Summary Of The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read The Bible

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The book reviewed below is The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, the author is Scot McKnight, and Zondervan in Grand Rapids, Michigan, published this book in 2008. This book’s organization exists in four parts that discuss three questions and one statement, and each item stands as a subtitle in The Blue Parakeet. The first subtitle stands as Story: What is the Bible?, the second subsists as Listening: What do I do with the Bible?, the third exists as Discerning: How do I Benefit from the Bible?, and the fourth is Women in Church Ministries today. The book begins with two chapters of introduction, the first part has three chapters, the second part consists of three chapters, the third part has two chapters, and the fourth part …show more content…
One of the first point McKnight interacts with is that as a studier of the Bible, one cannot take shortcuts in understanding the Bible. If one wants to put a label on the Bible that it is just a book of law, or a book to read to receive spiritual blessing that person will have the wrong perception of the Scriptures. McKnight gives a short answer of the former question, by saying that the Bible is God’s story that must read in the context of the Scriptures itself. This concept of reading scripture then leads into the next question, how does one read the Bible. McKnight says a quite profound statement in this section relating reading the Bible; he says that the Christian has the responsibility to live out what the Bible says by going backward to go forward. In this paragraph, one sees that McKnight wants the reader to look at the entire story of Scripture, so that one obtains a clearer image living out Scripture in the future. The last idea that McKnight communicates that foreshadows to the first question asks another question that wonders about the inner workings of the Bible. McKnight suggests that the entire Bible follows a plot that starts with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in their entirety playing apart in creating Eikons of themselves, which are humans. This part is …show more content…
McKnight expresses his thesis in the beginning of his work, and he sticks to it throughout the entire book, which allows the reader to grasp the concepts presented in a palatable way. McKnight repeats himself multiple times saying that God spoke in a person’s ways in that person’s days, which helps the reader to remember McKnight’s main point, but this repetition creates a monotonous tone that drags along the literary effects of the thesis. Other than the literary tool that I believe McKnight over uses, I believe that he wrote clearly and communicated his thesis effectively. I agree that as followers of Jesus and of the teachings of the Scriptures, we must not read to only retrieve or be consumeristic in our approach to Scripture, but rather coming alongside the intended meaning of God and the author by listening and discerning the truths of Scripture. In addition, I wholeheartedly agree with McKnight in his stance of women in ministry and that by changing our mindset from opposing to a way of mutual thinking we can then establish a community that focuses on the oneness that God created us to be

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