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Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey Hardcover – September 29, 2009
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The text is driven by dialog as much as narrative, so the author gives the reader a "you-are-there" kind of experience. I appreciate that she allows her subjects to lead her discussions and suggest spiritual insights, rather than try to force them to adhere to a proscribed set of answers that she wants to convey.
I gave the book a middling rating, though, because the author's golly-gee-whiz tone got on my nerves. She gets all giggly about driving a "ginormous" tractor and gushes about skinning tomatoes in a canning session. We also get cringe-inducing conversations with her husband: "Leif, what am I doing?" I asked. "You're being Margaret," he answered with a smile. "And I love that about you." The woman is an author, a teacher and a professional speaker. Why she would want to come off as a ditzy teenager? I would take her more seriously if she sounded more mature.
The insights Ms. Feinberg arrives at are worth considering, especially what she learns about the meaning of giving our "first fruits" to God. But when she attempts to apply them to her own life, too often they sound trite -- and sometimes puzzling -- for being too general. For example, what does she mean when she says "all too often I find myself in a rush, even wanting to do things to hasten the end of days." It sounds like she's trying to bring on the Second Coming. Surely that can't be the case.Read more ›
For many of us lay readers, such as myself, we have come to expect theocratic or feel good modern translations of scripture. It is refreshing to get a look at them from the eyes of one who spent time with the people and natural surroundings from which they drew inspiration.
This book has reinvigorated my desire for scriptural study by making it accessible and clear without having my MDiv degree. I appreciated her experiences with the various farmers and keepers who ,through modest work, exhibit Godly talents. Especially since the people she sought were not groomed nor their lives "glammed" up to be preachy or self indulgent.
Exactly the qualities Ms. Feinberg has demonstrated time and again and just the reason I scout her books when they hit the shelf. This book will satsfy the neophyte, advanced and non Christian reader alike.
Bottom line: well worth the read!
A few weeks ago I picked up Scouting the Divine and I want to highly recommend it. Here's why. Margaret loves God. She's real. She understands people. She writes really well. Her stuff helps grow a mature Christian and is accessible to those who are just 'looking around'. Scouting the Divine has Margaret and Leif traveling to visit people who do all those interesting things people in the Bible did. Margaret met a shepherdess in Oregon, walked the fields with a Nebraska farmer, picked grapes in the wine country of California, and hung up with a Colorado bee keeper. Margaret calls Scouting the Divine "an intentional search for spiritual things that can be touched, tasted, heard, seen, smelled and savored." She's hoping that we'll be inspired to 'scout for the divine' in our own lives.
Now here's what's cool about this book. After reading it the Bible comes alive in fresh ways. That's always good. But you also walk away with a deeper appreciation for the lives of those who do ordinary things well and with deep heart conviction. You end up with this intense appreciation for the people Margaret and Leif met and a sense of thankfulness for the work they do. There were some real 'God moments' for me in every chapter.
I'll read this book again. Probably use it with a small group.
Pick it up. Buy a few extra copies. You'll want to give them away to friends.
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It was like fresh bread from Heaven!! Definitely worth the read, you won't be disappointed at all, so good. Great perspective!!Published 6 days ago by L
Scouting the Divine is an engaging read that helps Christians connect familiar passages of Scripture with the realities of agriculture in a way that provides both insight and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this book! It gives such great illustrations of how our Heavenly Father loves and cares for us.Published 1 month ago by footprintsrrk
This book gives the reader a much deeper understanding of several of the themes in the Bible. Things are explained through visits to modern day versions of some of the vocations in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adrienne L. Herrell
Margaret Feinberg was a speaker at the Women of Joy conference in Myrtle Beach, and she was an inspiring speaker. Had to have her book because I just couldn't get enough!Published 2 months ago by C. Poindexter
I received this as a birthday gift and am now buying it for my friends for their birthdays. The writing style is easy to read, yet the truths are profound. Read morePublished 4 months ago by scrappnshelly