1 out of 4 stars
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Before she wrote the study Bible Answers, Roseline Gaston Rabouin spent her life working as a missionary. This is Rabouin’s third book, and she informs readers that all three were written in direct response to instructions from The Holy Spirit. The preface to Bible Answers is written by Rabouin’s brother and informs readers that this study is meant to reveal the will of God for mankind.
After the preface, readers are introduced to Rabouin’s personal testimony. Born in Haiti, Rabouin was one of 11 children. Her father died when she was three, and her mother and sister were murdered by the Haitian military in 1987. Rabouin converted to Christianity at the age of 30 and then became a licensed evangelist from Dayspring Christian University. Now, she’s married with two sons and a loving husband, all of whom are devoted Christians.
The rest of Bible Answers is split into chapters that covers a range of Biblical topics such as Adam and Eve, the history of the Israelites, and the fate of unbelievers. Each chapter introduces readers to the topic then contains a long list of Biblical references pertaining to each topic. Interspersed throughout the Bible verses are the author’s own opinions or various facts about the Biblical topic. At the end of the book, Rabouin adds a personal note, asking for help translating the book into other languages. The study concludes with Rabouin’s contact information.
Though this book was written as a study, it was difficult to see how a reader would be able to interact with the text. Discussion questions were sparse and there was no space for a reader to take notes. The topics were sporadic and arranged in no particular order. Aside from the general claim in the preface—to reveal the will of God for mankind—there was no specific theme tying the book together. The long lists of Biblical references were difficult to wade through, and the author’s opinions were interjected at random intervals and often put forth as facts.
However, perhaps my biggest qualm with this book was its lack of organization. The book was littered with grammatical errors, punctuation mistakes, and confusing syntax. The text was very difficult to decipher, and in places it was nearly unreadable.
Bible Answers makes a strong claim: to reveal the will of God for mankind. I was intrigued by Rabouin's personal testimony at the beginning of the study. Clearly, Bible Answers was a deeply personal project for Rabouin. Unfortunately, I believe the study fell short of its goal. Because of these factors, I’m rating this book 1 out of 4 stars. Readers searching for a list of Bible verses on a variety of topics may find this book interesting. However, I think that Bible Answers would benefit from a professional edit and perhaps a more objective set of eyes.
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