Book Review: The Mockingbird Parables

21 Sep

For those who love Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird, Matt Litton’s The Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives through the Power of Story, is a must-read.  Either read alone or as a companion to the original work, The Mockingbird Parables examines characters and well-known scenes of the classic novel through the lens of faith, tying these examinations to a practical issue relevant to the modern reader.
A few topics addressed are finances, caring for our world, the role of women in faith, the importance of compassion and communication.  While Litton’s observations are certainly grounded in a firm understanding of literature and religion, those looking for a more classically academic-sounding work might consider looking elsewhere.  Litton’s personal first-person style of writing made me feel as though I were participating in a conversation, not just reading his words on the page.  Not only does he relate modern concepts to each chapter, but he also tells stories from his personal life that serve to emphasize the importance and relevance of his discussions.
All in all, a very enjoyable read.  As a literature major and person of faith, I am always interested in the connections between so-called secular works and the acts or practices of faith.  In To Kill a Mockingbird, Litton has found parables that we can all apply to our lives in order to make an impact on those around us.
 
A copy of this book was provided by the Tyndale Blog Network.  I received no monetary compensation for this review.  All opinions express here are my own.

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One Response to “Book Review: The Mockingbird Parables”

  1. Rebecca September 23, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Thanks, Meg. To Kill a Mockingbird is my absolute favorite work of fiction, so I will definitely have to read The Mockingbird Parables. Thanks for your review.

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