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Surviving the Bible

Surviving the Bible: A Devotional for the Church Year 2018

Author: 
Christian Piatt (Author)
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Description

A lot of us have tried to read the Bible. And we’ve failed. Christian Piatt has too. But now, using the annual lectionary as his guide, he has put together a devotional that allows us to read through major parts of the Old and New Testaments and finally understand them in plain English. Every week has several Scripture readings, explanations of confusing terms, a story, a deeper dive into interesting themes, and a closing prayer.

You can use it as a weekly study or browse a thematic list for something you’re curious about. It’s an ideal resource to use with a friend or small group, but it’s set up to be accessed by anyone who has enough curiosity, openness, and desire to grow.

Start anywhere. Set it down and come back to it. There’s no "wrong way" to use Surviving the Bible. Engage ancient texts in new ways that make sense, here and now, maybe for the first time. Any way you use it, it’s sure to challenge and inspire.

ISBN: 
9781506420653
Price: 
$18.99
ISBN: 
9781506420660
Price: 
$18.99
Release date: 
November 1, 2017
Pages: 
416
Width: 
5
Height: 
8

Endorsements

A wonderful guide to the words we hear every week, brought home and made to resonate in everyday life.

"Surviving the Bible is a sprightly guide through the liturgical seasons, put in American English, punctuated with pointed references to popular culture, full of insight and rich in wisdom—in all, a wonderful guide to the words we hear every week, which sound distant and a far remove from reality, but here are brought home and made to resonate in everyday life."

John D. Caputo, author of "Hoping against Hope"

Warm, winsome, accessible, and downright fascinating.

"There are two kinds of people who need Surviving the Bible: (1) people who know they are unfamiliar with the world’s most important book, and (2) people who think they know it all. Both will find Christian Piatt’s introductions and reflections to be warm, winsome, accessible, and downright fascinating. He’s a brilliant scholar disguised as your best friend, and he'll help you gain real nourishment from the Bible one small, delicious bite at a time."

Brian D. McLaren, author of "The Great Spiritual Migration"

You'll find yourself less overwhelmed with what to do with the Bible—and just might rediscover a beautiful invitation that has been waiting for you all along.

"If you’re a Christian, the Bible is one the most sacred commonalities we all share. Yet, regardless of how we approach it, we all face some of the same struggles when wrestling with such a massive collection of stories, traditions, and thoughts about the divine. Like Christian Piatt says in Surviving the Bible, what we face is a monumental yet beautifully inspired journey that can only be done one bite at a time. In this thoughtful, and digestible book, you’ll find yourself less overwhelmed with what to do with the Bible—and just might rediscover a beautiful invitation that has been waiting for you all along."

Benjamin L. Corey | author of "Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith"

I had no idea Christian was the Scriptural Sherpa! Get this book and start hiking . . . biblically.

"It is much easier to talk about the Bible than to read it. For real, the Bible can be intimidating. Christian Piatt has managed to jump the hurdles and overcome the hesitations to starting. This book is a textual treat packed full of clarity, humor, and 'biblical' invitations to take and read. I had no idea Christian was the Scriptural Sherpa! Get this book and start hiking . . . biblically."

Tripp Fuller | founder of Homebrewed Christianity podcast network and author of "The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Jesus"

Readers will appreciate the straightforward, conversational tone of the lessons.

"Piatt offers relevant, accessible commentary rooted in sound biblical scholarship. Readers will appreciate the straightforward, conversational tone of the lessons and their invitation to explore the enduring power of these ancient texts to stir us to deeper examination of the world today and our own place in it. I especially enjoyed his 'popping off' sections in the lessons."

Rich Lowery | Christian Theological Seminary

Reading through the Bible in a year is now well within reach for both the dedicated student and recreational theologian.

"Surviving the Bible takes a modern approach to guiding us through an ancient text. Thanks to plain language, thoughtful takeaways, and fun pop-culture connections, reading through the Bible in a year is now far less intimidating and well within reach for both the dedicated student and recreational theologian."

Jamie Wright | author/blogger and The Very Worst Missionary

Piatt serves as a perfect guide, drawing attention to the grand narrative landscape, pointing out the important details, and bridging it all to our everyday lives.

"Many people debate, use, and abuse the Bible without actually taking the time to read its words. Christian Piatt comes to our rescue. Walking alongside us, Piatt serves as a perfect guide, drawing attention to the grand narrative landscape, pointing out the important details, and bridging it all to our everyday lives."

Carol Howard Merritt | pastor and author of "Healing Spiritual Wounds"