Wednesday, October 30, 2013

'The Rescue Mission' by Pete Atkinson - Reviews


Praise for ‘The Rescue Mission’ by Pete Atkinson

'Pete Atkinson's telling of the overarching narrative of the Bible is a fascinating and enthralling read. His poetic imagination gives us glimpses into the minds and hearts of the many of the biblical characters. The author explores the anger and grief of the three persons of the Trinity as the people of God respond to God's overtures of love and his desire for an intimate relationship with his people. We ride the roller coaster with Biblical characters as they walk closely and faithfully with God for a while, walk away in fear and rebellion and then return in repentance and faith. The tensions between sovereignty and responsibility, justice and mercy, and the discipline and delight of God in relation to his people are powerfully conveyed. We are caught up in the amazing drama and strong emotions of the story. I have been a believer for many years and I found it hard to put down this dramatic summary and retelling of the story. It helped me, in a new way, to connect my story with the larger biblical story of redemption.'
Dr. Richard Winter, Professor of Practical Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary

'Dramatic. Lively. Well-informed. Pete Atkinson's retelling of the Bible story is different from many others already available and whether used as a script for public performance or read privately, its vitality will engage people. They'll learn the individual stories, their setting and the big story all at the same time. I enjoyed reading this book and I'm sure you will too.'
Dr. Derek Tidball, Board Member for the Evangelical Alliance, Former Principal of London School of Theology and Former President of the Baptist Union

'This book is dangerous, in a good way. You thought you knew how God views his rescue mission throughout history, but perhaps you don't understand the mind of God as well as you thought. Read this book to experience another perspective on how God sees His world.'
Dr. Michael Schluter CBE, Chief Executive of Relationships Global

'The Rescue Mission by Pete Atkinson is a fresh, imaginative, dramatic and partly poetic presentation of the Biblical account of the history of mankind and God’s love. It is very creative while remaining loyal to the meaning of the Biblical text. The energy and emotion of this book can bring the reader into a greater love for God. It will give Christians some new literary ways of conceiving of Biblical events and truths and possibly help with re-thinking some of them.’
Ellis Potter, Author of ‘Three Theories of Everything’ (2012, Destinee Media), Pastor of Basel Christian Fellowship

'Pete Atkinson has provided an invaluable tool in the wide perspective overview of the Bible. It will undoubtedly be an attractive read for those who as yet have no faith at all and are just interested.'
Ranald Macaulay, Author of 'Being Human' (1998, IVP), Son-in-law of Francis Schaeffer

‘As a published author I know how hard it is to come up with an original approach to well-handled material. But Pete Atkinson has done it! This is an imaginative and novel approach to the greatest story ever told that will captivate those unfamiliar with its subject matter, and educate those who thought they were. It is a very unusual creative work - I’ve not come across anything like it before. I love the insights and connectivity of threads across scripture, and I commend it to your attention.’
Pete Gilbert, Author of ‘Kiss and Tell’ (2003, CWR) and ‘Walk the Walk’ (2004, CWR)

'Pete has a gripping writing style that is pacy, evocative and faithful to the original Bible texts (cited throughout). It's a great overview of the key themes of the Bible for new believers wanting to pull out the threads of grace that connect the Garden to Golgotha and beyond, and it's a breath of fresh air for the more mature Christian looking to be blown-away again by the saving power of God. I want to thank Pete for reminding us all of how an imaginative and faithful re-telling of this good news story can equip us all to be more compelling people as we share our faith and lead grace-filled lives that demand explanation.'
Dr. Stephen Taylor, Post-doctoral Researcher, Bi-fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge University

‘The Rescue Mission is a genre defying book: part epic, part poem, part drama, part novel, part commentary; it is genuinely original and radically imaginative. It tells the Bible story in a multi-perspectival way: God's, the Bible characters' and ours', which not only sharpens our understanding but engages our emotions at both the tragedy and the hope involved in the human drama. One of its real strengths is to give a dynamic overview from Genesis to Revelation so that we see how it all started and where it's going and how we can be part of it.’
Ian Cooper, English L’Abri, Tutor for Christian Heritage, Cambridge

'This is an imaginatively original and brilliantly executed piece of storytelling which presents the Bible as you've never read it before. If you've already read the Bible cover-to-cover, this novel will challenge and inform you - If you've never imagined yourself reading the Bible, this could be the start of a beautiful discovery. Ambitious, captivating, and definitely a worthwhile read.'
Dr. Simon Page, PhD from Cambridge University

Other readers are saying...

‘Makes Old Testament history come alive as never before – a totally fresh re-telling of God’s redemptive plan, which is at once absorbing, passionate and illuminating.’

‘What is truly unique about this book is that it not only condenses the message and history of Christianity into just 200 pages - an outstanding feat in itself - but it reveals many little known fascinating threads running throughout the Bible, which Pete Atkinson ties together in an original, distinctive and thoroughly enjoyable style.’

‘The Rescue Mission takes the complex and diverse narratives of the Bible and condenses them into a format which is stylish and easy to read. Readers are taken by the hand and guided through the ecstatic highs, crushing lows and unforeseen surprises that make the ‘greatest story ever told’ accessible to a modern audience. The short punchy chapters make for great bed-time reading … and it’s desperately moreish!’


‘The Rescue Mission is a compelling read, weaving together the narrative of the Bible into a fresh and imaginative novel which brilliantly illustrates the true character of God.’

‘This book is a must read! It is very accessible to a wide audience. It is the first Bible commentary I have read that has helped me clearly understand the content and connections between the Bible’s books and chapters.’

'Just finished reading this book - read most of it in 24 hours - couldn't put it down - such a brilliant read - thank you so so much for writing this! Have never read anything like it. Thank you.'

'It was so good I read it in one sitting and ordered six more copies for my friends.'

'You are in for a treat. The Rescue Mission sweeps through the story of Scripture with speed and skill.'

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Saturday, July 06, 2013

The Rescue Mission Amazon Reviews

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1. 'The Rescue Mission is an incredible piece of narrative, thoroughly original, theologically stimulating and worship inducing. It has challenged me, informed me and inspired me - conveying in a powerful way God's great and global plan of redemption and restoration.


It is a book that I would recommend to those who ask me 'why do you believe what you believe, who is Jesus, what is this faith of Christianity?' - the book faithfully communicates the heart of God that we see throughout the Bible - a cry for love, justice, compassion, peace, equality, and deep, intimate relationship with his creation.

It's a book that I would also recommend to those knowing Jesus, having a real and living relationship with him - giving them a fresh, powerful insight into what God has done for them, where God is leading them, and where they stand in God's rescue mission at this time.'


2. 'A friend lent me this book. I found it absolutely thrilling to read. The literary devises used draw the reader in to the love motivation behind the biblical revelation of God's rescue plan in an emotional and reverent way. I've bought my own copy now because I know I will want to re-read it.'


3. 'I've been reading Pete Atkinson's book at a conference on humanitarianism this week. It's fitting in a way. As we've been hearing about refugee camps and emergency evacuation operations in the day, I've been retreating to my room at night to read an even more gripping narrative. There is fear and despair in this story too, but there is also the hope that only a daring rescue mission can birth. Pete has a gripping writing style that is pacy, evocative and faithful to the original Bible texts (cited throughout). It's a great overview of the key themes of the Bible for new believers wanting to pull out the threads of grace that connect the Garden to Golgotha and beyond, and it's a breath of fresh air for the more mature Christian looking to be blown-away again by the saving power of God.


It is a book that I would recommend to those who ask me 'why do you believe what you believe, who is Jesus, what is this faith of Christianity?' - the book faithfully communicates the heart of God that we see throughout the Bible - a cry for love, justice, compassion, peace, equality, and deep, intimate relationship with his creation.

It's a book that I would also recommend to those knowing Jesus, having a real and living relationship with him - giving them a fresh, powerful insight into what God has done for them, where God is leading them, and where they stand in God's rescue mission at this time.'


I'm thankful to Pete for reminding me of one key truth that is a motivation for my faith, and I hope to yours too. The story of the Bible, and the power that it is endowed with, is a much better story than any of the fleeting power struggles that occupy our attention in this world. It is a story that must be told, so that its power might go forth into the world. That is the task of the church, and the rescue mission that we are all called to contribute to. I want to thank Pete for reminding us all of how an imaginative and faithful re-telling of this good news story can equip us all to be more compelling people as we share our faith and lead grace-filled lives that demand explanation to the world around us.'


4. 'I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I couldn't put it down and read most of it in a day! It carefully takes the reader through the events in the bible in a comprehensive yet gripping way. This book is unlike any other Christian book I have read and would highly recommend it!'

5. 'This is an imaginatively original and brilliantly executed piece of storytelling which presents the Bible as you've never read it before. If you've already read the Bible cover-to-cover, this novel will challenge and inform you - If you've never imagined yourself reading the Bible, this could be the start of a beautiful discovery. Ambitious, captivating, and definitely a worthwhile read.'

6. 'This book is a lively, fun and thrilling paperback, which I really struggled to put down at times. It provides a fantastic overview of the whole of the Bible and puts lots of elements into context. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you have a faith or not, as a way of really understanding what the Christian message is all about. Great work Pete Atkinson!'

7. 'I got this book a few months back and it still impresses me when I return to it now. To read it brings a fresh set of eyes to the biblical narrative, and illuminates much about God, ourselves and the story we each live in. I thoroughly recommend it to all, particularly those who want a fresh take on the familiar.'

8. 'A remarkable attempt to present a coherent overview of the biblical 'story'. There is so much delightful juxtaposition of biblical thoughts and ideas, and cross-references to biblical themes. The various scenes and incidents are imaginatively re-told, and reflect a `present-day' life and liveliness - and there is inter-linking continuity.'

9. 'The Rescue Mission beautifully illustrates the romantic God who pursues his people passionately. The literary style, combining poetry and prose, not only shows Pete Atkinson's craft, but also provides a theological education and genre consistent to scripture.'

10. 'What is truly unique about this book is that it not only condenses the message and history of Christianity into just 200 pages - an outstanding feat in itself - but it reveals many little known fascinating threads running throughout the Bible, which Pete Atkinson ties together in an original, distinctive and thoroughly enjoyable style.'

11. 'The Rescue Mission was so good I read it in 1 sitting and then ordered 6 more copies for my friends! Particular highlights were: descriptions of God as the community of Elohim - a group with real emotions. And the extra details on strands of God's character. I liked the bit about Egypt and the plagues best. Read it!

12. 'The Rescue Mission takes the complex and diverse narratives of the Bible and condenses them into a format which is stylish and easy to read. Readers are taken by the hand and guided through the ecstatic highs, crushing lows and unforeseen surprises that make the `greatest story ever told' accessible to a modern audience. The short punchy chapters make for great bed-time reading ... and it's desperately moreish!'

13. 'Written from the perspective that the Bible is a book about God's rescue mission, this book takes stories from the Bible and writes them in a dramatic style that helps you see things you haven't seen before. It is engaging, and the stories would work well for adapting into a drama or narrative sermon. Definitely recommend.'

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Monday, April 08, 2013

'A Tale of Two Trees' Wedding Reading

This reading was performed at my wedding to the beautiful Bethany on March 23rd 2013. It is adapted from a chapter in The Rescue Mission, available on Amazon at http://tiny.cc/amazonrescuemission.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Rescue Mission - First Published Review

The Rescue Mission, by Pete Atkinson.

This is an extraordinary book, tackling the seemingly impossible task of prĂ©cising the Bible. To my mind the author achieves this in a creative and imaginative way. The narrative of the book is in 201 pages, the text of my Bible takes over 1200 pages. As I read on, I found it hard to put down, and each changing scene and storyline took the form of a drama acted out
in my mind.

From Creation to the Revelation, Pete moves back and forth through time and events, with tantalizing hints for the future, and explanations of the past. The anchor for the story is a neglected and dilapidated building through which we the readers, join the explorers and pick up the beginning of the cohesive thread which will take us through to the very end of a
massive story.

The Bible consists of many types of book and story, some brutal and ugly, some poetic and
lovely. Both the bald brutality, and the poetry and beauty, are here in Pete’s narrative. The modern style and lay out of the book complement this carefully crafted enterprise. At the heart of this book is love and relationship and I found the imagery of the mystery and nature of God quite compelling and unforgettable.

The Rescue Mission is heart breaking, and full of love and hope, and might take you into
2013 with determination and confidence.

Written for Steyning Parish Magazine, February 2013. Republished here with permission.
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