Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Skeletons in God's Closet by Joshua Butler

Another book tackling the issue of hell, war, an image of a violent God, and other "hot button topics" surrounding the church.

Butler does a fantastic job unpacking these issues. His writing style is very easy and comfortable. While this book feels thick, you'll find yourself sitting on the couch being unable to put this down because he pulls you along with gentleness.

While he's not as in-your-face as a Rob Bell, I'm sure some Fundamentalists will not be happy with his words. Butler will stretch you. He will create moments for deep, clear thinking. It's almost a pastoral book in that, again, you simply feel at ease reading about such divisive topics.

Why does God command so much violence in the Old Testament? Why does God send good people to hell? What about...

This book immerses itself in these questions, and others, and answers them in a worthy manner.

This would be a great book to give to a friend who wonders these things. This would be a great book if you have found yourself pondering such questions. While you may not totally agree with everything Butler says, he'll help you formulate your thoughts. He'll help you better understand why things were said and what they meant.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Thomas Nelson Publishing.

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