- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: SaltRiver (February 19, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414321724
- ISBN-13: 978-1414321721
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Fixing Abraham: How Taming Our Bible Heroes Blinds Us to the Wild Ways of God Paperback – February 19, 2009
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When we read about our Biblical heroes such as Abraham, David and Solomon, for example, we tend to forget about their all-too-human acts and misbehavior. This book by writer Christ Tiegreen takes a look at these guys in a modern context. I'll give one example, but you'll have to get the book to see the others.
In one chapter the author sets the scene of a conversation between two men, officials in a ministry destroyed when their leader falls into blatant and public immorality. The ministry is ruined, the leader disgraced, and now these two men are contemplating a warehouse full of products that no one will ever buy. Even if the leader repents and is forgiven, can he ever return to the ministry? Will the public allow that? Okay, you've got the picture, I'm sure.
Now, let's take a look at Solomon. Or David. Either one will work. David? He committed adultery with a married woman then ordered her husband killed so he could marry her. Sure, we all know that yet we still revere his as a man whom God loved. Same with Solomon.
But put either one of them in today's culture, what would happen? Would we go to the bookstore to buy and read David's Psalms after we learned about his sin? Or Solomon's Proverbs? Or Song of Songs, or Ecclesiastes? Or would we begin to question the words we once loved and cherished and look on them now with suspicion? After all, David was an adulterer and a murderer.
"If Solomon had been teaching and writing today and then faltered as he did, Proverbs would be thrown into the evangelical Dumpster."
I'm going to stop here. You really need to read this book. It will give you a whole new perspective.
Oh! Consider this: Mary, Jesus' mother, today--engaged but unmarried, pregnant yet still a virgin
The author's chapter four hit home with me especially. I am definitely one of those skeptical Christians who sees an evangelical "fall" in the public eye and immediately dismisses any of the good work they had done up to that point and judge there motives for doing their work in the first place. As the author discusses, King Solomon and David would be condemned in the same way. Yet, we don't judge their writings or their wisdom in the Bible as hogwash even though they were not perfect men.
Throughout the book, the author discusses various Biblical characters and how they would be viewed in the world today. I think one of things I enjoyed about this book was that it's not your typical Christian non fiction read. In fact, I already know a few people I'd like to recommend this book to. It had me totally thinking "outside the box" in trying to understand God's character and would be a great book to discuss in Bible studies.
Yet this very scenario is one of the foundational events found in the book of Genesis. Abraham's obedience to the command of God resulted in his standing in God's books as a man of great faith. God was impressed, but was anyone else? In Fixing Abraham Chris Tiegreen examines 17 examples from the Bible in which His people behaved in odd, puzzling and ways that would indeed be interpreted as ungodly by the casual observer. Now we have the full span of scripture to tell us how things turned out, how God views these people, and how in turn we should see them. But what did it look like up close? What would it look like now if these events took place in modern congregations? Might there be implications here for our own individual faith-walks with Christ?
In an attempt to answer these questions Tiegreen deconstructs the shiny, happy, sanitized facades modern church has built around the lives of our spiritual ancestors. Stripping away warm fuzzy explanations, Tiegreen reveals how inappropriate the behaviour of these spirit-led individuals was not only in our own culture, but in theirs as well. In their pursuit of God, behaviour is exhibited which often seems contrary to the scriptural principles we hold dear.Read more ›
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He reads too much into Scripture. Comes with preconceived notions and unpacks them where they don't belong.Published 16 months ago by R. Faz
Chris is such an amazing author and so in touch with the subject he is writing about. Very insightful and anyone who reads it will be very blessed.Published on December 20, 2013 by Bradley Fritz
very thought provoking and right on target. Issues that are not easily dealt with but which require an honest approach to life as a believer in Jesus Christ.Published on May 16, 2013 by William P. Mial