3 out of 4 stars
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Who Told You That You Were Naked? A Refreshing Reexamination of the Garden of Eden by William E. Combs is an interesting and in-depth look at Adam and Eve. The book captures their circumstances, and the consequences of their action; not only for them but for their sons and for humankind. The author then examines faith, redemption and the walk of a Christian including the opposition of the adversary.
This book contains ten chapters, each filled with scripture, insights from the author, personal stories and study questions for discussion. The author’s perspective on this well-known story provides much to think about. The book also clearly provides the plan of salvation and discusses Little faith, Real faith, Sinners, Good people and society’s mindset that salvation is not needed.
What I liked about the book is how Combs explained why God put the tree in the middle of the Garden. He could have just as easily not put that temptation in the way. Also, Adam and Eve could have chosen not to eat the forbidden fruit, but God allowed them to choose which path to follow. The one of obedience or the one of sin. Choosing to disobey God created all kinds of feelings that Adam and Eve had never dealt with before such as shame, fear, self-awareness of being naked and the knowledge of good and evil. I believe that God would have preferred to spare them from these feelings, but it was their choice. For me personally, this highlighted the fact that God allowed them to exercise their free-will.
As a result, the author inspired me to take the lessons offered in this book seriously by being cautious in making crucial decisions that could have grave consequences. It might sound easy, but I know it will be quite an uphill task.
What I disliked about the book is the author’s inclination to speculate. He makes some presumptions in some parts of the book about the biblical content, which are instances of unadulterated conjecture. Most theories he presents in the book are impressive and convincing; however, there are other theories with little or no substantiation from the Bible to help us truly believe them. One thing that I found strange about the book is the fact that the font changed a couple of times throughout the book. The writing within this book is quite good and free of any major errors, but the font issue certainly isn’t enough to deter me from rating this book 3 out of 4 stars.
This book has a lot of wisdom; therefore, I recommend it to all readers looking for a sound Christian faith book. It would also be appropriate for Bible study groups or individuals who want to deepen their understanding of God. As an experienced Christian, this book reminded me that Jesus and His sacrifice is the reason why we have complete forgiveness.
Who Told You That You Were Naked?
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