How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That's Great News

How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That's Great News

Controversial evangelical Bible scholar, popular blogger and podcast host of The Bible for Normal People, and author of The Bible Tells Me So and The Sin of Certainty explains that the Bible is not an instruction manual or rule book but a powerful learning tool that nurtures our spiritual growth by refusing to provide us with easy answers but instead forces us to acquire wisdom.

For many Christians, the Bible is a how-to manual filled with literal truths about belief that must be strictly followed. But the Bible is not static, Peter Enns argues. It does not hold easy answers to the perplexing questions and issues that confront us in our daily lives. Rather, the Bible is a dynamic instrument for study that not only offers an abundance of insights but provokes us to find our own answers to spiritual questions, cultivating God’s wisdom within us.

“The Bible becomes a confusing mess when we expect it to function as a rulebook for faith. But when we allow the Bible to determine our expectations, we see that Wisdom, not answers, is the Bible’s true subject matter,” writes Enns. This distinction, he points out, is important because when we come to the Bible expecting it to be a textbook intended by God to give us unwavering certainty about our faith, we are actually creating problems for ourselves. The Bible, in other words, really isn’t the problem; having the wrong expectation is what interferes with our reading.

Rather than considering the Bible as an ancient book weighed down with problems, flaws, and contradictions that must be defended by modern readers, Enns offers a vision of the holy scriptures as an inspired and empowering resource to help us better understand how to live as a person of faith today.

How the Bible Actually Works makes clear that there is no one right way to read the Bible. Moving us beyond the damaging idea that “being right” is the most important measure of faith, Enns’s freeing approach to Bible study helps us to instead focus on pursuing enlightenment and building our relationship with God—which is exactly what the Bible was designed to do.

Title:How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That's Great News
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062686749
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    How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That's Great News Reviews

  • Randal Martin

    #harperonepartner#wisebible#howthebibleactuallyworks***For the purpose of full disclosure I received an advance free copy of this book from HarperOne as part of the launch team.***I have to admit I fu...

  • Brock Beesley

    Over the last couple of years, there has been a profound shift that has occurred with how we understand the Bible, it's applicability for our day and age, and the lasting value that it continues to ha...

  • Jordan

    I’m not an expert theologian, a professional writer, or someone who has a significant impact on determining the course of others’ faith (as in being ordained or a teacher), so it was a privilege t...

  • Becki

    Disclosure- I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which I always enjoy giving and frankly would have shared for free. ;) #HarperOnePartnerI came to this book alre...

  • Heather

    The author’s approach of using examples from the Old Testament to demonstrate how Judaism evolved over time makes a lot of sense. Well done!...

  • Faithe

    How we approach the Bible is perhaps the most critical issue facing Christianity today. After decades of falling in line behind the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, people are leaving the chur...

  • Leah Randall

    Having been raised Methodist in the Bible Belt, I carried always an awareness that I read the Bible differently from many of my neighbors of the sola scriptura tradition whose various Statements of Fa...

  • Boyd Barrett

    First of all, I am part of the launch team for “How the Bible Actually Works” by Pete Enns, so I received an advance reader copy from HarperOne. I have engaged with Pete’s work for the past few ...

  • MindyK

    The first time I bought Pete's book "The Sin of Certainty," I was so frightened by it, I threw it away! Not kidding. I had to go buy it again after my heart stopped skipping beats, so ka-ching, Pete, ...

  • Jon Gill

    Why We Need This NowI attend what most would call an “evangelical” church. While there are lots of ways to define that, for the purpose of this book’s topic, my church’s statement of belief on...