Think outside the box this spring by reading up on God’s creation– both the supernatural and yourself!
The Unseen Realm, by Michael S. Heiser~ I had questions and lots of them. Of course I knew the answers are in the Bible, but there are many things I didn’t understand. It was so frustrating! Then I heard a Bible scholar interviewed on the Moody program, In the Market with Janet Parshall (which you can listen to for a limited time here). What he had to say was so informative, interesting, and outside the box that I actually tried calling into the program with a question to ask but couldn’t get through because the lines were lit. Since that didn’t work, I set about to order his book through the library. I spent countless hours reading, rereading, and copying two composition notebooks full of reference notes. Even the footnotes were as fascinating as the rest of the book. I read it so much I was thoroughly wore out with the thing by the time I reached Chapter 42! And then I went exploring through his website, blog, articles and podcast because he has even more amazing footnotes. Is this book about spiritual warfare? That is what I thought it was before I started reading it, but it is not that exactly. It is more all-encompassing than that. I would say it is rather more the story of created, spiritual beings and the world’s history from a biblical perspective from the beginning to the end. Is it about weird, alternative doctrine? No, you don’t have to worry about that. Heiser may not always side with traditional teaching, but he always backs his statements up with rock-solid exegesis and his extraordinary knowledge of Hebrew. I felt in awe of the creativity and majesty of God while reading his explanations of various bible passages. There is one area where I would disagree with, and that is over the question of whether the Flood was a local or global catastrophe (I side with global). Although I don’t sense that he specifically intended this, I sometimes felt like God was portrayed as someone who was continually disappointed in His plan to be in relationship with people and kept moving to the next best plan down the list. It didn’t feel in keeping with the truth of God’s omniscience. However, I admire his goal of taking the academic out of the stuffy halls and bringing it to the ordinary Christian. I will be on the lookout for more books by him, and hope there will be soon! [*Note: If you have a hard time getting your head around intense bible study, you may prefer Heiser’s easier version of this information in another book called Supernatural.]
It’s Just My Nature!, by Carol Tuttle~ Remember the old Color Me Beautiful style system from way back when? All you had to do was match certain colors up to the season you were diagnosed with and you were told you’d be magically transformed. I devoured that book in my teens and have ever since been interested in color analysis and other systems and classification for personal fashion style. I love the idea of being one’s own unique personality! Of course, there are the new 12 or 16 color seasons now. But I stumbled across Carol Tuttle’s website and videos and learned of a different way to look at things. Instead of matching colors, her system is more 3-D in that it takes into consideration a person’s inherent energy. The end result is an honoring of not just the person’s appearance, but also of the way they process life. One of my resolutions this year was to explore this new ‘typology’ to better understand myself. I’ve never gone through Carol’s Dressing Your Truth program as far as purchasing anything or setting up an appointment in person, but I enjoyed reading her book and watching her videos online for free. I love seeing the transformations that come about after someone has worked with her! (After going through the process, I believe I am a Type 2.) It’s amazing how it really does involve more than just outer looks and delves into a study of the way we approach and think about life. I loved getting better acquainted with myself and it even broadened my understanding of how I viewed myself in the past. Although I don’t subscribe to all of what Carol teaches, I believe one could comfortably embrace most of her energy profiling program.