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The Blue Parakeet

Rethinking How You Read the Bible
Narrated by: Tom Parks
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
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Why Can't I Just Be a Christian?

Parakeets make delightful pets. We cage them or clip their wings to keep them where we want them. Scot McKnight contends that many, conservatives and liberals alike, attempt the same thing with the Bible. We all try to tame it.McKnight's The Blue Parakeet has emerged at the perfect time to cool the flames of a world on fire with contention and controversy. It calls Christians to a way to read the Bible that leads beyond old debates and denominational battles. It calls Christians to stop taming the Bible and to let it speak anew for a new generation.

In his books The Jesus Creed and Embracing Grace, Scot McKnight established himself as one of America's finest Christian thinkers, an author to be reckoned with.

In The Blue Parakeet, McKnight again touches the hearts and minds of today's Christians, this time challenging them to rethink how to read the Bible, not just to puzzle it together into some systematic theology but to see it as a Story that we're summoned to enter and to carry forward in our day.

In his own inimitable style, McKnight sets traditional and liberal Christianity on its ear, leaving readers equipped, encouraged, and emboldened to be the people of faith they long to be.

©2008 Scot McKnight (P)2011 Zondervan

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  • Zachary
  • 31-01-15

A welcomed word... So needed

This book has captured a long sought after message and "how to" that I have felt for so long. Thanks for masterfully putting this into words.

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  • Ben Lucky
  • 01-05-19

Incomplete but some good points

This was a very difficult book to settle into because of the ever-present pitting of ways to read the Bible (as story and not as _____).
For most of the book, he is essentially trying to convey that God communicates in different Points of time the same story but in the language (and rules, customs, etc) of the time. which doesn't sound odd until he seems to imply that this is still going on today and nothing is fixed, as in books written today are similar to Paul's letters as they are just expressions of Gods story. As an example he relays that Paul would be horrified that we turned his letters into scripture for instance.

So rather than God choosing to communicate a cohesive message that He expanded on through out the history of the Bible. A message that has a purpose and fullness in each book of the bible.

The author is saying rather that God let others say what they thought His story was and how that applied to them and then afterward let someone else say it differently. With each person (Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jesus, Paul) just saying it how they saw it for their time. In many ways they were free to overwrite the things they didn't like anymore or that didn't seem to be helpful from the last author.
he reaches this conclusion by saying the whole thing is essentially a variation of the same story.

That the Bible is not created like a puzzle where we can see how the different parts and books fit together (because it doesn't because its a story). or not as a guide that prescribed how people should live (because each generation needs to do that themselves). but instead, a general story of the separation from God that keeps going today.

This book was helpful in many ways and he does have insightful points and reminders about not shying away from parts we don't like in scripture. But rather than wrestle with them he says "that was then, this is now".
So the good points he does call attention to, like women in the Bible who had active roles in ministry, are buried in a lot of what seems like blindness to not saying what seems simple and clear... "yes the Bible is a story with historical context, and yes the Bible does help us know how to live, and yes the Bible does have puzzles and structures, it is all of those things and so much more. So thats how we understand it by reading it in all ways".

Glad I read this but definitely a more difficult read.

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  • DDishman
  • 23-10-18

Life changing and much needed in our world today!

Very few books have challenged and motivated me more than Blue Parakeet. As a woman in the ministry for over 30 years, I have been encouraged to live out my calling and gifting. I consider this a must read.
The narrator is great and it’s an easy book to listen to.

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  • BDemme
  • 22-01-15

Thought provoking

This book challenged me to think in new ways about how to read the Bible. I've spent time studying the overall story of the Bible, but Professor McKnight's description of Wiki-Stories adds a new layer to that analysis/understanding.

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  • Dustin J. Hibbard
  • 30-12-14

Fresh look at reading and understanding your Bible

Scot McKnight offers a helpful and contemporary way of reading interpreting the Bible. I found this perspective to be fresh and inviting. He addresses several concerns within the Church today that have plagued us with problems because of how we interpret the biblical narrative. This book is very fitting for seminary students to the average person wanting to learn how to read and understand their Bible more effectively today.

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  • Robert
  • 07-01-13

Eye opening

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definetly would recommend this book to a friend. The book has change the way I read and apply the Bible. Scot uses some great examples to show how the Bible is and was typically read and interpreted now and in the past. Many touchy subjects are brought up but Scot leaves most of the final decisions up to the reader, while providing guidance on interpretation.

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