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The Birds Our Teachers

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John Stott traces his lifelong love of bird-watching back to boyhood country walks with his father, who told him to shut his mouth and open his eyes and ears. Because of those lessons in observation, Stott now carries his binoculars and camera with him everywhere he travels. Of the 9,000 different bird species in the world, Stott estimates he has seen about 2,500! In this ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Baker Books (first published November 1st 1999)
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Mark Nenadov
Nov 19, 2014 Mark Nenadov rated it it was amazing
In the last little while, a lot of people have been speaking about the recent death of Anglican Christian leader John Stott.

I wonder, however, how many of these people actually know about one of the biggest passions in his life? I wonder how many realize that he was also an avid bird watcher?

So much so, in fact, that John Stott actually wrote a book called The Birds Our Teachers: Biblical Lessons From A Lifelong Bird-Watcher. But not only did he write the book, showing amazing knowledge of birds
Luke Hanes
Sep 16, 2015 Luke Hanes rated it it was amazing
As a pastor & birder this book was pretty much perfect for me - only thing missing was a chapter relating the Portland Timbers to birds & God ;)
John Stott must've had a lot of fun putting this book together. He stretched the metaphors a bit on a couple chapters, but all `n all I really appreciated this work. I learned more about birds in general than I expected and I definitely learned there are more metaphors in the scriptures regarding birds than I previously knew. I'm thankful Jesus t
Bret James Stewart
Oct 24, 2016 Bret James Stewart rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading John Stott’s books, so I expected to like this one. And I did. The author uses birds of various types and/or their behaviour to represent Christian qualities/characteristics of God. This anecdotal approach is positive in that it provides both a frame of reference to talk about the attributes of God in a fresh way and sparks the imagination of the reader to think about foundational subjects in a new light.

The book is hardcover, graced with beautiful cover and interior art—mostly
Kathleen Dixon
I have struggled reading this book and so have taken months. First of all I had it by my bed, but everything else was just more interesting. Then I took it out to the Vault (my study at the back of the garage) to dip into when I wanted a little break from studying, and that worked a bit, but not much. Finally I brought it back inside because there's no way I want to move house with this still unfinished.

The trouble with it is that the concept is lovely. And the photographs and the bits of inform
Scott Cox
It has been many years since I've read a commentary by the British theologian Dr. John R.W. Stott, so I was quite surprised to receive this book as a gift. I was equally surprised to learn that Dr. Stott is a birding enthusiast! This book combines devotional topics on faith with information on the birds which characterize each faith-element (Stott calls this "orni-theology"). One of the more interesting chapters was entitled "The Drinking of Pigeons: Gratitude." In this chapter, Stott notes that ...more
Jan 13, 2009 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I really enjoyed this book. Although I read it from cover to cover, it's really more of a coffee-table sort of book, as it's full of gorgeous glossy pictures, and is very easy to read. The theological content is very light and easy (but still important to remember!), and it makes a beautiful read. I was particularly pleased with the extra pages between chapters about birds, especially the penguins, as they're my favourite. There are lots of fascinating facts about different species of birds to ...more
A.C. Bauch
Apr 24, 2012 A.C. Bauch rated it liked it
i've heard a lot about john stott from my husband, so i was eager to read some of his work. since i've always liked birds, i looked forward to learning more about them, especially as they relate to God. indeed, i learned much about both, but i felt the book was somewhat scattered at times. maybe my brain wasn't wanting to bridge the gaps? regardless, for anyone who loves birds and loves the Lord, this book will prove to be an enjoyable, quick read (btw, haven't watched the dvd yet, which might ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Kw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent photography, interesting tidbits to go along with that, and spiritual lessons based on the Bible. (I love that he quotes Spurgeon several times, so now I need to read something He wrote.)
John Stott did a masterful job of sharing his favorite hobby, as he continued to minister faithfully. I got to attend his church many years ago, and it was crammed full. They had to bring in chairs for us at the back. A great speaker is often a great writer and his non-coffee-tables books are excellent
Dec 30, 2014 Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a wonderful read! I know that I will cherish it for years to come. I really enjoyed the author's playful and bird nerdy comparisons of scripture to his experiences observing birds. I found this book to be fun, readable, and insightful. There was a good mixture of natural and scriptural insights shared. I totally recommend this book to any person who has a love for birds.
Nov 07, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it
Short little blurbs on birds and fruits of the Spirit or attributes. Each one is comforting or amazing or encouraging. Comes with a DVD that I haven't been able to watch yet, but I look forward to it. Book includes a lot of photos!
Nov 26, 2012 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! I now understand the respect for this man named John Stott. Now I need to find a way to watch the DVD!
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Liked it! A very nice idea, good organisation, and sweet references to spiritual life.
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John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books, including Why I ...more
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