Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own.
I hope I’ve made it pretty clear that this is going to be a year of growth around here. Especially when it comes to my faith journey. I started the year out reading a book that brings the story of the Bible into what reads like fiction. As I’ve been reading weekly, I’m coming across stories that make me go, “Wait. What?”. These “crazy stories” come to us from a sane God and have a purpose and meaning. Trust me.
In his new book, Crazy Stories, Sane God, John Alan Turner brings us 52 of these stories. My dad and mom didn’t share these with us in Church, Sunday School, VBS, or youth group (at least for the most part). These were the ones that were saved for understanding as an adult.
While I won’t be reading this book with my kids, it’s a great way to shed light on the fact that strange things do happen, even to some of the people God used as Biblical leaders. Things like getting drunk, seeing UFO’s, and a talking Donkey are the stories that you likely wouldn’t expect to read in the Bible, but they are there.
Turner isn’t questioning the validity of these stories, he’s giving them to his readers as a gift to show that God’s love really is real. No matter how crazy the stories may seem, the outcome is a message that God is in control and forgiving.
The epilogue is what got me most – it pointed me to WHY I was meant to read the book. While some crazy things have happened in my life, nothing is better than God’s love and redemption. It’s why I am here blogging, sharing my crazy stories with you…things that inspire me that hopefully inspire you in turn.
If you’d like to check this book out, it retails for $14.99. It’s an easy read and broken down into chapters you could dedicate a few moments to each week for a year. While I’m not sure I’ll run out and share this one with my dad (a pastor) over a cup of coffee, it’s definitely worth picking up and chewing over yourself.