Sunday, November 13, 2011

Book Review: Begin ~ (compiled/edited by:) Ken Ham & Bodie Hodge

An excellent start for exactly who it is intended for: "seekers and new believers".  I have thoroughly enjoyed the layout of this book and feel it will help answer some of the questions people have about the Bible, who God is, and why in the world they need to be saved -- saved from what?!

Growing up, the CSSM (Canadian Sunday School Mission) was warmly welcomed into the Canadian public school system.  I remember those flannel graph stories, the songs, the love of those teachers,.....and the conviction of the law (the weight of sin) in my life.  The law is a mirror of the sin in our lives and it shows us why we need a Saviour.

Today, more and more people know less and less of the foundations of God's Word.  You can't just assume that everyone has heard what the Bible says.  Not everyone has grown up in a Bible-preaching church, evolution is taught as fact in schools (books, tv, etc.), and the name of God in some circles is often heard more as a cuss word than the name of our Almighty Creator.

Begin is just that: it gives readers a foundation:  a beginning.  It is completely Scripture based and brings Creation through Redemption into focus.  Most of the book is the Bible, with commentary like a study Bible would offer.  It is giving readers a Biblical worldview, allowing you to see God's hand on and love for us right from His Creation of us.

From a personal perspective, I purchased a copy of this book before my "free preview" even arrived.  After reading it, I know that this is the book I will be giving to a dear person in my life who is a new believer.  It gives Biblical answers for the questions evolution has attempted to distort. 

"The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever."  Isaiah 40:8

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