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Summary

Restore the wonder of the parables, the joy of the Gospel...and the discomfort of the Sword of Truth stabbed firmly in your gut. 

Not the Parables of Jesus contains more than 40* different takes on the original parables to snap us out of our over-familiarity and to open our eyes to the truth of the Gospel.

Half tongue-in-cheek, half right between the eyes

Often fun, sometimes poignant, and occasionally painful, these parables reveal our cultural biases, hidden assumptions, and the lies we believe.

Not the Bible. It’s like the Bible. Only not.

* Bet you think that means there are only 41 parables? Well there are actually 42. So there! 

©2017 John Spencer (P)2018 John Spencer

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Thought provoking

A man rented a vineyard that he knew produced the finest grapes and best wine in his village.
Year after year he was praised by his family and friends for the unique flavours they had come to appreciate.

Eventually he decided to sell the wine on the side of the road outside the vineyard so that other people could also appreciate it and that he could make a little more money.

Intrigued, some wine experts bought and sampled the wine but the flavours were not as subtle as those they were used to and they spat the wine out.

Attracted by the new wineskins a group of workers bought some wine for their midday meal but the wine did not suit the meats and fruit that they had chosen so they too spat the wine out.

A group of revellers staggered by on their way from a feast where they had already consumed much wine. They bought most of the remaining wine and, not really tasting anything, drank it on their way to their next feast.

Just then, a traveller arrived and saw the last wineskin. If you give me some wine, I’ll give you some water he said. Shrugging, the wine seller passed the traveller the wineskin.
The traveller took a sip, swallowed, thought for a while, smiled, and said, salted wine… interesting choice!

For those considering this book, the above is my recommendation for you to buy it… provided that you are ready for a little more salt than you are used to.

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  • 26-12-18

I chuckled several times

if you know the parables well, as i do, it is funny.
I think God rolls his eyes at our human nature sometimes and these corrected parables are more corrcect according to how our society works.
really funny, not for a the bible thumping christian.
but it would feel good to thump them back with this book.
((read a little slower next time) oh yeah i can slow down the speed with my app)

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  • K. Nixon
  • 05-10-18

Appropriately Irreverent

Jesus is honored and more clear to me because of this book. It is like standing on your head while being verbally assaulted by angry retail customers. It certainly gives one a new perspective, and one leaves very changed.