Beginnings by Steve Wiens: Book Review

Beginnings are a natural part of life. Whether it’s a new job, a new house, or even an unwanted beginning, these transitions mark the stopping and starting points of every person’s life.

Pastor Steve Wiens uses the Biblical creation story and its seven days as an inspiration for our seasons of life today.  For example, Wiens calls Day Three of creation “Seeds”, and there’s a literal element to this, as seeds did spring up from the earth on the third day. But Wiens turns the creation story into an allegory for modern day Christians, saying that when you’re in a type of third day of creation in your life, seeds of growth start to spring up. He uses this technique with all seven days of creation, taking the literal and making it into an allegory.

Before you buy this book, consider if this use of Scripture is compatible with your own theology. If you agree that the  creation story is an account of how our world was made- not something we can use to suit any purpose – you might find that he’s stretching it a bit.

Whether your interpretation of creation is literal or extended, there is value in this read. The story of Hannah is appropriate for women struggling in a waiting season, and there are other stories from Christians today that are easy to relate to.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale House.

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