Reading the Bible Again For The First Time by Marcus Borg
Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally
I just added this book to the recommendations page:
This book changed my whole approach to scripture. As far back as I can remember I was just unable to buy into the fundamentalist reading of the Bible. I simply could not accept a literal interpretation, and I often argued adamantly with those who did. Reading this book gave me a whole new way of looking at it and expressing my view. When I started reading the book I remember thinking that Borg was expressing in scholarly terms many things I had tried to express without the scholarly backup. I found the book extremely affirming, and I highly recommend it.