Published by Abingdon Press on September 1st 2015
Pastor and author Matt Rawle is on a mission. He sees Christ all around him—in books, movies, TV shows, rock music—and he wants to share what he sees. As Matt says, "God offers the raw ingredients, and 'culture' is whatever we cook up."
In The Faith of a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, pastor and author Matt Rawle uses Lee’s beloved characters to explore Christian faith, theology, and ethics. Join Scout, Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson in this four-week study considering God’s world and what it all means.
The Faith of a Mockingbird is part of The Pop in Culture Series of bible studies in which Matt Rawle stirs up a tasty gumbo of insight, humor, and inspiration based on some of your favorite pop culture classics. A DVD featuring four sessions with the author, a full Leader Guide, and a Worship Resources Flash Drive also are available for group study.
I did not realize when I saw this that it had so much to do with the book To Kill a Mockingbird. It was apropos since my family’s book club had decided on reading Harper Lee’s books this month.
Upon starting I had not read To Kill a Mockingbird and put this on hold until I finished. Although that was not necessary since Matt Rawle gives a synopsis, and in some cases talks a bit more in depth about the book. I wanted to read To Kill a Mockingbird to get a good understand of where Matt was coming from but really, it is not required.
Many of his chapters have to do with the characters and plot of the story but the main plot of this book is about loving one another. Matt Rawle constantly goes back to biblical passages to remind us what love is and how we can use the ideas of TKAMB and put them into our own lives.
For those on the blog it is known that I am a new christian. I am not one that goes around professing my feelings but I do try to follow in Jesus’s footsteps. Or Mother Theresa’s, Buddha’s, etc. The people who really made a loving difference in this world are the ones that I look to for what to do. Matt is able to take the things that happened in the Jim Crowe times and adjust them to our beliefs and ideals of today in a Godly way.
Jesus’s main idea while he walked this earth was one of peace and love so it saddens me to see so much violence today. TKAMB sheds some light on why the violence is prevalent but Matt Rawle is able to bring it all back around to biblical sense; to shed light on the problems and how to fix them within ourselves.
In short: This is an amazing book. Even if I were not a Christian I would want to read this. The ideas are biblical but the message is transcendent. The message is clear if only we would open our minds to really listen.