Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy

Image of God in the Parables

Category:Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy

Author:Stephen W. Hiemstra

  • Publisher: T2Pneuma Publishers LLC
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2023
  • Number of Pages: 188
  • ISBN-10: 1-942199-97-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-942199-97-7
  • ASIN: 194219997X

Image of God in the Parables by Stephen W. Hiemstra is a wonderful exploration of the divine through the lens of Jesus' parables. The book examines the multifaceted nature of God's image as revealed in the New Testament, with a particular focus on the parables that convey the teachings of Jesus. Hiemstra contends that our perception of God reflects not only the divine character but also our own, establishing a connection between theological understanding and personal introspection. Hiemstra takes readers on a spiritual journey through the parables, highlighting their immersive quality and the unexpected paths they offer to experience God's transcendence. The book blends theology, narrative, and personal reflection, touching on metaphysics, anthropology, epistemology, and ethics. The author engages with philosophical perspectives, including the limitations of logical proof and the role of faith. Hiemstra explores the concept of ''warranted faith'' and the relational evidence of God's existence found in the Bible, emphasizing truth as a central theme.

The discussions on mercy unravel the distinction between mercy and compassion, drawing insights from parables like the “Good Samaritan” and the “Unforgiving Servant.” The author weaves biblical examples and principles into the book, reinforcing the consistency of God's merciful character and challenging believers to embody mercy in their lives. This gorgeous spiritual offering invites readers to meditate and to reflect on the hidden imports of the parables, with tools to grasp the allegorical interpretation of the Parables such as the “Barren Fig Tree.” Hiemstra integrates personal anecdotes and biblical references in the book, emphasizing divine mercy as a test for recipients and exploring the concept of restorative justice. The exploration of the healing of the man with an unclean spirit and the Parable of the Lost Sheep provides insights into the intricate relationship between grace, faith, and human response. Image of God in the Parables is written in prose that is accessible and in a voice that is authoritative. The questions at the end of each chapter will provoke a spiritual journey in readers. This book is a gift of faith that should be read and shared.

Reviewed By: Romuald Dzemo

Reviewed Date: January 8, 2024

Category: Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy