Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book Review: Ginny Owens and Andrew Greer's Trandscending Mysteries

Andrew Greer and Ginny Owens teamed up for Transcending Mysteries, which is apart of a series of thoughts on the Bible that also includes the book, Divided. In this book they discuss how to take the Old Testament and make applicable themes that hold with the transition of time. Continuing the relevance of the Old Testament with the New Testament they share own instances of their lives, and how stories from the Old Testament moved with them personally.

Ginny Owens hails from Jackson, Mississippi.  I found her parts of the book a bit more interesting. I think hearing about her personal thoughts on chapters she used, and how she has found them to have messages toward her life is moving. She had been involved in lots of social work outside of her songwriting and performing career. In helping around her community she contributed to helping rebuild New Orleans with organizations she is involved in. While she talks about everything from going legally blind at a young age to being single.

Andrew Greer is from Texas, and currently lives in Nashville Tennessee. He is also a singer and songwriter. He contributes some personal stories about himself, but most of the time he utilizes stories from what his siblings have experienced to shed light on themes from the Old Testament transcending in his family.

On to some more critical thought though, it was hard for me to read this book. I felt a certain depth was lacking from the transition of using the Old Testament stories and their personal stories. I also find it a bit dangerous to take the reading of the Bible as they are doing. It's taking specific stories in certain contextual times, and applying them to specific instances in your life. It might cause one to force a theme or narrative to your own life from scripture in the name of God without taking in specific surroundings of then.

I'm not saying they write about anything harmful, but it could lead to some harmful jumps in conclusions for those reading. I never felt it hit deep enough to take on what they indicate they are trying to tackle with this book. It seems to huge and needs more description upon itself to do it. Also, the fact that it jumps back and forth between two authors who are using various scripture runs you down a bit. I didn't enjoy following it, nor felt like I was reading anything insightful.

I also think these types of books should be left to people who study it. I believe that Owens and Greer are intelligent people, and they can make conclusions and insights that needed to be heard, but when writing a book like this it tips the scales in maybe an authorized theologian tackling it. We can all be theologians in our personal lives, and vent it to our friends, families, or even on blogs, but when making a book you're going to sale to the public you might want a firmer root to who is sharing the knowledge. If I had bought this I would be disappointed in the lack of contextual consideration and description.

The only thing left to be said is that I felt you could read the Bible just as well and make your conclusions about who God is, and what he might want from you.

This book was provided by Book Look Bloggers in exchange for a review.

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