Any time I read a book by Anne Hamilton I find she makes me confront some ideas I had not encountered or thought about before. I particularly loved the story of the Maori people who initially had no word for forgiveness. But only knew payback and the cultural obstacle this caused for missionaries. The same with the Vikings.
Anne goes on to tackle a verse in Ephesians that manages to get a lot of people, particularly women, offside. The main reason for that is, as she explains, a misunderstanding of what the verse is saying. I had heard the explanation Anne arrived at, once before in a talk by someone else but I felt it was far more clearly and comprehensively explained in this book than in the talk.
The illustration about geese is another one that stayed in my mind, so much so that I ended up writing a poem about geese. Yet it is not really about geese at all, but learning from them. The geese come into play a bit further in the book too as a cheer squad – a great image. Have I whetted your appetite to read this book yet? To my mind it one that many of us could do with reading as it clears up what can often is misunderstandings of verses and concepts.
Anne makes her points eloquently and uses clear illustrations. I loved the one about the gold box of kisses and the way she applies it to Psalm 2. I admit to being challenged to try the Christmas celebration idea with our family.
Anne is very well read and, as anyone who has read her other books will know, she introduces examples from legends, poetry, nature and various sources that invariably shed more light on the Bible and our understanding of God. This book is a treasure trove of ideas. If you want a book that will make you think, that will challenge you and bear, no more than likely require, more than one reading then this book is for you. And how about the cover? Isn’t it gorgeous?