I’ve been asked a dozen times or more, What’s new in the Blue Parakeet?
This is a book about reading the Bible, about bad reading habits — like making the Bible into a Rorschach inkblot where we see what we are looking for — and good reading habits — like knowing the story of the Bible so we can see how God spoke in Moses’ day in Moses’ way and see how God spoke in Jesus’ day in Jesus’ way.
While I had some back and forth with the editors and marketers at the publisher on the title — “what’s a blue parakeet got to do with Bible reading?”, by all accounts the book has become far more useful to churches and Christians than I or Zondervan expected. It’s nothing but fun when someone says “blue parakeet guy?” to me.
This book is mentioned more than any other book I have written, except for perhaps Jesus Creed. In particular, it has become helpful for college students and home Bible study groups, and for me a particular joy has been that so many women have been encouraged in their gifting by this book, which leads to this: the last third of the book is about women in ministry and how the Bible’s story shapes the empowerment of women.
So, please answer the question: What’s new?
I added more on reading the Bible as narrative. That is, I combine the story of the Eikon with the story of king Jesus.
I added a section on the Bible and slavery.
I added a section on the Bible and atonement.
I added a section on the Bible and justice.
I added a section on the Bible and science.
I added a section on the gospel itself.
I added enough that the new edition has more than 100 pages more than the original edition!