Sunday, September 18, 2011

Has God Spoken book review

Has God Spoken?
By: Hank Hanegraaff
(Host of Bible Answer Man)

       The first thing besides the cover that grabbed my attention is right under the title Has God Spoken? are the words Proof of the Bible’s Diving Inspiration. I must say the novel did lie. I did quite enjoy this book. It was a bit difficult to read, and took me awhile to get through. Some stuff just went way over my head. I think it would be better suited to a pastor, or bible student. I think it would make a great addition to any Christians library however. It also would make an excellent handbook.
       I loved the fact that this book is all about defending God’s word. The bible is constantly under attack, and there are so many other “bibles” out there. It really puts to question the other bibles, and sheds the inconsistencies found in them. I love books where the novelist argues the bible over science. Science needs an explanation for everything right away, and if there isn’t one then they explain it away. However light is shed on new findings everyday. It completely unveils some major theories which is quite refreshing as a Christian to read.
       It follows along with an acronym system MAPS, which makes it even easier to follow along with, and can prove invaluable throughout the novel.
It is such a clever, researched, and well thought out novel, I have no complaints other than the personal views of the author sometimes can be distracting from the proof he finds and exposes throughout the book. But all in all while a bit of a difficult read for some, would make an excellent read for others. I don’t regret reading this book.
It covers many topics such as (a few examples):
The fact that manuscript copies we have today may not be as reliable as we think they are. Due to copy errors, etc. However he shows how we do still have the Bible as it was centuries ago.
How the Bible tends to prove itself over and over again. What does this mean for future predictions?
How we understand the bible, and how we need to look at the bible.
Evidential finds that prove the bible, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Fantasy Imagery, such as certain apocalyptic passages in scripture. Meaning for example the red dragon with seven heads and ten horns. How this fantasy image doesn’t represent anything in the real world.
How crucial it is to read the bible for all it’s worth, and to read it as literature paying close attention to everything. How the imagery and the text all goes together inspired by the spirit, and how if we read it as literature, but also not as literature what we can absorb from this.
There is a Legacy Reading Plan towards the back of the book that can prove helpful, as well as very detailed and helpful notes that you may want to visit throughout your reading.

DISCLAIMER: I was provided this book for free through Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. Opinions expressed are mine alone.

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