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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:What the heckAn 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:What the heck is the book of Revelation really about? (The answer will surprise you.) How do we come to grips with the Bible's troubling (or seemingly troubling) passages about the role of women?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....

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

  • Trish Ryan
    2019-05-10 05:31

    This is a strong, thought-provoking collection of essays. My favorite part is that the writers deliver on the promise from the introduction, in "not requiring an enemy in order to establish their identity as persons of faith as they read and meditate on the Scriptures." This is rare stuff in faith-based writing, and it makes this book an absolute delight--one can read these essays and simply ponder the questions therein, without feeling drawn into an argument. One of my favorite essays was about the role of icons in worship. I've not thought much about icons, and I appreciated the opportunity. If you're looking for a book to entertain you and encourage your faith in unexpected ways, "Disquiet Time" is a great choice.

  • Adam Shields
    2019-05-16 05:39

    Short review: An unique devotional written by a wide variety of authors focusing on how the bible and/or Christianity can be disquieting. The quality of the writing is pretty good and for a book written by nearly 40 authors, it is pretty even. Topically it is all over the place. Amy Julia Becker (blogger at CT and author) talks about how we all cherry pick verses. Karen Swallow Prior (English Professor and author) writes about how our modern translations tend to leave out or obscure all of the sh*t in scripture. Caryn Rivadeneira (church staff and author) talks about the scandal of being made in God's image. But the general idea is that scripture and Christianity in general isn't designed to make us feel good and there are lots of time when it pricks us.My full review is on my blog at

  • Keri Kent
    2019-05-13 07:21

    This collection of essays was fun to read and enlightening. I bought copies for my 21 year old daughter and my 75 year old mother for Christmas--that's the kind of book it is, and the kind of family I'm proud to be a part of. If you love dogma and easy answers, skip this one. It dives deep in to the questions and curiosity, which I love. Fearlessly addressing questions of faith and doubt, it is perfect for sinners, saints or skeptics (and aren't we all of us all three most days?)

  • Denny
    2019-05-02 02:23

    I was disappointed with this essay anthology. The misnamed subtitle led me to believe Disquiet Time would be a somewhat balanced collection of arguments for and against Christianity, and it was not that. If any of the contributors are true skeptics, none showed it here, or at least showed no skepticism of the truth of Christianity; all these authors appear to be committed believers. I gave it two stars instead of one because the writing is not bad. Most of the essays are well-written, heartfelt, and either poignant or humorous, and I suspect that practicing religious readers will enjoy it.

  • Jim
    2019-04-30 08:23

    This is a book that caught my eye as I was glancing thing the biblical section at the Manhattan Public Library. I knew nothing about it. But was intrigued by it's title and rather bizarre cover. So it stays in the book queue until I finally pick it up. That is great stuff here. There are over 40 essays, most of which pick a pericope or passage that causes pause. I'm not sure I want to turn it in. As faith journeys are explored there is one thing that rings throughout the essays. Unmitigated honesty and willingness to question. Each author has a brief blurb at the end of the book in which a list of books or a blog or a webpage is cited if you want more. I do.

  • Andy Hickman
    2019-05-10 09:35

    Jennifer Grant & Cathleen Falsani (eds), “Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels,” (New York: Jericho, 2014).Refreshingly different reflections on the Christian faith.Quotes include:“Foreword” by Eugene H. Peterson'Stories are verbal acts of hospitality.' (p.xiii) “The voices are conspicuous for not requiring an enemy in order to establish their identity as persons of faith as they read and mediate on the Scriptures.” (p.xiv)“I was tempted to turn to the last chapter and get to the end of the story. I resisted, however, remembering that much of the satisfaction of the conclusion comes from giving my imagination over to the contradictions and ambiguities of the plot.” (p.xv-xvi)“The Bible: It's Full of Crap.” - Karen Swallow Prior (p24-30)The Bible has many scatological references. {scatological = study of excrement).E.g. 'Dung' appears more than forty times in the KJV.Ex 29:12-14 (KJV)Lev 8:17; 16:27Num 19:5Deut 23:12-13 (ESV) - cover up your excrement.Judges 3:21-22 (ESV)1 Ki 18:272 Ki 9:36-37 (KJV)Ezra 6:11 (KJV)Ps 113:7 (KJV)Is.36:12 (KJV)Ezekiel 4:12-15Phil 3:8 'dung' (KJV)Saint Augustine: “We are born between feces and urine.” “SLUT!” - Cathleen Falsani (p.193-199)Neither Herodias' daughter (mark 6:17-29, Salome' according to Josephus) was not promiscuous.“Or is Salome, like Mary of Magdalene, a victim of misogynist interpretations of Scripture and cultural bias?” (p195)“Women: Be Silent?” - Sarah Heath (p297-304)“As I looked around the 'world' (as churchy people call it), I saw women leading in all areas.” (p298)“Hellenization and … Aristotle's understanding of women as inferior.Aristotle himself was subject to what he learned from his own mentor, Socrates, a philosopher who considered women to be halfway between animals and men.” (p300)“Many rabbis asserted that because Eve was created second she was inferior and to be ruled and guided by Adam. That logic perplexed me. If such logic plays out, then humankind should be subject to cattle and birds, both of which were created first in the Genesis creation narrative.” (p301)Paul as Saul persecuted the most influential Christians, he arrested men and women (Acts 8:3; 9:1-2; 22:4-5).Paul's first convert was Lydia.In his letter to Philippi he writes to two women, Euodia and Syntyche.Priscilla is acknowledged as a leader of the Corinth church (1 Cor 16:19) and is mentioned before her husband.In his letter to the Romans he mentions eight female leaders, including Phoebe, who is referred to as a 'deacon', using the masculine form of that word – precisely the same way he describes male church leaders.1 Cor 11:4-5 is instructions about how women are top pray and prophesy, understanding that women would be doing his regularly. 1 Cor 14:33-36, the word 'silence' (sigao) is the kind of silence required when a room is disorderly.“The Greatest of These” - Brian D. McLaren“In my line of work, with someone calling me a heretic or infidel every day or two, it's easy to respond defensively, which usually involves bragging, being arrogant, being rude, seeking personal advantage, being irritable, and keeping an account of how often I have been unfairly reviewed. But in each case, I hear 1 Corinthians 13 reminding me: love isn't like that.” (p335)

  • Patty
    2019-05-02 02:36

    “May you engage with God's word throughout your life; May you be in community with other people of faith; May you dare to ask tough questions; May you be content not knowing all the answers; May you always be real before God in the joys and sorrows of living; May you be still enough to hear God’s voice; May you have the eyes to see God’s grace all around you and extend it to others; And may you ever rest in God’s immeasurable, unchanging love for you.I have trouble writing reviews of collections. Whether they are essays or short stories, whether they are written by one person or several, I find it hard to narrow down what I want to say. Even harder, for me, is finding a quotation that means something for the whole book when there are so many parts.For once, figuring out what to quote was easy. The words above are the dedication that Grant and Falsani have given to their collection. It is the prayer that they pray for their children.It appears to me as the prayer they would also pray for the readers of this anthology. There are almost fifty different authors who have written an essay for this. I don’t know if all of them would be comfortable with each other. However, by participating in this project, each writer is doing much of what is being prayed for. They are part of a community who are engaging with God’s word, asking questions and not expecting perfect answers.It took me a long time to finish this compilation. There were plenty of essays that I needed to spend a little time thinking about. There were others that made me uncomfortable, but I knew they were hearing God’s voice just as I do. I took my time and read and then thought and then picked up the book again.If you are a Christian that likes to ask tough questions and are willing to live without all the answers, I recommend this book to you. You may find some answers, but more importantly you might discover more questions. Doubt, in my mind is part of faith and the doubts, questions, answers and stories of Disquiet Time are worth reading.

  • Beth Peninger
    2019-05-13 03:30

    Thank you to NetGalley and Jericho Books for this free copy. In an exchange for this copy I am giving an honest review.This is a great book for those that have popped the Christian bubble they had been living in. If you still live inside the bubble then this book of short essays on faith and God will most likely offend you. I, however, thoroughly enjoyed it. A grouping of thoughts and ponderings about a life of faith from some very different walks of life. All of them love Jesus but most evangelicals would label them as heretics or something like that. Surely their souls are in danger because they have left the traditional church (oh, I did that), purport that the Apostle Paul - and God - like women and want to engage them in ministry equally as men (oh, I believe that), talk about loving people with different faiths/beliefs (huh, I believe we should love everyone as well...), have doubts and questions about faith (um, I'm starting to notice a pattern between myself and these authors), and have the audacity to compel others to extend grace to people who don't look/believe/sound/dress/etc just like *us*! (Weird. I think my soul might be in danger too?!) Exploring topics from the Bible such as poop, cuss words, homosexuality, end times, genitals, good people behaving badly, and more this collection of writings gives me much to think about. I recommend this book for those who have tired of the life we are told we must live if we are to be considered a Christian.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-06 06:50

    Took me over six months to read this one, as it's made up of short essays that I really wanted to take my time to think about, but I loved it.It tackles many of the questions I have about the Bible, God, and Christianity that I would never feel comfortable asking in church because many (although, certainly not all, as there are many grace-filled people in church, too) would look at me askance or decide that I was a heretic trouble-maker who shouldn't even bother coming to church if I can't just be quiet and simply agree with standardized doctrine.Yet, they are questions that I need to wrestle with (even if I never find the answer), and while I may not have agreed with all of the writers (but loved the inclusion of many different perspectives on the Bible and authentic Christianity), I loved delving into the questions and really thinking about them, not the typical knee-jerk, "God said it, I believe it, that settles it" response which seems to be ingrained in most religious culture (and which turns away so many thoughtful people who want to engage in spiritual dialogue).I'll probably even buy my own copy now, instead of hoarding the library's. *occasional language

  • Bethany
    2019-05-05 02:35

    * I received a digital copy from the publisher via NetGalley for the purposes of this review. *Disquiet Time is a very rare book. Most Christian books skirt around the majority of things addressed here, and if they do discuss them, it seems that they are content to just accept things on faith. Disquiet Time, on the other hand, wrestles with hard things and difficult issues. There aren't necessarily any answers here and possibly just increasing questions. But that isn't a bad thing: far from it. Instead, it is genuine and honest.I found this very thought-provoking and enjoyed reading it. Though I did not agree with all the authors' conclusions, I also think that it is important to read things with which we disagree - particularly about faith - in order to challenge and strengthen our beliefs. If it looks interesting to you, you'll probably appreciate it too!

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-09 04:51

    Karen Walrond mentioned this on her blog Chookooloonks (I think I've got all the Os!) so I put it on reserve at the library, expecting something fun and interesting. What a gem this collection of short essays is! They're all brief enough to read and consider quickly but also thought-provoking. Some of the writers have serious theology chops and others practitioners rather than preachers, but they all added to the discussion. Recommend for any interested in religion and even non-denominational spirituality, though it is Christian-centric. Bonus points for referencing the Island of Misfit Toys. "As another friend of mine reminded me recently, if I'm ever wondering what Jesus would do... There's a passage in the Bible indicating that he once viewed freaking out and flipping tables over as a viable option" (83)

  • Laura
    2019-05-26 01:39

    I read this book for a Bible Study at the church I attend. I was at first reluctant to read it, but I was hooked on the introduction! It's a collection of essays from a variety of people, lay and clergy.The personal narratives of journeys of Faith range from the hysterically funny and irreverent to deeply touching and sincere. There are wonderfully human stories about Christians reconciling their faith with their sexual identity, social class, chronic illness and of issues carried over from childhood. To be sure, a good read!

  • Heidi
    2019-05-11 06:37

    My bible study group (I'm a pastor) at church read this book, as an interlude - a way to read ABOUT reading the Bible, and they really loved it. It's engaging and provocative, although perhaps with a few more references to poop than might be necessary. The authors are diverse in their perspectives and writing styles, and really spoke in powerful ways to my folks, who are of various ages and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Abbie Watters
    2019-05-03 06:47

    This was a series of vignettes about the status of the church in relation to folks who are "outside" our current definition of "Christian." Written by many different authors, some are first person stories, and some are written from the perspective of clergy who serve the "least, last, and lost." Each chapter stands alone, and this book makes an excellent daily meditation resource for those of us who are focused on reaching out from under our steeples to the world.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-25 01:30

    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. It is always good to find ways to keep the Bible fresh, and this book does a wonderful job with that! It is well-written and thought-provoking whether you are new to the Bible or have read it/heard its stories more times than you can say.

  • Cynthia
    2019-05-23 04:27

    “May you engage with God's word throughout your life;May you be in community with other people of faith;May you dare to ask tough questions;May you be content not knowing all the answers;May you always be real before God in the joys and sorrows of living;May you be still enough to hear God’s voice;May you have the eyes to see God’s grace all around you and extend it to others;And may you ever rest in God’s immeasurable, unchanging love for you.

  • Ruth Chatlien
    2019-05-05 02:48

    I really like the premise of this book: reflections on nonfundamentalist ways of interacting with the Bible. But I found the essays uneven. Some were very moving or thought-provoking. Others not so much. Maybe it's one of those books in which different essays would speak to me at different times in my life. I debated between giving it a 3 and a 4, and decided on a 4 because a number of the pieces did strike home.

  • John Benson
    2019-04-28 02:30

    I liked this collection of essays/devotionals because they reflect how I feel I am religiously, often in turn both very skeptical and faithful. These essays are written with an honesty that I often find missing from Christian literature. I liked the mix of reverence and irreverence and learned a lot from the variety of viewpoints.

  • Brenda Funk
    2019-05-12 06:46

    This book was wonderful to read. Lots of variety, many different topics addressed by good writers and good thinkers. I took my time reading it because it was too good to rush through. I found one chapter at a time enough to absorb and think about.

  • Brenda Seefeldt
    2019-05-15 03:34

    Loved this book. It's a compilation of essays from thinking Christians take on difficult parts of the Bible. I didn't agree with everyone. I didn't like every contributor (far from it). But I was challenged. I learned deeper.

  • Chloe
    2019-05-18 05:33

    It's incredibly reassuring that I'm not alone in the fact that I have doubts and questions surrounding the christian faith. I enjoyed reading all of the essays and discovered that I related to most of the writers in this compilation.

  • Diane
    2019-05-15 06:48

    Excellent collection of essays that offer no simple answers and does not expect complete agreement from the reader.

  • Keryn
    2019-05-10 02:31

    Bite sized essays from different authors of their perspectives on their Christian faith. Some were enlightening. Easy to read.

  • Cara
    2019-05-03 05:27

    I enjoyed this book. Good unpacking of "quiet time." Review here:

  • Jennifer Grant
    2019-05-07 03:24