God in a Box

Thoughts from a Recovering Fundamentalist

Christian - Living
190 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2014
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Author Biography

Marion Pember earned a bachelor of arts in sociology from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, and a master of divinity in New Testament from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, California. He also completed a master of science in guidance and counseling and later a master of arts in marriage and family counseling. Marion Pember served as an Army chaplain for 30 years. After retiring he served as a volunteer fire service chaplain. He and his wife Carol live in Shawnee, Kansas and are active in their local church. They have two children and six grandchildren.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

God in a Box: Thoughts from a Recovering Fundamentalist by Marion Pember is a book that will expose you more to God and spirituality and clear up a lot of misgivings about religion and spirituality. The author introduces the concept of a 'God Box,' the box where we can keep our personal beliefs about God. It is an insightful and thought provoking book that also sheds more light on the Bible, scriptures and the myths regarding them. He also tells readers how questioning can encourage growth and there need not be an answer for everything. The author's thoughts and concepts in the book are a stimulant for growth.

The book is an interesting read and some of the author’s viewpoints are good and will motivate readers to look into themselves and change their perspective on God, Christianity and religion. The author delves deep into the Christian fundamental traditions and it is an ideal book for those looking to widen their knowledge about God and improve their relationship with themselves and God. The book also speaks about the author's journey from that of a fundamentalist Christian to a Christian agnostic.

The concept of keeping beliefs in a God Box is unique and it is interesting to know what type of God each one has in their God Box. The encompassing spirit of God and his active presence in the Universe is the dominant theme of the book. The importance of the church and its role in providing a healthy atmosphere of support to the community is also discussed.

Millie

Marion Pember’s journey is truly a faith journey, one of thinking ‘outside the box.’ As a minister, his background allowed little room for questioning. The religious beliefs imposed upon him placed him along with his religion in a box. But over time, he broke away from such rigidity. Now he encourages others who may also be trapped inside such a box to take a look at their own beliefs and truly examine the reason behind them.

This is a book well worth reading.

Millie

Marion Pember’s journey is truly a faith journey, one of thinking ‘outside the box.’ As a minister, his background allowed little room for questioning. The religious beliefs imposed upon him placed him along with his religion in a box. But over time, he broke away from such rigidity. Now he encourages others who may also be trapped inside such a box to take a look at their own beliefs and truly examine the reason behind them.

This is a book well worth reading.