The notion of actually considering my physical frame in light of Scripture was a new one to me. Despite, or perhaps because of an evangelical understanding that my mortal body harbors sin, I suppose I spend very little time thinking about it. To such as I am, Matthew Anderson writes Earthen Vessels, a theological exposition of the relevance of our physical spheres to our spirit, and thus our faith. He argues that we cannot disregard it – in light of the Creator’s genius (which could occupy yet another tome), and His obvious plan for just such a frame to aid us in our spiritual walk. Touching on tough issues such as homosexuality, lust, tattoos, abuses, and the place of spiritual disciplines towards the body, Anderson delves deep into a very personal relationship with our Savior. But this is not a book for self-help, but rather reflection, for ponderings, for an awakening of subjects not thought on. I expect to re-read it, and keep it as a reference point – some of his points are startling, some expected, but none are mundane. This would make a good gift to deeper theologians, to anyone in ministry, or to spark a great discussion.
Matthew Lee Anderson also blogs on the site MereOrthodoxy.com, and is found on Twitter and Facebook, where he invites comments.