Understanding the Bible” by John Buehrens ends with these words meant to inspire those of us that seek better understanding of ourselves and our brothers and sisters:

“If you are a skeptic, seeker, and liberal, yet want the Bible to reveal its wisdom to you, only this is required: that you do the texts justice, and look for how the texts themselves can serve justice; that you practice imaginative compassion in your readings; and that you will walk humbly in your quest for a liberating wisdom.”