At first I couldn't tell which side of Christianity Don was on. The crazy extremist and judgmental side or the intelligent relational and loving side...moreAt first I couldn't tell which side of Christianity Don was on. The crazy extremist and judgmental side or the intelligent relational and loving side (which is the one I'm on). Thankfully it didn't take long to figure out which and I was able to relax and enjoy his sarcastic, unique and humorous voice.
My favorite chapters are 2(imposters), 5(naked), 8(lifeboat theory), 9(jesus), 10(the gospel of jesus) and 12(morality). These chapters offered some brilliant insights into Christianity both for believers and non believers.
In chapter 5(naked), his humane approach to Adam & Eve blew me away. Never in all the times that I've heard that story told or even when I've read it myself has anyone ever considered their feelings or what it was like for them after the fall. Instead we all tell or read the stories as a source of where to place the blame for all the hardships mankind faces today. But Miller brought to my attention just how awful it must have been for Adam and Eve to have known what a perfect world was and to be kicked out of it. He even goes so far as to ask and to imagine what it must have felt like for God. I thought that was genius! There are so many more passages with his fascinating insights on how Christianity is a relationship and not a religion with formulas and check off list, something I wish more people knew, and he explains it so well.
Then, of course, there were times that he'd ramble on and on to further elaborate on a point that he'd already perfectly established beforehand and I'm thinking "go back, stop talking. You had me at hello!" But for the most part Miller's views on Christianity, the Bible, etc and the life experiences he used as examples to illustrate his ideas are brilliant and thought provoking. And though my views on Christianity are very much identical to Miller's; he still opened my eyes and my mind to look at Scripture in a new and more relational way.(less)
What can I say? It's the Bible. It's a work of art and pure poetry in motion. To be honest though, there were certain books that put me to sleep becau...moreWhat can I say? It's the Bible. It's a work of art and pure poetry in motion. To be honest though, there were certain books that put me to sleep because of all the repetition. But other than that it is as entertaining as watching a soap opera and as educational and informative as a history book. Not only is it filled with God's promises for our lives but it also contains numerous lessons to be learned and tons of guidelines for how we should be living our everyday lives.
This particular edition or translation is fantastic and I'd recommend it to anyone who desires to read the Bible in a clear concise and beautiful, yet understandable English.(less)
Wonderfully inspirational and encouraging! A very well put together archive of Joyce's most inspiring works. Each daily devotional is precise and to t...moreWonderfully inspirational and encouraging! A very well put together archive of Joyce's most inspiring works. Each daily devotional is precise and to the point!
Always the right message at the right time; it gives me just enough hope to live each day to it's fullest. This books is a blessing in disguise.(less)
This book is filled with sound advice (on becoming a better Christian) within each daily devotional. The only fault is that her scriptures are taken f...moreThis book is filled with sound advice (on becoming a better Christian) within each daily devotional. The only fault is that her scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.
The most annoying thing about any devotional book to me is having to look up the referenced scriptures in the Bible myself. Thankfully that is not this case with this one as she does include the scriptures on which her devotions are based. But as mentioned before a major drawback is that they are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. This is a difficult translation and I either waste time reading it over and over again to get the gist of it or I have to look it up in a simpler translation of the Bible. She would have faired better and her devotionals would have had more of an impact if she'd backed them up using a simpler translation of the scripture. Her choice to use KJV takes this book out of the beginner level straight into intermediate and thus isolates a lot of potential readers that could have benefited from her brilliant devotionals.(less)