Bound: an Earth Walker’s Handbook

Are there any fun theology books written with today’s reader in mind? Contemporary Christian thought leader Phyllis Tickle says “imaginative theologically and charming as well as rigorous, Bound, an Earth Walker’s Handbook is the best example I have ever seen of riveting and holy fun.”

“In the spirit of Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters,” as Professor Mark Mann of Point Loma Nazarene University describes it,Bound is framed as a handbook for guardian angels entering basic training for service to “wo|mankind.” With martial themes and a fantastic spiritual setting, this handbook for Earth-bound angels  captures readers’ imaginations in a way few contemporary Christian theology books do.

“On my own path to seminary, I cut my science fiction ‘eye teeth’ on Perelandra and That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis.  I entered Middle Earth and the battle of good and evil in Tolkein’s trilogy — all written in the last century and beloved by many.  Bound is a twenty-first-century articulation of that same battle.” Julia Overton, Master of Religious Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

The deceptively brief pages of Bound are packed with wisdom and thoughtful controversy, meticulously supported by Biblical references and critical thinkers such as Rev. Oswald Chambers, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Yogi Berra. …

Humor through satire, epigrams, puns, and wit keep readers engaged as they are presented with a wide range of theological questions:

·         If a person truly knows God, must there be attendant and notable transformation in her conduct?

·         Does wo|man exist apart from spiritual reality?

·         Is conflict within the church divinely ordained?

·         Can the probability of a person’s eternal salvation be mathematically calculated?

·         Is political activism heresy?

·         Does sentient spiritual evil exist?

·         Is the Catholic or Protestant (or both) religious canon flawed and/or incomplete?

·         Is organized religion good, bad, or indifferent?

“Stone’s training manual for a highly select brigade of angels being sent to Earth to save humans from their own religious foibles will keep readers laughing — all the while delivering an enlightening perspective on a ‘bigger spiritual story’ than is told in most churches. Don’t miss this engaging read!” Margaret Placentra Johnston, author of Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind.

 

 

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