Let’s face it—the Bible is full of not-so-precious moments, from murder and mayhem, to sex and slavery. Instead of ignoring the difficult (yet entertaining) passages of Scripture, editors Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani take them head-on in their new book, Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels.
“Most of us are well acquainted with the itchy, out-of-place feelings wrought by the spiritual subcultures in which we have sometimes found ourselves,” Falsani and Grant write. Disquiet Time gives readers “permission and a safe space” to engage the Bible deeply and honestly.
An incredible cast of contributors—including Brian McLaren, Ian Morgan Cron, and Susan Isaacs—tackles the parts of the Bible that most excite, frustrate, or soothe, with arresting insights like:
- How do we come to grips with the Bible’s troubling (or seemingly troubling) passages about the role of women?
- What the heck is the book of Revelation really about? (The answer is surprising).
- Why did the artist of the oldest known picture of Jesus intentionally paint him with a wonky eye—and what does this strange choice tell us about the beauty of imperfection?
Unique, earnest, and perceptive, this collection of “true confessions,” compelling stories, and deep biblical insights were written for people who aren’t afraid to dig deep spiritually, ask hard questions, and have some fun along the way.
“Remember: even if you end up feeling like a cowboy riding an ostrich into the sunset, you are not alone in this,” Falsani and Grant assert. “When it comes to the greatest concerns, biggest questions, and gravest doubts about the Bible, you have the right and freedom to voice them. God can take it. Really. We promise.”
DISQUIET TIME is available at bookstores everywhere.