A Crazy, Holy Grace is a solid compilation of my favorite Buechner themes.
While we may wish for a clear, perspicuous text, that’s not what God gave us. Instead, God gave us a cacophony of vices and perspectives, all in conversation with one another, representing the breadth and depth of the human experience in all its complexities and contradictions.
In the Bible, wisdom is rarely presented as a single decision, belief, or rule, but rather as a “way” or “path” that the sojourner must continually discern amid the twists and turns of life.
I was once challenged to sum it (the gospel) up in a tweet. But it strikes me as fruitless to try and turn the gospel into a statement when God so clearly gave us a story – or more precisely, a person.
Indeed, in Scripture, no two people encounter Jesus in exactly the same way. Not once does anyone pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” or ask Jesus into their heart…..The gospel is like a mosaic of stories, each one part of a larger story, yet beautiful and truthful on its own. There’s no formula. No blueprint.
I’ve followed Rachel Held Evans for a long time now, but never actually read one of her books. I’ve started, but not finished. Until this one. Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again was exactly what I needed right now.
….It’s like how perennial plants seem to die in the winter, but really, they’re just waiting till everything is alright again. Maybe it’s not such a surprise that there’s strength in the cold. Maybe sometimes the strongest thing of all is knowing that one day you’ll be all right again, and waiting and waiting until you can come out into the sun.
I really really liked this story for 2/3 of my read through and then it took me on a plot trail I didn’t think fit so well, but it’s a great book for the themes of hope and mental health and science and miracles, and I think most of all – friendship.
I listened to a couple podcasts this past week with fabulous book talk for summer reading:
Jen Hatmaker’s For The Love of Summer podcast: You, A Book, And A Beach: Must-Have Summer reads from the Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Anne Bogel
Just The Right Book Podcast with Roxanne Coady: Roxanne’s 22 Must-Read Books for the Summer
I filled my library hold list (and Ryan’s, but don’t tell him).
But it seems I’ve got plenty to read while I wait……