The number of people who read the Bible is steadily declining, studies have found. Whether they can’t reconcile problematic texts with their lives, or feel like they just aren’t getting anything out of it anymore, people are leaving the Bible on the bookshelf. Meghan Larissa Good is trying to change those attitudes with her book The Bible Unwrapped: Making Sense of Scripture Today. It explores questions about Scripture that many people are too afraid to voice, and it explains where the Bible comes from, how it was written and, above all, it shows people why the Bible matters. CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre is partnering with MennoMedia and Mennonite Church U.S.A. to encourage all Mennonites to read this book through their initiative CommonRead. This is the program’s first year and it is running in Mennonite churches from July 2019 to May 2020. “CommonRead is an opportunity to read one title together as a nationwide church family,” says Arlyn Friesen Epp, director of CommonWord. “One of CommonWord’s mandates is to help strengthen the collective Anabaptist identity of our community of faith, and reading a singular title together, with online study guide and other conversation pieces provided, is a creative way to do that.” Book discounts for The Bible Unwrapped and resources like study guides, reviews by pastors and comments from the author can be found at CommonWord.ca. You can read the book's fourth chapter for free here.
—By Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe