I get sent a lot of books to read, and most of them are, to put it bluntly, skubalon. Some I endorse, some I do not. And, to this point, I have not reviewed many on my blog. However, I’d like to make a point to start reviewing some here. But I’m only going to post positive reviews, and that’s primarily because I’m not a book reviewer by trade. Those people, like restaurant critics, need to maintain a certain distance from their subjects in order to maintain some objectivity. I, on the other hand, have lots of friends who are authors and others in the publishing industry, and I have no desire to say hurtful things about them here. So, I will start writing micro-reviews of the books I like and will continue to stay silent about the ones I don’t.
Danielle, pastor of Journey Church in Dallas, has been a huge fan and proponent of Jürgen Moltmann‘s theology for many years, and this book is the outgrowth of that love. And yet, the book doesn’t read that way. In fact, if you didn’t know Moltmann, or skipped the preface, you wouldn’t know Danielle’s indebtedness to him. I say this because this book, while deeply theological, is one that could easily be given to laypersons and small groups for study.
The book traces the entire arc of the biblical narrative through the lens of hope and promise (Moltmanniacs will here recognize Danielle’s nod to Jürgen even in her method). What this means is that Danielle works through the story of God’s interaction with creation as told by the biblical authors and finds the points of hope and promise throughout. And, on top of it being a book with great theologically insight, it’s wonderfully written.