Twice Upon a Time
McCall, Donald D
. Moody Press . Chicago
BV4501.2.M18 1971 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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In his introduction, McCall spells out the purpose and intent of this book, that the familiar fables of Aesop might be used as introductions to passages in the Word of God; that we might project the ideas of the fables into the ideals of biblical thought (8). In twenty-five chapters, that is what he does. He tells each fable and then works with its imagery for four or five pages. Thus after telling TH, he dwells on Paul's question to the Galatians: You were running well; who hindered you? The Fox and the Goat turns into a meditation on the leap of faith. DLS leads to the question of whether our accent betrays us as unchristian. The Monkey Mother and Her Two Children leads McCall to urge avoiding extremes of either freedom of expression or discipline as we bring up children. The election of the briar bush shows that people get the leaders that they deserve, and McCall urges readers to shoulder their responsibilities, especially to their church. I have not yet found a McCall exegesis that captures me.