When I saw, The Mockingbird Parables by Matt Litton, and read a bit about him and the book, I knew I wanted to read it to prepare for deeper discussions with my boys.
Litton starts the book off by telling us about his background with To Kill a Mockingbird, and the first time he heard the story. How it captivated him, and how he has returned to the novel again and again, and how he currently returns to it with his students year after year. How as he got older, he started seeing far more spiritual significance in the story. And those spiritual stories -- parables -- are what led to this book.
Chapters focus on a character, or an event, and what that means to our present society, particularly believers. Some of the chapter titles:
- The Parable of Atticus Finch: The Model of Christian Courage
- The Parable of the Missionary Tea: Our Responsibility to the Global Neighborhood
- The Parable of Raising Jem and Scout Finch: Parenting for Compassion
- The Parable of the Great Depression: The Christian Ethic of Financial Responsibility
Litton not only pulls from the novel, but he talks about how he has been influenced by the characters and situations throughout his life. What I loved most was some of his reflections on how he saw things as a young teen, vs. what he thought as a college student, vs. what he thought as a parent. I loved
how how this "felt" -- you know, what you get out of the book is going to change with time and life experiences.
This has made me really anxious to get a bit further in our studies so I can have conversations with Connor. Questions in the study guide in the back include ones like "How can we learn more about God and ourselves by spending time outdoors?" or "How does your faith affect or transform our definition of courage?"
I enjoyed this book. It was a pretty easy read, which I needed after some of the fairly intense stuff I've been reading lately. Maybe a bit too easy, actually. Much of the scripture quotations use The Message, which is not my favorite version of the Bible, or even one I generally consider acceptable. (He does also quote the NIV, NASB, and NKJV.) In spite of being easy to read, it still challenged me -- am I a positive influence on my society?
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.