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Alternative Theologies: Parables for a Modern World (Alternatives) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07G9Z3KWZ
- Publisher : B Cubed Press (August 14, 2018)
- Publication date : August 14, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 414 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 291 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0998963429
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #647,009 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The pieces were variously entertaining, touching, or forceful. I found the stories most effective, maybe because I prefer fiction, maybe because they seemed to have more space to breathe. The essays tended, ironically, toward the preachy. Since fiction is my thing, I will talk about that.
The collection opens strong with “Counting Sunrises” by Heather Truett, a genuinely sweet story of a girl counting down to the end of the world but mostly OK because Jesus is with her, and with some of her neighbors. “Devine Justice” by Philip Brian Hall is a slyly humorous tale of a (deceased) attorney so slimy and skillful, he can get the worst sinners off on technicalities. “First” by Kara Race-Moore also showed humans as more devilish than devils themselves, as the first human to go to Hell quickly takes over and starts running the place. “Ways of Knowing” by Louise Milton imagines an ancient people so set in their ways, they might starve if not for an outsider who can imagine a new way. “Izzy Tells No Lies” by P. James Norris presents a priest confronted with the fragile, difficult Isaac/Isabelle/Izzy who has visions of life and death. “The Audit” by Colin Patrick Ennen concerns an Almighty who is easily manipulated by bumper stickers. “Forgiveness” by Irene Radford imagines Adam and Eve after the Garden, Adam lamenting their fate and Eve doing the hard work of gathering, trapping, and accidentally inventing beer. “Everlasting Due” is a liberal’s well-thought-out fantasy on the ultimate end for a certain person in public life. “Extinction Level Non-Conjunction Event” by Anton Cancre concerns a mother of a disabled child who was supposed to be the second coming of Christ and might be, anyway. “Don’t Get the Bible Wet” by Debora Godfrey presents a Handmaid’s Tale-like society in which girls are given a “Goodly Bible” with most of the pages glued together so girls and women won’t read the Forbidden Sections…until it falls in the mud and all heck breaks loose. “The Faithless Angel” by E. E. King is a story of loss of faith and just loss, about a guardian angel assigned to one of Job’s daughters. “Temple Tantrum” by J. W. Cook gives us a contemporary take on Jesus turning tables and clearing the Temple. “Righteous Spirits” by Lillian Csernica uses superstition as a cover for human sorrow and despair. “Last Words” by Paula Hammond features Death personified, confronting a heart-attack victim who thought he was virtuous till now. “The Good Mexican” by Melvin Charles is another strong, devastating offering, a retelling of the Parable of the Good Samaritan with a hardworking immigrant in the role of the only person who helps a victim of assault and pays dearly for the privilege. “The Forsaken Wall” by Tom Barlow is a beautiful, heartbreaking picture of grief, as a widow builds a wall where “the forsaken” can stash their gripes. “An American Christian at the Pearly Gates” by Larry Hodges gives us a wealthy, self-righteous character who assumes he’ll be waltzing into Heaven until he discovers how narrow his doorway is. “Lilith’s Daughters” by Liam Hogan reminds us that some tellings have another Woman before Eve who did nothing wrong but be equal to Adam. “Angelica” by Jill Zeller hints at an angel who plays the banjo and can’t keep up with the prayers for help even though belief is way down.
Recommended for readers whose faith is strong enough to take a little pushback.
Mind, they are GOOD stories, I'm just disappointed that they were so christo-centric, as if the modern world only offered variants of Christianity.
I hope there's a sequel that addresses this lack.