Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible
Abingdon Press (2013)
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (10/13)
My interest was piqued by the title of Debbie Blue’s book “Consider the Birds” for two reasons. My wife and I have been introduced to the enjoyment of providing a number of bird feeders so that we can observe the characteristics of a number of bird species which are native to our home in S. W. Michigan. We are also interested in continuing to gain new insights into our reading and studying of the Bible as it relates to our culture, character, and lifestyle.
Debbie’s cutting edge observations into man’s nature, the vulnerability of our humanness and the inconsistencies and disparity of our core values caused me to challenge, reflect, consider, and change some of my ideas. Debbie reveals insights into the importance and significance of ten birds frequently mentioned in the Bible, introducing lessons we can learn from these birds as we examine ourselves, our beliefs, and our relationships.
The Dove (pigeon), the sparrow, and the raven are all frequent visitors to our back yard or our feeders. Blue has given us a new understanding and a greater appreciation for man’s frailties, God’s divine perfection, and the unique connection between the two; when God became an ordinary man, embodied in the flesh through Jesus Christ. I was especially intrigued with the parallels between Jesus’ Baptism, the friendly nature of the pigeon, the Holy Spirit, and God’s perseverance in pursuing man’s loyalty. Lessons on God’s concern for the Sparrow highlights the value he places on the ‘lowliest’ man. The raven reminds us of God and that we do not need to live with anxiety and that we can depend on God for our provision.
Each of the other seven birds open additional doors for change which draw out our humanity, the need for faith, and God’s amazing grace. “Consider the Birds” by Debbie Blue is refreshing, entertaining, and sensitive. Highly recommended.