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Religion Can Be Fun – See The Difference For Yourself 

May not totally convince the more conservative reader, but it will provide fresh understanding for a new generation of seekers

Religion Can Be FunReligion Can Be Fun – See The Difference For Yourself
By Huib Van Hoeven
ISBN 978 1785899 478
Reviewer: David Stuckey

Described as “a compilation of reflections, poems and prayers which aims to inspire and lift the spirits of those who are feeling low,” this compilation from Huib van Hoeven sparkles with wit and wisdom in equal measure – and it ends with two morality plays re-envisaged by the author to reflect the modern world.

Huib van Hoeven is one of a rare breed of Christian communicators. Now in his 90s he retains a keen sense of humour and stimulates his readers to take a fresh look at familiar Bible stories. He certainly believes that religion is too important to be taken seriously all the time; in fact, in his introduction he admits to often being light-hearted in his approach, but does not apologise. Indeed, he suggests this is essential to reach out to those who find traditional worship off-putting or even incomprehensible.

His welcome sense of humour therefore is used not to poke fun at religion but take a sideways look at familiar stories and give them a spark of welcome invention. The book ends with his interpretation of two morality plays including Noah and the Flood, complete with banter between Noah and his headstrong wife who is not totally convinced about her husband’s vision.

It may not totally convince the more conservative reader, but it will provide fresh understanding for a new generation of seekers after Christian enjoyment of the gospel message. 

David Stuckey is a journalist and member of Maghull Baptist Church

Baptist Times, 19/05/2017
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