Monday, May 20, 2013

Format Derails Book

The idea that the actual words of Jesus should receive extra special attention and honor isn’t a new one, as the red-letter versions of the scripture attest. The authors believe the concept should be renewed in modern times. Referencing such topics as hell, economics, Islam, and women’s issues, among many others, the book is essentially dialogue written in paragraph form.
While I respect Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo, and even understand the passion behind the thesis, I feel that the message they were trying to portray in The Red Letter Revolution, and the style in which they presented it lent itself more to a live panel discussion than a literary work.
I’m afraid I never could bring myself to finish this book. The format was much too distracting, and took away from what could be a compelling look at humanity’s besetting sin, that of not taking the Word of God seriously enough.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing in return for my honest opinion.