I am not one much for reading a book of essays. I have a different opinion when it comes to reading a book of essays by Scott Hahn that mainly address scripture. “Spirt & LIfe: Interpreting the Bible in Ordinary TIme” sounds like a mouthful, but it is quite accessible. In other words if I found the book easy to read while at the same time learning a lot, I think most people would have the same experience.
Those familiar with Scott Hahn will be use to the threads that he ties his works together. In fact if you play along with the Scott Hahn drinking game (Take a sip every time you read the words “Covenant”), you will be quite soused. So you will see common themes in this essays and they are common because they are so integral to understanding scripture.
One of the essays I enjoyed most was “The Person and Prayer of Jesus. Reflections on the Biblical Christology of Pope Benedict XVI. Yeah another mouthful, but lots of interesting insights on the scripture worldview that so informs the Pope’s writing.
As is often the case with Scott Hahn’s writings his love for Scripture and the Church is quite infectious. You get carried away with him in the excitement of these topics. For those displeased by Scott’s propensity to pun you will be happy with these essays since he does not do so here. For those like myself who like his puns, oh well.