The Broken Way

Ann Voskamp's style is hard for some people to take. Her books are prose poetry, and those who are interested in a strictly academic systematic theology will be disappointed. I find that her writing style is the most common criticism by people who don't like her books. I, however, love the way she writes. It's like an amalgam of T.S. Eliot and Bonhoeffer.

Another criticism I've heard of Voskamp is that her theology is heretical mysticism that perverts the gospel. I read one "discernment" blogger saying that she could hear the whispering of the serpent through Ann Voskamp's writing. I honestly don't get this one at all. I didn't find any trace of bad doctrine in this book at all. Maybe she emphasizes things in a different way than I would, maybe she uses non-standard theological vocabulary, but what she is presenting here is a pretty solid theology of suffering such as Martin Luther would have undoubtedly approved. She's also probably more well…

100 Days of Theological Clerihews
Day 16: John of Damascus

John of Damascus[1]

Saint John the Damascene,
His beard’s the best you’ve ever seen,
Said no to the emperor’s strictures
Because he liked to kiss pictures.

[1] I realize that I accidentally took a month off from writing these clerihews. I decided that as long as I followed through with 100 days of clerihews, it didn’t matter if they were consecutive days.