When I first received this book, I was pretty eager to begin reading it. I love the cover - the colors, design and the smooth feel of the paper are all very appealing.
For me, that's where the appeal stopped. I felt this was a very dry book. It wasn't at all a page-turner. There were some good points in it - the typical do-good-things, be-nice-to-others type stuff - but I didn't find anything particularly fresh or new.
I think the original story is strong enough to stand on its own to teach us valuable principles. I didn't find that Mr. Litton's "parables" enhanced that at all.
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When Jesus wanted to make a point, he often utilized parables, stories to illustrate his intentions. Stories are memorable and often easier to understand than just saying something straight out. This is what Matt Litton does in The Mockingbird Parables. More than likely, few of us have spent much time wondering over the spiritual and moral lessons in Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird since we were required to do so in high school or college. Litton dissects Lee's original masterpiece character by character and scene by scene.
The Mockingbird Parables is readable, sensitive, thoughtful, and detailed. It makes one rethink the true meaning of being a neighbor, building a community, and leaving society better than one found it. Litton makes more parallels between the Christian faith and Lee's book than I imagined possible, but in doing so, he makes both living and real. Christian literary teachers, The Mockingbird Parables is excellent holiday reading and will add a new depth to your American literature lectures.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from Tyndale; the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
The Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives through the Power of Story by Matt Litton is based on the characters and events from the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I must start off saying that I highly recommend this book! When I first started reading, I wasnt sure if I would have to read To Kill a Mockingbird (since I havent read the book in a long time), but I soon realized that there was no need.The author uses parables (i.e. short parts of the story) from To Kill a Mockingbird along with his own life stories and relates these parables to passages from the Bible, and in doing so, makes some good, down-to-earth points that everyone can relate to and think about. The main points of the book are loving our neighbors, building community, influencing society, having compassion, and being a good Christian (from the Bibles standpoint not the worlds.) Each chapter is broken down into smaller parts that are all based on the same theme.Matt Litton uses short, yet to-the-point, stories about different aspects of Christ-like attitudes and behaviors that we should all strive to possess. I personally believe that everyone who reads this book will be able to find numerous aspects in their own lives that could use a little work, and be able to think of ways to make themselves more Christ-like.This book is a great book, and I think it would make a good small group Bible study, also. (At the back of the book, there are a few questions to go along with each of the chapters.) The only things that I would change about the book are: add a few more Bible verses and remove the word freaking (I personally dont feel it belongs in a Christian-themed book.)Disclosure of Material Connection: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
There is much scriptural references and speak of God. It really shows us how to treat Gods creations, people and the earths growing and living things. This book could open up some debating between family and friends, or maybe just have you look at things a bit differently than your use to. Maybe you will have a light bulb moment or you will find something you disagree with. What ever the case maybe, this is a good book that will evoke thought.If you have never read How To Kill A Mockingbird, I have not but will, I am thinking this book might cause you to read it differently than if you would have having never read Mr. Littons book first. The Mr. Litton wrote this book because of how To Kill a Mockingbird spoke to him, more on a spiritual level. The book was written based on the authors translation of the story and people, not what the book To Kill A Mockingbirds meaning. Mr. Litton expresses his own thoughts of the characters and stories behind them. I received this book for free for an honest review from Tyndale.
Litton starts the book off by telling us about his background with To Kill a Mockingbird. How the story captivated him, how he has returned to the novel again and again, and how he currently returns to it with his students every year. How as he got older, he started seeing far more spiritual significance in the story.Chapters focus on a character, or an event, and what that means to our present society, particularly believers. Litton is covering a lot of ground with the stories he pulls from the book. He talks about the scenes from To Kill a Mockingbird with great familiarity -- if you haven't read it, or it's been awhile, you might want to re-read the novel first.Litton not only pulls from the novel, but he talks about how he has been influenced by the characters and situations throughout his life. What I loved most was some of his reflections on how he saw things as a young teen, vs. what he thought as a college student, vs. what he thought as a parent. I loved how how this "felt" -- you know, what you get out of the book is going to change with time and life experiences.This has made me really anxious to read the novel with my boys, and be able to discuss it more spiritually. Questions in the study guide in the back include ones like "How can we learn more about God and ourselves by spending time outdoors?" or "How does your faith affect or transform our definition of courage?"I enjoyed this book. It was a pretty easy read, which I needed. Maybe a bit too easy, actually. Much of the scripture quotations use The Message, which is not my favorite version of the Bible, or even one I generally consider acceptable. (He does also quote the NIV, NASB, and NKJV.) In spite of being easy to read, it still challenged me -- am I a positive influence on my society? Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received.