Chris Tiegreen examines 17 examples from the Bible in which God's people behaved in ways that would indeed be interpreted as ungodly by the casual observer. Now we have the full span of scripture to tell us how things turned out, how God views these people, and how in turn we should see them. But what did it look like up close? What would it look like now if these events took place in modern congregations? Might there be implications here for our own individual faith-walks with Christ?In an attempt to answer these questions Tiegreen deconstructs the shiny, happy, sanitized facades modern church has built around the lives of our spiritual ancestors. Stripping away warm fuzzy explanations, Tiegreen reveals how inappropriate the behaviour of these spirit-led individuals was not only in our own culture, but in theirs as well. In their pursuit of God, behaviour is exhibited which often seems contrary to the scriptural principles we hold dear. All of our best assertions as to what God would never do, who He would never use, or what He would never ask of us are swept downriver in a flood of contrary evidence.The Introduction is striking, fresh, and worth every penny of the purchase price. I was challenged deeply on my own positions and stretched to consider Gods wild ways in new light. I slapped my thigh and exclaimed in delight and wonder on numerous occasions throughout the introductory section - the best Christian non-fiction Ive read this year! The authors premise is clearly laid out in his opening statements with all other chapters serving as illustrative examples. Get a copy and read the first portion if nothing else.Fixing Abraham encourages believers to look beyond their carefully assembled systematic theologies and spiritual guidelines to the One whos really in charge. He doesnt always play safe, predictable, or easy, but if youre willing to follow Him hang on! Youll be drawn into His purposes, chances are they wont be what you expected.
Chris Tiegreens Fixing Abraham is a remarkable book that will put God into the proper perspective as it encourages the reader to see the Lord more clearly and read the Word with greater passion, depth and truth. This thoughtful work of non-fiction begins by telling the reader that weve been looking at Biblical things, things of faith, all wrong. Weve put God into a tiny box and limited His activity. We refuse to admit that we dont always know the answers to spiritual dilemmas. Our interpretation of the Bible (hermeneutics) is flawed. But there is hope for us to change our ways.Tiegreen systematically engages the readers heart, mind and spirit to promote an unquenchable desire for Biblical truth. He shares scholarly techniques and study methods as he reintroduces several heroes of the faith in an attempt to enlighten, educate and guide the reader to a more truthful pursuit of our unfathomable God! This is a remarkable book that casts a revealing light upon the Biblical characters we love, but come to discover that we dont really know at all. Fixing Abraham challenged my defective thinking, opened my eyes to the reality of Gods Word, and pushed me toward a deeper understanding of His character and methods. I have also learned several wonderful Bible study processes that I can use for my own learning and as I prepare to teach others. I will never see the Bible or my Heavenly Father the same way, again.