Selling Water by the River: Book Giveaway

 

What does he mean, the Bible as metaphor? Mama asked.

Oh. You know, I answered. If I say you have feet like an elephant. I don’t mean that you literally have the feet of an elephant. It’s just wording to convey a certain something. This fellow is saying that maybe some stories in the Bible aren’t meant to be literal but intended to convey a certain truthful principle.

Like what? Mama asked.

Like Noah and the ark, I answered. Maybe that’s just a myth handed down through the generations. Maybe the point isn’t that Noah really took a gazillion animals in a boat, but about God’s faithfulness and devotion to us.

A pastor wrote that? Mama asked. She seemed surprised.

Yes. Shane Hipps.

I didn’t tell Mama that some people say Shane Hipps preaches satanic apostasy. Name-calling seems to be the S.O.P. anytime we disagree with anyone. What can I say? It’s the Christians way.

I did tell Mama that Hipps believes that Jesus elevated some of the commandments over the others, specifically Jesus said loving God and loving others are the two most important things we can do in life. All other commandments ought to be filtered through those two.

It’s difficult to find a book to read to the sick and dying. I mean, what do you read other than Randy Alcorn’s Heaven? Most books in Christian bookstores are all about how to improve one’s life. Get control of the fiances. Mend broken relationships. Improve the marriage. Heal hurts with children. All worthy topics but when you are dying there isn’t a lot of time for planning one’s future, fixing one’s fiances, or cultivating relationships of any sort.

You’d be surprised at how many religious books have absolutely nothing to do with Jesus. They are primarily self-help books with Scriptures spattered over them like last night’s spaghetti sauce. Hipps, at least, has steered clear of that “Let me Fix” you genre that so many pastors fall into when they write.

And he can weave a story. (I am assuming, of course, that Hipps actually wrote the book himself and didn’t employ some unnamed worker bee and pay her a pittance to do it, as is the current trend among many evangelical leaders putting their names and faces on books. Be especially leery of the ones whose every book cover is a photo of themselves. Talk about your satanic apostasy.)

Before I tell you anything more about Selling Water by the River, take a look at this book trailer:

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Now if you are interested in having a copy of  this new release provided to me by Jericho Books and one of the many books I’ll be giving away during this grateful season, leave a message below. I’ll enter you name in a drawing and you just might find your elephant feet doing a happy dance.

Congrads to Josh who picked up yesterday’s book on A Year of Biblical Womanhood!

 

 

 

About Karen Spears Zacharias

Author. Speaker. Journalism Instructor. Four kids. Three dogs. One grandson.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Robosec April Terry

    I’m interested!

    • http://twitter.com/karenzach Karen Zacharias

      Gotcha. Thanks for joining in.

  • Betty

    Count me in

    • http://twitter.com/karenzach Karen Zacharias

      And so I shall

  • Samantha Clough

    I’m very interested! Count me in!

    • http://twitter.com/karenzach Karen Zacharias

      Okey-dokey.

  • Amy

    Add me to the list!

    • http://twitter.com/karenzach Karen Zacharias

      Done.

  • Galen

    I’m interested and my elephant feet are ready to dance like Astaire!

    • http://twitter.com/karenzach Karen Zacharias

      If you win you have to send a photo of that!

      • Galen

        Sure thing, Karen!!!! Photography is my hobby!!!!

        Galen >

  • Steve T

    I’ve always loved the reflections of Rohr and Nouwen and Buechner and Vanier and Keating and Mother Teresa. When they are speaking of love, and mystery, and presence, I feel and I know … God is safe, God is love, God is welcoming, God is forgiving, God is here. Their words are birthed out of the life of Jesus who welcomes the stranger, cares for the outcasts, stands with the voiceless, and forever brings us into the space of grace. I do not know from whence come these other portraits of the damning Christ. I wonder if the purveyors of such nonsense ever see the irony that the only ones that Jesus ever seems to take issue with are the “good religious folk” who castigate the ones they consider unworthy. Jesus has a word for their actions – damning the other while claiming God – he calls it blaspheme.

    • http://twitter.com/karenzach Karen Zacharias

      Indeed. But let me add Dorothy Day to that list you have mentioned, if I may? Good to see your signature here again, buddy.

      • SteveT

        Absolutely, Dorothy Day … “the final word is love.” Thanks! Crazy over-full life causes me to lurk more than I write. And to think, I coach congregations in the ways of Sabbath … I fear I am indeed a hypocrite.

  • Rick D

    Definitely interested…


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