Tuesday, March 3, 2015

#REVIEW: Meeting God in Mark by Rowan Williams

Title: Meeting God in Mark
Series: none
Author:  Rowan Douglas Williams
Published Date: Jan 2, 2015
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Format: ebook
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780664260521
Genre: biblical study
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Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: "Meeting God in Mark" explores the essential meaning and purpose of Mark's Gospel for beginners who may be curious about the Gospels and want to learn more, as well as for those who've read the Gospel many times before and want to see it in a fresh light.

This beautifully written book by beloved Anglican Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, is packed with illuminating spiritual insights, and the focus on the Passion narrative makes this ideal as a Lenten devotional or study resource. Each of the three chapters includes questions for reflection. The end of the book includes a reading guide, reflection, and prayer for each of the seven weeks of Lent.

My Review: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is very short, but considering it is dealing with two short things (the shortest Gospel and only a 40 day space of time), it makes sense. The author doesn’t make it wordy or drag it out to get a bigger word count in, which I certainly appreciate.
In this book, the author truly delves deeply into two big issues of the gospel. One is the fact that throughout this gospel, Jesus in trying to keep people hushed up about the idea he is a Messiah. The other one is the cliffhanger ending to the gospel. Was it intentional? The author seems to think so, given the brevity of the gospel.

Overall, I found it to be an interesting book about a gospel that is often overlooked.

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