Theology 101 in Bite-Sized Pieces: A Bird's Eye View of the Riches of Divine Grace

Judy Azar LeBlanc. WestBow, $11.95 trade paper (124p) ISBN 978-1-4497-0706-4
LeBlanc's well-meaning but uneven exploration of theology would have benefited from a thorough edit. While the author provides notations and references that steer readers to various scriptural sources, LeBlanc fails to clearly delineate the theme and purpose of her book and frequently contradicts herself. The "Bird's Eye View" of the subtitle, for instance, never materializes, and the book lacks a clear structure. While LeBlanc seeks to explore some basic tenants of fundamental Christianity, her work lacks breadth and depth. Forty of the book's 124 pages are given over to a "New American Standard Greek Lexicon," while other entries on concepts like "Adoption" or "Justification" run less than two pages. That missing editor might have addressed these issues and caught some of the author's tics: her assertions, for instance, that she "must admit that [she doesn't] fully comprehend" or "cannot even imagine" or finds it "quite difficult for me to wrap my mind around" various biblical concepts. While there are probably some readers out there who will connect to LeBlanc's thoughts and appreciate her scholarship, this book is not likely to find a wide audience.
Reviewed on: 03/28/2011
Release date: 10/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
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