For those out of the loop, you
might want to begin need to start with the excellent summary (and links) from Micha Boyette at Her.meneutics. For those who are familiar with this story, I get into much greater detail in the comments section.
While on the one hand I rather hate to draw attention to last week’s tension between Canadian blogger and Zondervan author Tim Challies and Canadian blogger and Zondervan author Ann Voskamp, it really highlights the spectrum of opinion that we find in the world of Christian blogging.
Though they live a very short distance apart, they are probably light years apart theologically. For some inexplicable reason, Tim took to reviewing the book a year and a half after publication. Presumably some among his tribe were concerned and John Piper was not available to deliver a ruling on it. (Having typed that tongue-in-cheek statement, it is an interesting situation considering Ann is a fan of Piper.)
Tim could not condone the book, to the point of calling it “dangerous.” For some of the more cynical, this might constitute the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. But when über-blogger Challies can’t endorse you’re writing, the weaker among us would be tempted to pack up the team and head home before the first inning.
Not Ann Voskamp. She took the high road. She invited him to come for dinner.
You remember that verse, “When your enemy curses and reviles you, invite them to your farm for a delicious feast.” Yes. That verse is there. Just check your concordance.
I mentioned Ann’s book here shortly after it started to take off. Although I hadn’t read it, I provided an overview focusing on the poetic language she uses, a rarity in Christian publishing. The book, to some, has been a breath of fresh air, a cup of refreshing water.
But dinner at Ann’s farm would be an awesome experience. I would gladly have trashed the book in this space if I knew it would earn such a prestigious invitation.
So, if you’re reading this, Ann, I just live an hour on the other side of Toronto.
Here’s the link again to the story at CT’s women’s blog, her.meneutics. Be sure to click all the links, so you can see all of Ann’s pictures.
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