4 out of 4 stars
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Who Told You That You Were Naked?, by William Combs, is a non-fiction book which provides an informed understanding of good and evil. The author, a retired Presbyterian minister, has written a beautiful story of faith, relationships, and everything in between. The book simplifies God's prophecies and the creation of man and woman to lead to a better understanding. The story starts with a brief description of his childhood adventure, where he finds the path of light. From here, he goes to discuss the difference between a little penlight and the aurora borealis.
Who Told You That You Were Naked? brings out an exciting perspective on the story of Adam, Eve, and the Garden of Eden. As a non-Christian, I know little about the Bible, but I'm open to new perspectives. Whilst reading the story, the simple and organized writing style of the author made me clearly visualise each image. It took me almost eight days to complete the book, so I could savour all of the refreshing insights.
The book is divided into ten chapters; each of them divided into subsections between three and fifteen. By the end of each subsection, the author provides an explanation of a specific verse, from the story of Adam, Eve, and the Garden of Eden. The book is an effective way to introduce the teachings of Christianity; about the significance of marriage, relationships, and many other things we experience in daily life. But personally, this type of structure was confusing and maybe, it would have been better if the author's explanations were inserted later in the text, so the Creation Story could have been told first in its entirety. Also, there are questions for discussion, as well as some questions of our own, after the chapter finishes. So, it would be more helpful if I were to read it in a group study and debate about it.
The book seems professionally edited and I would recommend it to Christian readers, but also to the non-Christians who are looking to develop their understanding of good and evil. Although I had some difficulty and confusion in my reading experience, it wasn't significant enough to drop one star. Therefore, I will rate Who Told You That You Were Naked? 4 out of 4 stars.
We, as human beings, commit countless sins, with or without knowledge. We automatically feel ashamed and guilty. We often lie to ourselves about the situation and what is going on inside of us. But there is always a person to whom we could be "naked", honest, and not feel ashamed. We easily connect with that person. That person can be anyone to us, our parents, companions, or the Lord himself. The question is, are we to be true to not only them but to ourselves as well? How often do we give in to our anxiety and fall into the dark hole? This book opened the doors to these questions.
Also, the book gives an understanding that perfection doesn’t exist. We sin repeatedly. What matters is, have we thought it through, of all the consequences that might arise upon acting on sin? Or are we just performing another sin in order to hide the previous one?
Who Told You That You Were Naked?
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