The Benedict Option: Part 1

The Awakening and the Flood

This is the first in a series of posts in which I will be blogging through Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option. This post covers the book’s introduction and chapter one.

I first began reading Rod Dreher’s work sometime in 2008 or 2009. I can’t recall exactly when, but it was shortly shortly after the election of Barack Obama. As a conservative working in conservative media, the 2008 presidential campaign felt surreal. The ascension of Obama and the bizarre twists and turns of the McCain-Palin campaign left a lot of conservatives bewildered. It was like standing on the beach, watching the tsunami waves rising, and then feeling the weight of the water crash down up you. Eventually, when you surface, soaking wet and gasping for breath and looking around, you ask yourself, “Why was I standing on that beach in the first place?” (Oddly enough, I had this same feeling for the entire 2016 presidential campaign, but it was in super slow motion.)


The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bible’s Truth About Life to Come (WaterBrook Press, 2015)

Heaven has been a hot topic in recent years, with many accounts of individuals encountering heaven during near-death experiences. There’s also been a lot of confusion among evangelicals about the nature of heaven — what it will be like, who will be there, etc. McKnight does an excellent job in this book framing the idea of heaven as a promise from God, and the implications of that promise for all of us. This is a serious, but utterly hopeful, examination of the topic of heaven. Regardless of what you think you might know about heaven, I highly recommend this book.