Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Review: Earthen Vessels by Matthew Lee Anderson
EARTHEN VESSELS by Matthew Lee Anderson is a biblical exploration of how the human body matters to our faith. Our bodies are the medium through which we interact with the world and the people around us, yet few evangelicals consider the theological implications of living through our bodies. Anderson points to the incarnation of Jesus as the pattern for viewing the human body as vital to our spiritual journey with God.
Anderson addresses topics such as sexuality, tattoos, death, the effects of social media on the human body, and our culture's drive to alter the human body into an image we'd be more pleased with. Using ample Scripture quotations and quotes from both the most respected and the most controversial of Christian thinkers, Anderson puts forth a thought-provoking dialogue on the most important aspects of being human in a human body.
I especially loved the chapter on spiritual disciplines and the role of the body in our spiritual transformation. This is an insightful book to get people thinking about important issues concerning the body.
I received this book for free for review from Bethany House Publishing.