Tuesday, October 26, 2010
THE MOCKINGBIRD PARABLES by Matt Litton (Book Review)
My husband is an artist and I am not. When I see a piece of art or hear music I enjoy, I just know I really like it. Because of who he is, he can explain why it is a good art or music piece. I feel the same with this book. I feel like Mr. Litton has illuminated the reasons why "To Kill a Mockingbird" is such a great piece of literature. Especially from my Christian world-view.
It is clearly articulated in the beginning that the author in no way attributes his thoughts to Ms. Lee. Mr. Litton is taking a revered story and sees it through his Christian lenses and states just as much. What is amazingly wonderful, is that Mr. Litton has expertly taken the simple and basic tenants of what Jesus taught and shows us where they permeate this timeless story. As I read through the parables, I was sadly reminded of how timeless the issues of racism, both skin color and economic, really are. I was reminded of what it means to be a neighbor and what true courage and love really look like, not necessarily what Christians exude. It made me remember that my actions are truly what define what I say I believe and are noticed specifically by children.
I loved this book, partly because I love "To Kill a Mockingbird." I love it because it brought me to a place of realization of why I love Lee's novel, but also because the messages in Mr. Litton's parables are truth. Some are hard truths and convicting truths, but truth nonetheless based on God's Word. I would certainly recommend this book to others. It is an easy read and very applicable for book clubs. I wish I could discuss it with others!