Sight in Sandstorm is a book difficult to categorize: part devotional, part creative retelling of the four Gospels, part historical Jesus scholarship and part devotional. Ann Temkin creatively weaves her own story into the Gospel and Gospels. Her story telling both engages the reader and is informed by Historical Jesus scholarship and intimate knowledge of the Scriptures and Gospels.
Each chapter is the weaving of the authors story with stories Jesus, retelling (Mid-rash on) of the Gospel stories. In her retelling she seeks to give the reader some insight into the possible internal life and experience of those Jesus encountered, both those he healed and his disciples. Mary Magdalene and Peter get the most treatment. This allows us the reader to see how there’s a conversation between the author’s life and the Gospels and stories of Jesus.
My only critique is that the metaphor of sight in a Sandstorm never seemed to fit with the account (not that I understood what this metaphor is supposed to convey either, though it is connected with her experience of hiking in the desert). However, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to know how the Gospels and the life of Jesus can inform one’s life of faith. It is the book is an excellent example of what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ that is intertwined with one’s daily life. In a time when for many faith is mere assent to certain propositions or theories about God, Temkin shows how the life of Jesus and the four Gospels can be intertwined into our lives such that Jesus Christ truly lives in our midst.
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