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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Book Review: Timothy Keller - The Grieving Sisters

Keller has always been a good read and this book is no exception. It is really a booklet from the "The Encounters with Jesus" eSeries.

It is short but to the point.

As the title suggest, this is a book about the death of Lazarus. The two sisters are Mary and Martha. Jesus doesn't get there in time and Lazarus dies. The sisters are bereaved, as is Jesus. This is the section of the Bible that records Jesus wept.

Keller shows how Jesus treated the situation. Each sister acts in a different way, causing Jesus' response to be different when speaking with each woman.

It reminds me of the doctrine of Law and Gospel. Some people need the law. They are puffed up and think the world revolves around them. They need the Law to show them that they are not as great as they think they are. Others need the Gospel. They are already devastated and the Law would break distort them.

It is a great little booklet. I am interested in reading the others.

As an added bonus there is a preview of his new book,  "Every Good Endeavor", which is a biblical case for work.

I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book, free of charge, from Penguin and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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