“God Speaks” by Dr. Craig A. Evans

First, may I say that I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest and timely review. I have no other associations or expectations from either the publisher or the author.

Upon the first receipt of this book, I tried to start reading it a couple of times before it really caught my interest. Dr. Craig Evans is a renowned Biblical scholar. For the more academic among us, I believe they will find this to be an excellent work, chocked full of important data. The casual reader or newbie Christian may find himself scratching his head, trying to understand all the data..

This is a well-written book that should be well received by the theological community. I say the next thing, not to cast negativity on the volume, but to try to clarify a point. My personal reading of this book was difficult. I found myself reading the same paragraph two and three times in my effort to understand. I believe that the content of this book will be “over the heads” of the average reader looking to learn. It’s entirely academic, showing little of the author’s personality. But, with this subject, that is perfectly acceptable.

The author’s purpose, I believe, is to equip Christians to understand and defend the Gospel in this post-modern world. Dr. Evans does an excellent job in summarily outlining his argument for such things as the Creation Story, the Source of Christ’s authority, the Last Days, etc.

My favorite part of the book was Part 3, “Common Questions About the Bible”. A chapter is devoted to understanding the violence in the Bible. And, another chapter identifies numerous non-Canon tangibles that support the Bible’s content, meaning, and authority. Examples of these would include: the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian inscriptions, the Davidic era ruins in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and many more that the secular, scientific community cannot refute.

I believe that “God Speaks” is an analysis of a centuries long love story. It’s about God’s love, His mercy, His longing for relationship with His People.

I give this book 4-Stars because it is well written and documented, but at the same time, a bit un-accessible to the young Christian and the general population. Hey, if you want to learn more about the Bible than you could ever imagined, this book should be on your library shelf.


A New Way To Tackle Our Weight

“The Skinny Life: the secret to physical, emotional, and spiritual fitness” is a well written book by Crystal Dwyer Hansen. She happens to be married to Mark Victor Hansen, he of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” fame.

First, I believe Mrs. Hansen is an accomplished writer in her own style apart from her husband. I see many similarities in their writing styles, which are uplifting, educational, and inspirational. What was pleasing for me, was that this book doesn’t have half of its pages filled with recipes for oddball concoctions that we will never eat.

Indeed, Crystal focuses on the whole man model (not only body, but mind and spirit as well). Though millions daily work on the mind and spirit in their meditative work, Bible Study work, and other self-healing activities, few have taken diet as part of that tri-partite man to accomplish great things. Other writers have already discussed the various parts of the book, and have talked about the “Thief Foods” and the”Saint Foods”. Perhaps readers may not care for those monikers. It’ just a good positive way, in my opinion, to address foods that are good for you and foods that are bad for you. One may identify them as “food that will kill you” and “foods that won’t kill you”.

Please don’t get caught up in semantics. In a time that our culture is adopting terms like “Mindfulness”, this book addresses a mindful process of getting your weight (as well as the rest of your life) in control by adopting habits that will maintain and improve your life. The Skinny Life style doesn’t require scales, tape measures, food scales, or measuring cups. This change in lifestyle focuses on what causes one to over eat, and developing disciplined habits that promote physical and emotional fulfillment, and stop using food as a “comfort food”.

I do recommend this book. Especially to chronic dieters who’ve tried everything from cabbage soup to zero carb fads that keeps the dieter on the roller coast of weight. This plan shows the reader a new way to live by being mindful of ones activities and their consequences.I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest and timely review. There is no further relationship between this reviewer and the publisher or author.