Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Bible: God's Rescue Plan for the Human Race

by Daniel R. Bloomquist

So when I heard Dan was writing a book, I was eager to read it. I was not as eager to review it, however. What if I didn't like it? What if I had issues with the book? What would I write here? Would I write anything here?

I'm happy to report that it wasn't a problem.

Dr. Bloomquist's book is a survey of the entire Bible, with an emphasis on missions. (or a rescue plan, as the title states) He shows that "make disciples of all nations" is not a 1st Century innovation, but rather fits into the earliest chapters of the Bible. Starting at that time when God's chosen people and all the people of the Earth were one and the same, Dan follows the rescue plan throughout the Bible, either briefly or in depth as the text warrants.

The joy in reading this book was the opportunity to consider familiar tales and passages in a new light. Or maybe not so new. I mean, I was sold on the idea of missions being a major thread in the tapestry of scripture before I read the book. But this was the first time I sat down and followed that thread from Genesis to Revelation. And there were sections that did grant me new insights. I'll be referring back to the chapters on Job and Romans the next time those books come around in my daily scripture readings.

So, in the interest of honesty, was there something I didn't like about the book? To be honest, my biggest problem was the typesetting. My typesetter's eye was offended by the amount of bolded type that was used. However, knowing Dan, I soon discovered that the bold text was simply the cue for the reader to slow down, raise your voice slightly and speak each word as distinctly. as. you. can. Like it says in the Foreword, " you can hear Dan speaking through these pages."

In the end, I have to say that Dan Bloomquist is worth listening to. If you don't have the blessing to hear him in person, then by all means grab God's Rescue Plan and have a read.

It's on my shelf!
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