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Book Impressions: Fixing Abraham by Chris Tiegreen

January 16, 2013

Fixing Abraham: How Taming Our Bible Heroes Blinds us to the Wild Ways of God by Chris Tiegreen. Salt River, February 19, 2009. 224 pages.

“Abraham, why don’t you give up sheepherding and go into the ministry?”

“He’s not a tame lion. But he is good,” said Mr. Tumnus. These words from C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series come easily to our minds–a little too easily in fact. It is easy to talk about God’s wildness, but a good deal harder to actually experience it.

I picked this book up for a dollar at the Baptist Bookstore, and it was a providential find. Chris Tiegreen focuses on characters and events in the Bible that seem strange, weird and even “unbiblical” to us. At the beginning of each chapter he has a short fictional vignette that resets a Bible story into a modern context. The vignettes are both funny and convicting. In the remaining part of the chapter, Tiegreen examines how the life and actions of different characters–Isaiah, Ruth, Paul, Jesus–run afoul of our “biblical” principles that are often not actually taken from the Bible.

The book is refreshing in that it allows us to see the radical nature of the Bible, taken away from its connection with “Churchianity.” In reading this book, Tiegreen helps us see the truly dramatic and unique ways that God acts in history. It is also a convicting reminder that God uses the weak and foolish people of the world to accomplish his will. Tiegreen’s discussion of the way that the Bible and Jesus talk about miracles vs. the way that modern Christians often view them is worth the price of the book, and should give pause to Christians who automatically dismiss anything coming out of the more Charismatic side of the faith as hocus-pocus. In short, this book is well-worth reading, and I would recommend it to any Christian who wants to see the way that God acts  in the world more clearly.

And if you like this book, you might also like The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancey

Current Listenings: Rubber Factory by The Black Keys, thickfreakness by the Black Keys, The Big Come Up by The Black Keys, “So He Won’t Break” by The Black Keys (as you can tell, I’ve been on a Black Keys kick lately.)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2013 3:08 am

    I feel like I need to go back and see if there is another copy. Good find on your part.

  2. January 17, 2013 3:33 am

    Great snapshot of this book! It’ll be in my shopping cart on Amazon… or in the mail very soon.

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