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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Who would have thought that a "religious book" would b

    Who would have thought that a "religious book" would be such an enjoyable read. Barbara Hosbach has taken the stories of 28 Bible "Fools, Liars, and Cheaters" and shown how God has acted through them to pass along the message that you don't have to spend your life in sackcloth and ashes to be an instrument of God's message. This book takes these "ordinary" bible individuals and shows through her writing how God chose these people to help spread His message. Each chapter starts with the bible story itself and is followed by the author's own insight into the story and how it relates to today and our lives. The best part of each chapter is the last section which poses some situations for the reader to put themselves into in order to examine how they would react if put into the same situations as the chapter subject.

    A great book for discussion groups and, in my opinion, for anyone interested in reading a down to earth book about God's love for us.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

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    Quality writing, unique focus

    Barbara Hosbach begins her book of bible heroes with two familiar passages from scripture in which banquet hosts ordered their servants to scour the streets, alleys, highways, and hedgerows for guests to replace those who had declined the invitation. The last-minute guests were physically poor, blind, crippled, and lame. We must assume some were also of flawed character and lacking in both intellectual prowess and social graces. In “Fools, Liars, Cheaters...” Hosbach presents 28 individuals from scripture who accepted God’s invitation despite their shortcomings and circumstances. The author suggests that we look upon these heroes as models for our lives today. Each chapter of Fools, Liars, Cheaters opens with a passage from scripture, then provides some historical perspective, a reflection on how the story applies today, and several discussion questions. For example, personal loyalty and political correctness dominate the chapter on Ruth (Ruth 1:1-19). In summary, the widow Ruth follows her widowed mother-in-law, Naomi, home to Israel, where Ruth was a foreigner rather than returning to her own home as tradition dictated. Ruth humbles herself, submitting to custom including marrying a relative of Naomi’s dead husband and bearing a son (Obed, who became the grandfather of King David). In her reflection, Hosbach points out that (1) God works through whomever he chooses, (2) long-term spouses who remain faithful demonstrate heroic loyalty, and (3) heroic loyalty is sometimes required when our values are threatened. This work, with its quality writing and unique focus, is suitable for individuals, faith-sharing groups, and catechists.

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