In Like a Hammer Shattering Rock, McKenna looks at how the gospels originally affected Jesus' society and followers, and questions why these gospels aren't generating a comparable impact today with their original power and insights. These reflections encourage us to live the Word of God and allow the Spirit to drive believers and the Church to change, live, and experience the message in the still-vibrant, life-giving Word of God that is like a hammer shattering rock - and become that Word to others in the world.
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You may remember I struggled to finish a certain book I was reviewing. (It meant well but was just lame.) With this book, I've decided I won't feel bad about abandoning any I'm reviewing when it's clear the author's got an agenda that contradicts the Church. Megan McKenna's words are so plain that I can't stand to even publish them here, lest there be some misunderstanding about my own beliefs and intentions. I don't even like that McKenna's name will appear in a tweet of mine when this post publishes. Page 66 is where I finally drew the line. I was suspicious immediately though, so I peeked at the book's bibliography: Hans Kung, twice. That's enough, really, but I thought I'd give McKenna one more chance (before I got to page 66 that is) and ask on the Catholic Answers forum. I'd have been much better off choosing the other one I might have by Tom Peterson, founder of Catholics Come Home. To think I hesitated because it's "only" 160 pages. Live and learn, which is why I'm doing this, right? Maybe there's still a chance to get Peterson's book. From now on, when I haven't heard of a book's author, I will look or ask on the Catholic Answers forum before requesting it. As for this one, I'll begrudgingly hang on to it until I'm sure I don't need it anymore for this review. But it won't contaminate the library shelf. It will be put in the recycle bin with no regrets. On the plus side? I am publishing a week after my last post after all, which I had not expected to happen.
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