Guerrilla Gospel Paperback – August 15, 2018
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"Bob Ekblad has done it again! He has offered practical, spirit-filled, biblically deep principles and strategies to take the truth of God's scripture to bring transformation in real life both inside and out. I highly recommend this book as a strategy for kingdom come in your own community!"
- Danielle Strickland, speaker, author and justice advocate
"This book is a valuable resource for all who yearn to participate in God's subversive and revolutionary work. Throughout Bob Ekblad offers anecdotes from his decades of experience in diverse contexts. Bob embodies what he writes about. The stories he tells embody guerrilla interpretation; they are the flesh and blood of the guerrilla gospel."
- Gerald O. West, Senior Professor of Biblical Studies, University of Kwazulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
"Bob Ekblad is one of my heroes. I try to write down whatever he says and I try to read whatever he writes. In this latest book he brings the Bible to life as only he can - from the margins. It'll change you profoundly."
- Pete Greig, 24-7 Prayer International and Emmaus Rd, Guildford UK
About the Author
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1546671366
- ISBN-13 : 978-1546671367
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.44 x 9 inches
- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 15, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,964,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- Robert Thornton Henderson -
The principal method of communication in guerrilla engagement with the enemy is - bible study! In his background study to our actions as we bring Good News, Bob Ekblad gives an outline of the way God himself operates an undercover system, firstly through Israel, before himself entering clandestinely into the world in person. How did Jesus act, and how can we follow him? A detailed example of Jesus in operation behind enemy lines is givens in a very fine exposition of his encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Bob models here in detail how to read the Bible in a way which counters common misconceptions; he then gives practical and spiritual principles of preparation for Guerrilla Bible Studies suitable for any group of potential recruits. Jesus’ followers also need a range of weapons for engagement with the enemy – ‘spiritual gifts’ – as well as training in how to use them, so this is the closing chapter; Bob gives examples from his own ministry as well as discussing the bible texts.
I would say the book works in two directions. Firstly, it is profoundly inspirational in its combination of theology and application; secondly, it is undoubtedly of great value as an instructional work on leading bible studies. While Bob’s previous works have focused very much on reaching marginalized people (Reading the Bible with the Damned), here he is explicitly aware of more general applications. This book is every bit as moving as his previous works, so readers familiar with those will not want to miss out; for new readers – it is hard to recommend the book too highly.
Bob Ekblad’s new book, Guerrilla Gospel: Reading the Bible for Liberation in the Power of the Spirit, is a sequel to his 2005 Reading the Bible with the Damned. One might call it a prequel. Whereas the first book recalled fascinating and impactful Bible studies with the inmates at Skagit County Jail, the new book is a detailed and lively instruction manual. It proposes to teach advocates of marginalized people how to do what Bob has done with the inmates. Furthermore, in the 12 years between the two books he has added more “tools to his toolbox.”
Since most of his conversations occur in Skagit County Jail with Hispanic inmates, in Spanish or bilingually, Ekblad utilizes a liberation motif of guerilla warfare to convey his teaching. Even though he uses warlike terms, he reminds the listeners that Comandante Jesus is non-violent in rescuing people trapped in enemy pitfalls or conventional theological territory. Jesus seeks out those who think of themselves as undeserving and unprepared and invites them into his Kingdom. Ekblad devotes the whole of chapter four to Jesus’ gentle but purposeful conversation with the woman at Jacob’s well, as recounted in the Gospel of John chapter 4. Had Ekblad been speaking to a more educated or wealthy audience, his contextualization might have used a different metaphor, for example wind, as Jesus interacts with Nicodemus the night visitor in John chapter 3. Ekblad demonstrates sensitivity to another non-guerrilla context when he flexibly pivots to the metaphor of midwife in Chapter 8. Seeing the context of each audience, and looking where the Holy Spirit is going, Ekblad draws an appropriate metaphor from each context.
Part Two is specifically the training manual. Chapters 5 and 6 lead us to spiritual vision and hearing in contemplative prayer with the Holy Spirit, our Counselor and Advocate. Chapter 7 challenges us to learn to pray without ceasing in the Spirit. Building on these firm foundations, Chapter 8 guides Bible study facilitators to consider their audience and setting. Chapter 9 urges facilitators to allow gifts of the Spirit to emerge in Bible study, the greatest practical advance since Reading the Bible with the Damned.
If you say you have seen these steps in other introductions to leading a Bible study, you would be right as far as that goes. What makes Ekblad’s book unique is its integration of familiar and unfamiliar tools that God gives Bible teachers. His exposure to global Christianity tastes streams of prayer, meditation, contemplation, charismatic, Pentecostal, theological, activist, and academic resources to combine them into liberating Bible study with eyes on Jesus. Ekblad bases his method on the entire Bible, which makes reading his book a Bible study adventure in itself.