As our lives change, even the most familiar words of the
Bible can strike us in new and unexpected ways. Many of us were brought up to
believe that a scriptural passage can have only one meaning. This idea limits
our appreciation. Reading the Bible is like looking into a spiritual mirror.
When we really absorb its language and images and give ourselves time to let
them work their way into our souls, the ancient words can touch our life
experience in unexpected ways.—from the Preface
The language and drama of the Bible have an enduring power
throughout our culture, whether or not we see this classic text as the word of
God. From the seven days of creation in the Old Testament to the vineyard
laborers of Jesus’ parable, here are well-known and inspiring biblical passages,
accompanied and invigorated by Nichols’s fresh, meditative reflections. This
accessible approach offers readers the opportunity to experience this timeless
wisdom in a new way.
John Nichols is interim minister at First Unitarian
Church of Providence, Rhode Island, and has served congregations in
Massachusetts, Illinois and New
York for nearly forty years. The author of The Biblical Humanist Companion, Nichols
resides in Wellesley Hills,
Massachusetts, with his wife
Praise for A Wind
Swept Over the Waters:
"These short, deft, thoughtful essays reflect the reality of
our lives and witness to 'a power in scripture that transcends theology.'
Nichols sees God in a waterfall, a whisper, a hand, an unfair boss, insomnia,
parties, catastrophes and a six-year old asking, 'Who’s in charge here?'"—Carl Scovel, author, Never Far from Home
offers us a model for reflecting personally on selected Bible passages. Neither
highfalutin' academic nor pop psych spiritual, A Wind Swept Over the
Waters reveals one liberal theist's success at making sense of human
existence with help from the Bible."—Jane Rzepka, senior minister, Church of
the Larger Fellowship
"Nichols revitalizes well-known Bible passages and shows us
how we can bring our own lens to these ancient teachings while avoiding the rote
interpretations of orthodoxy. We are fortunate indeed to have this refreshing
and provocative reading of our most precious religious text."—Denis Meacham, associate minister, First Parish, Brewster, Massachusetts
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