The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages

The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages

edited by Andrew Blauner Hardcover, 296 pages; 2015
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Perusing these thoughtful and provocative reflections on biblical passages by thirty-two prominent writers and public thinkers, I was most struck by the myriad strong reactions this ancient text elicits, and not always from the faithful. (In fact, in the introduction to this unique anthology, Adam Gopnik takes as a given that "almost nothing that happened in [the Bible] actually happened.") But the close readings and personal stories that each author shares - from Lois Lowry's touching tale of finding comfort in the book of Ruth after the death of her son, to the unexpected insight into fatherhood that lifelong atheist Ian Caldwell finds in the Gospel of Luke, to a diatribe against the "Good Book" and its societal effects by Robert Coover - serve as a testament to the Bible's continued relevance in modern life. As Kathleen Norris says in her entry, "The Bible has a way of reaching out and grabbing us when we least expect it." It's intelligent, thought-provoking fare for devout and skeptical readers alike. (AG)

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