Bandersnatch by Erika Morrison

Apart from an actual book of poetry, I have never read a more poetic book. Bandersnatch beautifully addresses how we can be more authentic citizens, friends, artists, neighbors, parents, and spouses by being who we are in Christ. @ErikaMorrison encourages us to shed the false identities and systems of this world and lean into our full identities in Christ. She challenges us to discard the kingdom of the world for the Kingdom of Jesus. She speaks to the importance of creativity and the need for an avant-garde lifestyle that embraces Jesus who, “…flouted the religious conventions of his time by giving valued emphasis to slaves and women…enfolding outcasts, and taking notice of the obscure, the plain, and the little.” She boldly addresses the harm that religion and the demands of rule-keeping can do through “…systemic bondage…institutionalization….insisting that individuals fit that mold.” She lovingly reminds us that, “we were made to be governed by a love so deep, so wide, so high we don’t need human-made rules and systems to keep us looking perfect and pure or acting according to a single version of Christ expression,” and that any system or structure that results in “…dependence on the institution instead of on Christ” is life-stealing. I love her call to to see others deeply, to “…catch a vision of their every life experience and circumstance without judging or assuming the worst, observing them with kindness and compassion…” She speaks to the idea that we are all connected and that while the world tells us to protect ourselves, our interests, and our borders, the Kingdom of God says, move-in, care for the other, be with. “Love your enemies like it’s your job. Because it is.”