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Kregel Tour: 52 Original Wisdom Stories by Penelope Wilcock

on November 7, 2015

About the Book:

These 52 loosely related fictional stories about the large themes of life, nature, and faith follow the liturgical year and are an ideal resource for public worship.

Sid and Rosie are an older married couple with several children and grandchildren. Through a series of short, engaging narratives, we learn about their faith, their feelings for one another, their hopes and dreams, and their perception of how God speaks to them through the events of their lives.

Each story stands on its own; their sequence follows the rhythm of the church’s year from Advent through Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and Harvest Thanksgiving. With an open tone of wonder and reflection, author Penelope Wilcock explores the ordinary and extraordinary topics of daily life: falling in love, marriage, birth, education, illness, farming, adversity, hospitality, homemaking, and work.

This beautiful large-format paperback is suitable for personal reflection or as a refreshing resource for church and small group discussions.

Permission to photocopy is included.

Purchase your copy at Kregel Publications.

My Opinion:

I was excited to get this book and maybe learn more about celebrations that aren’t necessarily ideas that my church celebrates such as Pentecost. However, as I started reading many, many red flags went up – such as knowing the fictional Rosie has left the church and sometimes goes but doesn’t really see a need for it and then her husband, Sid, converting from Catholicism to Quaker and their embracing of all different thoughts and religions as long as it points to Christ. They forget the line in the Bible from Christ that no one gets to Him except through the Father – that means no Mohamed, Buddha or astrology – there is only One Way to God and ultimately to Heaven.

Knowing that the Wise Men used their knowledge of astronomy when the star pointed the way to the Christ child and the followed it had me shaking my head as the author has Rosie and Sid discussing how, Christians hate astrology but yet we believe the wise men used astrology. Astrology and astronomy are two very different ideas – one being science based and the other based in mythology and the occult. There was much more I found wrong about this book so I urge caution should you read it and use a discerning attitude and weigh everything discussed against the Word of God.

 

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