What if the imperfections and contradictions in Scripture aren’t an accident? What if they were allowed to be there by the Holy Spirit in order to draw us beyond the literal words on the page and deeper into the spiritual truth God is trying to teach us? As provocative or unorthodox as that might sound, it is in fact a very ancient way of understanding what it means for the Bible to be divinely inspired. In this thorough and disarming book, author Zack Hunt explains how we got here and offers a practical and easily accessible approach for reading and understanding the Bible that doesn’t require a PhD in biblical languages.
Godbreathed is a book about the Bible unlike anything you’ve ever read before. It’s a challege to rethink even our most basic assumptions about the Bible, where it came from, who wrote it, and what role in plays in the life of the church.
These billboards appear in I-65 in downtown Nashville near 100 Oaks. They capture the basic message of the Godbreathed by taking some commonly held assumptions about what the Bible says and flipping those assumptions on their heads. The hope is they will start a much needed conversation about the Bible and why it’s often taken more literally than seriously.
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:12
Even the apostle Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament, admits we don’t and can’t have it all figured out this side of heaven.
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God..”
– Romans 1:1
Not every book in the Bible has a clear author like Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, but every one of the biblical authors were people just like Paul.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
– John 3:17
John 3:16 is often used to literally scare the hell out of people, but the following verse makes is clear God’s love doesn’t condemn the world, it saves it. And hell? The eternal place of torture for sinners that Dante wrote about it? It’s no where to be found in the Bible.
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As the disillusioned leave the Church in droves and the deconstructing search for better answers to eternal questions, Godbreathed repositions Scripture in the life of the Church to allow it to be what it was meant to be all along: a source of life, hope, and freedom for all. Godbreathed will reclaim the idea of biblical truth and reveal it to be not a list of beliefs to affirm or laws to be followed, but an invitation into a new way of living and loving on earth as it is in heaven
If you live in the Nashville area, make sure to come out to the Barnes & Noble in Cool Springs this coming Saturday, May 6th to meet Zack in person and learn more about his new book Godbreathed.
About the author
Zack has spent the last decade writing about the interplay of faith and politics in the public sphere on his eponymous blog, Substack, and Patheos as well as contributing articles to multiple publications. He’s also made appearances in Rolling Stone, The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and various other media outlets. Zack’s work culminated in the launch of his first book, Unraptured, in 2019 which Publishers Weekly called “a piquant debut.” Using stories drawn from his own faith deconstruction, Unraptured reimagined the biblical theology and application of Revelation to see it not as mysterious code to be unraveled, but a source of hope and liberation, particularly for the least of these among us. His next book, Godbreathed: What It Really Means For the Bible To Be Inspired, will release May 9, 2023.