Seminary in conjunction with Regent College. I attended this class when it was taught last year and it proved to be the single most transformative experience of my graduate education. I walked into the class with one career plan, and walked out with another.Read more ›
When I began reading chapter 1, I couldn't help feeling like I had walked into the middle of a conversation. With very little preliminaries, Ekblad starts going through an explanation of how he selects topics for his jail Bible studies and the procedure he goes through in facilitating them. I was left wondering about things like why he was doing this, what he hoped to accomplish, what his underlying theology was, and so on.
Then I got to chapter 2 when he began relating actual experiences he has had with the men in Skagit County Jail and how God has touched their lives through their readings of the Bible. Wow! This stuff is dynamite! Going from chapter 1 to chapter 2 was like going from a lecture on the physics of roller coaster construction to actually riding the roller coaster.
Let me tell you, it wouldn't matter if Bob Ekblad had no writing skill whatsoever (though he actually is a pretty good writer). The stories he has to tell about God stepping into the lives of men living at our society's margins are so powerful, so eye-opening, that they completely shine on their own merits.
Seriously, buy this book. If you're put off by the idea of liberation theology, don't be. He doesn't really put forward a hardcore liberation theology. His main message is the grace of God in Jesus Christ, and in any case this book isn't about theology, it's about rubber-on-the-road practical application of the Gospel in real people's lives. This is great stuff.
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It will change the way you think, but more importantly, it will make you hungry to go out into the world and partner with God as his love breaks chains, heals the sick and... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Shadow
I read this book for two reasons: as a reference for comparison to my own experiences in jail ministry, and for spiritual guidance in creatively using God's word to minister to the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Kilgour
An interesting and valuable point of view. Insights that we in the dominant culture miss.Published 3 months ago by Carol K Everson
I'm reading this book wondering why I've never heard of Bob Ekblad before. His insight is new and thoughtful and provocative. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christi M
An interesting perspective -- God is on the side of those at the margins, and we should be too. Taken to extremes sometimes? Read morePublished 13 months ago by B. Hepp
This book won't appeal to all, especially the (only) Sunday Christians who want a sanitized faith walk. This is a gritty book. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Jim & Sally
This is a fine book that allows us to overhear conversations with those locked out of our presence. Trust is key in his understanding of the life of faith and he reads the bible,... Read morePublished on March 30, 2008 by Philip L. Rugejones
From one who has much experience in the third world and working with people behind bars comes this sharing of insights from people we don't often hear from. Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by Mary Nelson