Thursday, June 19, 2014

Book Review of Crazy Stories, Sane God by John Alan Turner

Crazy Stories, Sane God: Lessons from the Most Unexpected Places in the Bible
by John Alan Turner
ISBN 978-1-4336-8128-8
B&H Publishing
Reviewed by Clint Walker

When I was a youth pastor, there was several times when I tried to put together a study called "Strange But True Bible Stories". The study was designed to take on issues that one might not otherwise thought about and discussed, as well as to teach people that the Bible is not nearly as boring as they think it is. As a matter of fact, many of the characters in the Bible story sound like they are in a soap opera and not a Sunday School class.

Crazy Stories, Sane God takes on much of the same ground as I did, only much more artfully than I could have done it. The book grabs a hold of several stories and really challenges people to wrestle with the craziness and messiness of human behavior. Also, it shows how God's character is consistent throughout all of our personal drama.

Thoughtful and creative, this would be a great resource for a small group.

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