Popular author and speaker Margaret Feinberg invites you to accompany her on the spiritual adventure of a lifetime. Explore how ancient livelihoods illuminate meaningful Christian truths that apply to life today. Spend time with a grape grower, a shepherdess, a beekeeper, and a farmer, all who bring fresh insights to familiar Scriptures. While some dismiss the Bible as a dusty old book, author Margaret Feinberg view its pages as portals to adventure: “Not only is it chockfull of clever plots and compelling stories, it’s also laced with historical insights and literary beauty. Yet, lately, I can’t help but notice the gap between the ancient world and my own.” What does it mean to know that Jesus is the Good Shepherd when the only places I’ve encountered sheep are at petting zoos? How can I understand the promise of a land overflowing with honey when I buy mine in a bear-shaped bottle? Can I grasp the urgency of Jesus’ invitation to abide in the vine when I shop for grapes at a local grocery store? Join Margaret on a spiritual adventure that moves from reading the Bible to entering stories that can be touched, tasted, heard, seen, smelled, and savored.
Question and Answers with the Author
What inspired you to take the journey found in Scouting the Divine?“All too often, when I open the Bible, I feel a sense of disconnect. The stories were written thousands of years ago in a distant culture. In addition, the Bible is written in a primarily agrarian society and I live in a modern urban/suburban world. While I cannot go back in time and experience ancient culture, I can do something about learning more about the agrarian world in which the Bible is written. For Scouting the Divine, I decided to travel to Oregon to spend time with a shepherd, Nebraska to talk to a farmer, Colorado to learn from a beekeeper, and Napa Valley to hang out with a vintner. With each individual, I asked, 'How do you read this, not a theologian, but in light of what you do everyday?' Their responses change the way I read the Bible
How did the experience with a shepherd, farmer, beekeeper, and vintner change your view of Scripture?“Throughout the journey, I began seeing familiar passages of scripture in a new light. John 10 suggests that God is like a shepherd and we’re like sheep. Just as shepherd calls out to His sheep and they hear his voice, so too, God calls out to us and we are to hear his voice and respond. It’s one thing to read that passage, but it’s another to stand in a field and watch an entire flock bolt toward their shepherd with only three spoken words, 'Sheep, Sheep, Sheep.' Many people wonder, 'How do I know if it’s God’s voice?' What they don’t realize is that like sheep, we’re wired to respond to the voice of God in our lives. Yes, we can make choices that impede our ability to hear from God. We can choose to run to the far end of the field and stick our neck through the fence, but at the end of the day, if we are trying to hear God’s voice then like a good shepherd, God will make sure we understand. We were created to know Him!
How can readers 'Scout the Divine' in their own lives? “The beauty of Scouting the Divine is that it reminds us that we don’t have to travel half way around the world to find out more about God. We can discover more of God in our own backyards. We can purposely engage in conversations with those whose daily lives circle around Biblical themes. That may mean taking a small group out to a farm to learn about sowing or reaping. It may mean taking a Bible study class on an excursion to visit a petting farm. It may mean touring a vineyard in order to understand what it really means to abide in the vine. We can prayerfully approach familiar passages of Scripture and humbly ask God, 'Show us Your Word in fresh way. Reveal another facet of yourself in this passage I’ve read a hundred times before. I want to know more of you.' That’s the kind of prayer I think God has a hard time saying no to. In addition, Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, & Wild Honey 6-week interactive DVD Bible Study is releasing in January from Lifeway. I can’t wait!