I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Christian Piatt's Banned Questions About the Bible

It gives me great pleasure whenever someone I know has the fantastic opportunity of being published, and it is because of Christian Piatt and his book Banned Questions About the Bible that my good friend and fellow blogger Josh Toulouse of Fat Train became a published author.

Banned Questions About the Bible responds to a problem that arises in every religious community. Because certain traditions are held as authoritative, people often feel too afraid to ask important and difficult questions that pertain to their own religious journey. Not only does Piatt pose many such questions regarding the Bible, but the many contributors he's gathered together courageously give a variety of possible answers. In the process, readers find a guide to creative thinking rather than an authoritative law book that prohibits further questioning.

Banned Questions About the Bible is available on-line via amazon and also via the Chalice Press web site. (If you order it on Chalice Press, input the promo code "BANNEDQJ" and get 40% off. This code also works for Piatt's upcoming book Banned Questions About Jesus which is available for pre-order on both sites.) It is also available in most Cokesbury book stores. It may not be available in Barnes and Nobles stores but they are able to order it if you call them. (If enough people order this book, Barnes and Nobles will be more likely to stock the book for other readers.)

I have two personal recommendations: 1. that you pick up this book from one of the above places, and 2. that you hop on over to Fat Train and congratulate Josh on his publication.

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