Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Book Review: Mockingbird Parables
The Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives through the Power of Story
By Matt Litton
Tyndale House, 2010
English, 240 pgs.
The Mockingbird Parables takes readers on an inspiring and engaging journey through Harper Lee’s beloved 1960 literary masterpiece, introducing each character through the lens of faith. The enigmatic Boo Radley as an allegorical representation of God, “the divine, mysterious neighbor” who watches over, protects, and longs to know his children personally. The hero, Atticus Finch, as a model of faith, integrity, and even parenting. The main character, Scout Finch, and what she might teach us about the role of women in church and society.
The Mockingbird Parables compels us to ask the often-ignored questions: Do we truly love our neighbors? Are we building community? Are we influencing society for the better? By illuminating the parallels between Christian faith and Lee’s masterpiece, The Mockingbird Parables reaffirms the magnitude of a novel perhaps more relevant today than ever before.
I was disappointed with this book. To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favorite books and I was really hoping to dig deep into it with a devotion style book. This book neither digs deep nor does it read as a devotional. It does have good points (do good, watch out for kids, get to know your neighbors, take care of each other) but I felt that the style of the book was lacking in depth. It is waaaay too personal. I think losing a sister like the author did would be terribly heartbreaking, but it's brought up way too many times and the personal stories in the book distract from the "meat" of the book. The points from the book are simply retelling of the book. I would much rather go read Ms. Lee's book than read this one. I was neither challenged nor inspired by this book. What a shame.
I received a copy of this book from the Tyndale Blog Network. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.