My ten year old went to art camp last week. The camp is taught by a crazy talented woman I've known my entire life. As children we stood together on the stage after camp and sang "The B I B L E. Yes, That's the Book for me" and a goofy song about how "the life of a frog is not very cool because frogs don't get to go to Sunday School". It stuck with me.
Last night we went to the art show. It was held in a great old warehouse downtown. Tall white walls, apple juice and cookies. My favorite project was the self portrait cartoon. Cheerful. Nice study in proportion. The girl with the pink tutu makes me grin.
I love my daughter's project. The big blue eyes and cheerful freckles are a good nod to her spunky personality. The wide smile is either a good indicator that she's a happy person or it is a self aware reflection that like her mama she does not ever stop talking.
Her photo has more depth and detail than the portrait. But if you really want to get to know my daughter you are going to have to share a cup of tea with her, stay up late giggling in the night, ask her about how to cartwheel and spend some time watching Star Wars and painting. Really if you know her, the art is more fun. A big circle of knowing.
That circle of knowing gives a good way to introduce one of the features here at Quirky Faith. Every Monday "That's the Book" will be a post reviewing a different book of the Bible. My blog post should function like my daughter's cartoon portrait. Fun and cheerful and big picture. I'm hoping it makes you want to read the actual book. And the whole point of the Bible is to have a tool to get to know God.
The Bible is actually a collection of 66 books written over 1500 years by roughly 40 different people all inspired by God. I've thought a lot about what this book means to me and why I care that other people know it. I am not a Bible scholar. There are many qualified teachers and preachers who can break down the Greek and Hebrew and give you the doctrinal truth better than me. I'll try to let you know where to find them as we go.
But I am passionate about sharing with you how I see the Bible. Not in a "chase you down the street let me beat you with this weapon" kind of way. More like "Hey! Oh my goodness! All my good friends; did you hear that the gourmet restaurant down the street is giving away free coffee and chocolate and pasta and all we have to do is show up so come with me right now and let's go eat!" After all, the Bible is the Bread of Life.
So come along. Next Monday. Fun like camp. I'm hoping it sticks with you. That's the Book.
I love Jesus. I think my two daughters can change the world. I think you can too.
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