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Crazy Stories, Sane God: Lessons from the Most Unexpected Places in the… (edição 2014)

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You probably know a lot of Bible stories: Joseph and his coat, David and Goliath, Daniel and the lions, Jesus walking on water. These get mentioned everywhere from popular literature to your local church. But there are other stories in the Bible that preachers and Sunday school teachers tend to skip over because . . . well . . . because they seem crazy--the kind of stories that make us change the subject quickly when children bring them up, because we don't know why they're in the Bible or what they could possibly mean. You want examples? There's the time a prophet calls a couple of bears out of the woods to maul a gang of rowdy teenagers. There's also a story about a woman who dresses provocatively and tricks her father-in-law into getting her pregnant. And their son ends up in the genealogy of Jesus! What are we to make of these strange, sometimes cryptic, sometimes even off-color stories? What are they doing in the Bible? In Crazy Stories, Sane God popular author and teacher John Alan Turner takes us on a wild and unpredictable ride through the weirdest and least familiar stories in the Bible. Through it all, Turner shows us how even these odd episodes reveal important things about the character and nature of God and, consequently, what they mean for us today.… (mais)
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Título:Crazy Stories, Sane God: Lessons from the Most Unexpected Places in the Bible
Autores:John Alan Turner
Informação:B&H Publishing Group (2014), Kindle Edition, 259 pages
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I won this book through Goodreads First reads. I absolutely loved it!! I loved how John Turner answered many of the questions a person may have had about the crazy stories in the Bible. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in the Bible. ( )
  Kristinah | May 8, 2018 |
These aren't your standard Sunday School Bible stories. I don't mean they're not from the Bible, or that you won’t recognize any of them. In fact, you might find out there’s more to the story in the ones you think you already know. Author John Allen Turner goes way off the beaten path in selecting these thirty excerpts from the Old and New Testaments and presents them with a unifying focus on the extraordinary means God uses to affirm His promise of salvation.

I received this book for free through the Goodreads First Read program.
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  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
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  PCGator | Sep 18, 2015 |
For our second semester, I taught my high school Religion class a series of lessons called “Kings and Clowns.” There was no lack for absurd and crazy stories from the Old Testament. After learning about King Saul and David initially getting along quite well, we learned about David’s military victories. Saul became jealous of David’s popularity and he devised a plan to get rid of him for good or so he thought. Saul offered his daughter to David for 100 Philistine foreskins in return. He expected David to die in his attempt but David returned instead with 200 foreskins. Uhm . . .yes, and you can find many more Bible stories that leave you scratching your head and wondering “what in the world” did I just read?

This is what drew me to read John Alan Turner’s book “Crazy Stories Sane God: Lessons from the Most Unexpected Places in the Bible.” He explores many of the less familiar and bizarre stories found in the Bible and he challenges us to ask: “Why are they in the Bible?” and “What do they tell us about God and ourselves?”

I think the hardest challenge in writing a book like this would have to be trying to retell the Bible story without losing your audience’s attention. I did find myself wanting to skip straight to the “lesson to be learned” at times, but I’m also more of a “get-to-the-point” kind of guy. That’s what I also liked about John’s writings though. He tells it like he sees it. He gets to the point. He is real and vulnerable. His straightforwardness is what made me want to keep reading. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes that made me feel like I was not alone on this “insane” spiritual adventure: “God is, without a doubt, the most frustrating Being I have ever met in my life.” “I wish I could skip ahead and know how everything’s going to turn out for me.”

“Sometimes God calls us to do things that don’t make sense.” The author makes it clear that following God takes big risks and that we ought to own our own story no matter how messy it might be or how crazy it may look to others. I loved it when he quoted Bonhoeffer: “When God calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

Although I’m not sure I agree 100% with every story interpretation, I do not have a problem with the book and laud the predominate theme that there is nothing God cannot redeem and no one God will not restore! I received a free review copy of this book for my honest opinion. ( )
  Steve_Hinkle | Nov 4, 2014 |
For our second semester, I taught my high school Religion class a series of lessons called “Kings and Clowns.” There was no lack for absurd and crazy stories from the Old Testament. After learning about King Saul and David initially getting along quite well, we learned about David’s military victories. Saul became jealous of David’s popularity and he devised a plan to get rid of him for good or so he thought. Saul offered his daughter to David for 100 Philistine foreskins in return. He expected David to die in his attempt but David returned instead with 200 foreskins. Uhm . . .yes, and you can find many more Bible stories that leave you scratching your head and wondering “what in the world” did I just read?

This is what drew me to read John Alan Turner’s book “Crazy Stories Sane God: Lessons from the Most Unexpected Places in the Bible.” He explores many of the less familiar and bizarre stories found in the Bible and he challenges us to ask: “Why are they in the Bible?” and “What do they tell us about God and ourselves?”

I think the hardest challenge in writing a book like this would have to be trying to retell the Bible story without losing your audience’s attention. I did find myself wanting to skip straight to the “lesson to be learned” at times, but I’m also more of a “get-to-the-point” kind of guy. That’s what I also liked about John’s writings though. He tells it like he sees it. He gets to the point. He is real and vulnerable. His straightforwardness is what made me want to keep reading. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes that made me feel like I was not alone on this “insane” spiritual adventure: “God is, without a doubt, the most frustrating Being I have ever met in my life.” “I wish I could skip ahead and know how everything’s going to turn out for me.”

“Sometimes God calls us to do things that don’t make sense.” The author makes it clear that following God takes big risks and that we ought to own our own story no matter how messy it might be or how crazy it may look to others. I loved it when he quoted Bonhoeffer: “When God calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

Although I’m not sure I agree 100% with every story interpretation, I do not have a problem with the book and laud the predominate theme that there is nothing God cannot redeem and no one God will not restore! I received a free review copy of this book for my honest opinion. ( )
  Steve_Hinkle | Nov 4, 2014 |
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You probably know a lot of Bible stories: Joseph and his coat, David and Goliath, Daniel and the lions, Jesus walking on water. These get mentioned everywhere from popular literature to your local church. But there are other stories in the Bible that preachers and Sunday school teachers tend to skip over because . . . well . . . because they seem crazy--the kind of stories that make us change the subject quickly when children bring them up, because we don't know why they're in the Bible or what they could possibly mean. You want examples? There's the time a prophet calls a couple of bears out of the woods to maul a gang of rowdy teenagers. There's also a story about a woman who dresses provocatively and tricks her father-in-law into getting her pregnant. And their son ends up in the genealogy of Jesus! What are we to make of these strange, sometimes cryptic, sometimes even off-color stories? What are they doing in the Bible? In Crazy Stories, Sane God popular author and teacher John Alan Turner takes us on a wild and unpredictable ride through the weirdest and least familiar stories in the Bible. Through it all, Turner shows us how even these odd episodes reveal important things about the character and nature of God and, consequently, what they mean for us today.

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