Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels

Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels

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by Jennifer Grant
     
 

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An engaging and hilarious collection that encourages readers to tackle those strange, awkward, worrying, yet endlessly compelling passages of the Bible.

The Bible is full of not-so-precious moments, from murder and mayhem, to sex and slavery. Now, an incredible cast of contributors tackles the parts of the Bible that most excite, frustrate, or

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An engaging and hilarious collection that encourages readers to tackle those strange, awkward, worrying, yet endlessly compelling passages of the Bible.

The Bible is full of not-so-precious moments, from murder and mayhem, to sex and slavery. Now, an incredible cast of contributors tackles the parts of the Bible that most excite, frustrate, or comfort, like:

  1. What the heck is the book of Revelation really about? (The answer will surprise you.)
  2. How do we come to grips with the Bible's troubling (or seemingly troubling) passages about the role of women?
  3. Why did the artist of the oldest known picture of Jesus intentionally paint him with a wonky eye--and what does it tell us about beauty?
DISQUIET TIME was written by and for Bible-loving Christians, agnostics, skeptics, none-of-the-aboves, and people who aren't afraid to dig deep spiritually, ask hard questions, and have some fun along the way.

Editorial Reviews

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"The writers come from all walks of life-"nonconformists and oddballs"-and approach the Bible in their own idiosyncratic ways. But while the writers may take the Bible seriously, that doesn't mean they can't have fun in the process, for, as the subtitle also suggests, the moods reflected here are often irreverent, even playful."—Booklist"

This is a sturdy book, a thoroughly satisfying and totally credible book. Well-conceived and well executed, it offers honest words about holy things, which means that it is also a brave book. I, for one, am grateful."—Phyllis Tickle, author, The Age of the Spirit "

Cathleen and Jennifer are wonderful writers as well as wonderful people and this collection of wonderful essays is in a word: Lovely. You thought I was going to say 'wonderful,' didn't you? I'm AN ENIGMA!!"—Pete Holmes, Comedian and talk show host"

Disquiet Time takes us down a thrilling, provocative, and often beautiful path that leads to the deepest parts of ourselves, and the deepest parts of Christ. This book is for folks who don't just want to read the Bible; they want to laugh, wrestle and cry with the Bible. And that's just the place God wants us to be."—Joshua DuBois, former head of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and author of The President's Devotional"

Disquiet Time is a devotional for humans, a daily reading for the messy, doubt-filled, sometimes irreverent people who love God or hope to some day. Though hinged on some of the Bible's most deranged narratives, [the book]...is strangely comforting, a spiritual hodgepodge that is deep and convicting, hopeful and honest, quirky and wise. For believers, cynics, and misfit souls, Disquiet Time is a welcomed invitation to doubt, laugh, fight, debate, and trust."—Matthew Paul Turner, author of Our Great Big American God and Churched"

This rich collection of essays is thoughtful, engaging, and provocative. A must-read."—Margaret Feinberg, author of Wonderstruck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455578849
Publisher:
FaithWords
Publication date:
10/21/2014
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Grant has written numerous columns and feature stories for newspapers including the Chicago Tribune and is a regular contributor to Christianity Today's her.meneutics blog. Grant is the author of two previous works of nonfiction: Love You More and MOMumental. A lifelong Episcopalian, she lives in Chicagoland with her husband and four children.
Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning journalist and author who specializes in the intersection of faith and culture. She was the longtime religion writer and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, and has been a columnist for Religion News Service, Sojourners, Huffington Post, and the Orange County Register. She lives in Laguna Beach, California.

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Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
JennyCall More than 1 year ago
As a university chaplain at a non-sectarian school, I work with students who come from a variety of faith backgrounds.  The growing majority is those who are religiously unaffiliated or who consider themselves "spiritual but not religious".  But I find that even among our students who grew up in church and still consider themselves faithful Christians, many have little knowledge of what is actually in the Bible and have little desire to read it to find out.  That's just one reason a book like this is helpful.  In a fun, interesting, and user-friendly way, the multiple authors share perspectives on the good book that we may have missed in church.  Their accounts of wrestling with the text in deep and playful ways reveals why scripture is still powerful and relevant for us today.  I highly recommend this book to anyone...from those who think they know the Bible to those who didn't realize they could be interested in it.
Whitefisher More than 1 year ago
Disquiet Time allows us to be up front about our feelings, upsets and inspiration from the Bible.  These are open discussions by concerned and learned people that call on all of us to check our premises and beliefs about The Good Book.
RaadGirl More than 1 year ago
This book made me look at passages in the Bible in new and interesting ways. I've been hearing and reading the Bible my whole life, and I've loved reading these new perspectives - they are giving me a lot to think about. 
Daveed58 More than 1 year ago
When we learn to love mystery, we don't fear doubt. This group of writers seems to get that and aren't afraid to put out their questions, criticisms and how they overcame them (or not) to find authentic belief.
MoPoss More than 1 year ago
Each chapter seems to outshine the one before it. So many different views, but all heartfelt and all with smart insight. This is a remarkable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous! Written in everyday language that we really use. No God talk. Just honest living and learning. 
dibasketcase More than 1 year ago
This collection of essays challenges the reader to think in ways that are not traditionally encouraged within the confines of mainline Christianity. Read if you want to accept this challenge!