Two Book Reviews

TWO BOOK REVIEWS

Faith Lies  By Darrell Smith

and

Love, God by Deborah Simons Roslak

and Linda J. Orber

“After this many disciples turn3ed their backs and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve ‘Do you want to go away to?’ Simon Peter answered him, “Lord where shall we go, you have the words of eternal life.” John 6:66-68

    Reverend Smith in Faith Lies challenges the ideas of fundamentalism, where the Bible is looked upon as the “literal Word of God.” He points out that taking the literal approach to the Bible is one in which we are afraid to look outside the box, and how destructive that approach is to ourselves, and others. When we take the Bible or any  philosophy, theory, or political concepts  literally we limit ourselves and set ourselves up as judge and jury. 

    The Great Commandment: ‘Thou shalt love the Lord your God with all of your strength, soul, and mind and your neighbor as yourself.” is the heart of the Gospel, and in doing so we live out the way of Jesus. To truly live, to truly grow, we need to open our minds and spirits to others with out judgment, and show love.

    Love, God,   is a book of what we commonly call devotions which  for me has become and invitation to God’s loving presence. We deepen our relationship with God through a centering on Scripture and writings of saints both living and dead who offers us an approach of non-judgment, and challenges us to open up  to people, to open to God, as a God with many faces. This is a book that I will continually use because it is one that brings comfort and hope.

    Both these books remind me of my call to ministry. Many times both yesterday and today I doubt my ministry, I doubt myself, but ultimately I come back to “Where else can I go?” “Who has the words of eternal life to eternal life.”  For me only Jesus, the Jesus of many faces!

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

415-305-2124

San Francisco, CA 94164

www.temenos.org

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