Broken Signposts by N.T. Wright–Book Review

In this book, Bible scholar N.T. Wright, discusses seven “signposts.”  These are things that all humans search for as ways to make sense of the world.  You might say they are part of our DNA.  They have been recognized across most cultures throughout history.  They are:

  • Justice
  • Love
  • Spirituality
  • Beauty
  • Freedom
  • Truth
  • Power

Unfortunately, in our fallen world these signposts have become broken.  As usual, we sinful people have taken the good gifts of good and misused them.  However, our universal desire for these things reveal that they are indeed point to the fact that we were made by a good and wise creator.

The author explores each theme in the light of the ministry of Jesus as chronicled in the gospel of John.  Interspersed are “interludes” with related background information to further illuminate the topic. Former Bishop Wright’s desire is:

” …  that many who read (this book) will themselves be led, perhaps through quiet meditation on John’s gospel, not only to a deeper faith and hope for themselves, but to work on these vocations in their own communities.  Justice, love, spirituality, beauty, freedom, truth and power need not remain as elusive as they sometimes appear.”

This work is clearly written and not difficult to read and understand, but still challenging.  I learned some things and enjoyed the way the author followed a variety of themes through the New and Old Testaments.

VERDICT:  5 Stars.  I recommend it.

For other book reviews see these posts:

The 4 Wills of God — Book Review

Martin Luther: A Life Inspired by Wyatt North — Book Review

A Holy Pursuit by Dianne Jago–Book 


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About jculler1972

My husband is the retired pastor of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, Maryland. I have two grown daughters, three grandchildren and am retired after a career in Purchasing. I have published articles in The Lutheran Ambassador, Lutheran Witness, and Lutheran Digest. My Bible study on the Book of Acts was published in 2016 by the Women's Missionary Federation of the AFLC(Association of Free Lutheran Churches).

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