on 23 April 2014
I've been reading this book for a few days, and I just can't quite get my head around it.
The book contains some great insights on the parables. For example, Wilson says about the three parables in Luke 15 that they are, "symmetrical in concern, but each is distinct in perspective. Each makes the same point, and each makes its own point. As a development of thought, they build into each other, giving us three different angles on the same basic purpose of the kingdom - to bring the lost to God." loc. 777
But, otherwise the book is actually quite different to follow and feels poorly edited. The chapter titles for a start often don't really tell you what is in them e.g. "Postcards from the Revolution" and so don't really serve as a guide as to what parables to expect. The book also contains a lot of material on the Kingdom of God, parables in the Old Testament, and how Jesus himself is an embodied parable.
There are some gems in here. But they're just too difficult to dig out. If you're after a primer on the parables, this is not the book you're after sadly.