I’ve been following JR Forasteros around the internet for the last few years, impressed with his knowledge of geek culture, as well as the way he pastors his church in Rowlett, TX. When he asked me to talk about his new book, Empathy for the Devil, on the show, I absolutely had to say yes! So, in this episode, I have more of a discussion about the book than a review. (Bear with me, I was up late reading and recording.) Huge thanks goes out to JR. and InterVarsity Press for sending me a review copy.
- Book Synopsis: Do we have anything in common with the villains of the Bible?
The sins of wrath, idolatry, and abuse of power are closer to us than we think. How do we guard against them? We learn not only by following moral exemplars—we also need to look at the warnings of lives gone wrong.
In this fictionalized narrative, JR. Forasteros reintroduces us to some of the most villainous characters of Scripture. He shows us what we can learn from their negative examples, with figures such as Cain, Jezebel, King Herod, and even Satan serving as cautionary tales of sin and temptation. Forasteros vividly tells their stories to help us understand their motivations, and his astute biblical and cultural exposition points out what we often miss about their lives.
We soon discover that we might have more in common with these characters than we would like to admit. Take a fresh look at the scoundrels of Scripture, and find sound pastoral guidance here to walk the path of righteousness.
- Rating: 5/5
- Favorite Section: Satan
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