So often the Bible seems centuries and light years away. I struggle to connect with the old metaphors and agricultural society.

The truth is that Scripture is written in an agrarian context, but I'm a total city girl. Harvest, pruning, and livestock are things I see in movies, and especially difficult to grasp when I can't even keep my living room plant alive.

I decided to do something about it.

I traveled to Oregon to spend time with a shepherdess to learn more about sheep and leadership, Southern Colorado to spend time with a beekeeper to explore the world of hives and honey, Nebraska to visit a farm and learn about harvesting, and California to learn about viticulture and fruitfulness.

Along the way, I asked how each person interpreted different passages of Scripture in light of their work. Their answers illuminated the Bible in a whole new light and resulted in the book, Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey.


Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive and Extraordinary Women. Her books and Bible studies have sold over 600,000 copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and more.

She was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, one of the 30 Voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of the ’40 Under 40’ who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailing magazine. Margaret currently lives in Morrison, Colorado, with her husband, Leif and their superpup, Hershey.

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