In If They Could Talk, the authors ask the question: what if the animals of biblical times could talk?
- What would be the whale’s take on swallowing Jonah?
- How would the scapegoat who carried away Israel’s sins feel?
- Would the prodigal’s fatted calf resent his role or be happily oblivious to it, or both?
- What did Balaam’s donkey really think of his master?
- And how did the she-bears in the story of Elisha view God’s provision of a feast of forty-two children?
This is not a collection of sweet tales for young children. Not all of the animals (or people) in the biblical stories fared well. Many of the accounts are fun but others are serious and even confronting. One or two are bittersweet. All try to capture the essence of the biblical narrative from different animal perspectives.
Merideth Resce, President of Omega Writers and author of the Heart of Green Valley series –
Sometimes quirky and amusing, sometimes sober and reflective, If They Could Talk is a collection of engaging stories that will help the reader take another perspective of some well-known Bible tales.
Dr Aaron Chalmers, Lecturer in biblical studies and Head of Ministry and Theology, Tabor College –
What a fascinating idea! I’ve often encouraged students to approach the biblical text from the perspective of the different human characters, but never the animals. This book will open readers’ eyes to engaging with the biblical text in a brand new light.