Friday, September 19, 2014
Book Review - Can I Really Trust The Bible: And other questions about Scripture, truth and how God speaks
This book is for either the person who trusts the Bible and can’t explain why or for the person who doesn’t trust the Bible and can explain why. The book contains a clearly laid out, well-orchestrated line of thought with clear examples.
For the first person, this book provides a nice framework for thinking about the reliability of the bible. It claims to be God’s word (2 chapters), it seems to be God’s word (2 chapters) and it proves to be God’s word (1 chapter). Using this skeleton to frame the answer to the question raised in the book title, a believer is able to remember and explain to an unbeliever why the Bible is reliable and trustworthy.
The person who doubts the Bible is trustworthy likely has one or two reasons why. Is this case it is fairly easy to search through the book and find the reasons addressed. The author has put many of the common reasons people give for not trusting the Bible, in sidebars.
While the book is very short (a small book with 81 pages), it really is substantial and fairly complete. I especially liked the section that explained why the Old Testament books and New Testament books are not in chronological order. I don’t ever remember reading such a clear and concise explanation.
Even if you already trust the Bible, this book is worth reading. It is a wonderful, short, concise and accessible introduction to the Bible and it’s reliability. It is one of those books that has explanations worth memorizing and meditating upon. If you were to read only one book on this topic, this is it.
I received this book free from The Good Book Company via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review.