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Too Simplistic For Me
on November 6, 2011
I bought this book because it got really good reviews with the majority of people stating that it made the Bible more understandable, almost like a novel. I have been reading through some really heavy tomes about the Bible lately and thought a light read might be fun.
For me, it was not. The author states that she taught Sunday School for children and that she has taken the things she taught and woven them into stories which may have been true, but are really things she has just made up to make the Bible Stories more readable.
She described God creating the world and her description is nothing like I have ever been taught, studied as theory, or even thought about. It sounded and read like a description given to a five year old.
So, I went on though the creation including plants, animals, and Adam and Eve. Somehow she missed the part about Eve being created from Adam's Rib, which is crucial to the understanding and follow through of the theology present throughout the rest of the Bible.
She described Adam (who brought Eve into it for some reason) naming the animals and conversing with them. I do not see how Adam named those animals, let alone subdued them,(no explanation given on the crucial issue of why he might Need to subdue them), slowly and ponderously. Throughout the discussion, Adam sounded, not like a man created in God's image, but like a poor guy who could hardly get through the day. It sounded as though this entry was written for a 10 year old and Adam just did not sound too bright.
Next, we come to the Temptation by the Serpent (snake). The author got mixed up on the trees involved: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life.
Adam and Eve did fall and were banned from the garden. But Eve, in this story, got caught up with God's promise to give her a child and the real consequences were kind of glossed over. The author did mention that God killed animals for their skins so that the couple could be clothed, and Adam and Eve were properly shocked at the sight of the Blood, but there was no statement that adressed their shock or the significance of the Blood.
Well, I have to admit that at that point, I had decided that the book was too simplistic for me.
I feel like I have spent so much time searching for the real causes and effects; the true history of Theology: the significance of the Blood; and the ramifications of that first Sin that this stated Sunday School Study is just not for me. I thought it would be a presentation of alternate theories with Scientific backup, which is how the book was described by the publisher.
I was truly disappointed and plan to spend no more time with it. It just is not what I had envisioned it to be. I want to state this clearly, so that someone who sees it and thinks what I did, will not buy it. It may be a good family Bible Story Companion, but in the introduction, the author clearly states that parts of it are fiction and fantasy. She is Not trying to pass it off as being scripturally accurate. Unfortunately, this is not clear from the publisher's review.
So, if you are looking for a book with plausible Bible stories with inaccurate conversation and scenes being included, then it is OK. If you are looking for something doctrinally sound, look elsewhere! I was surely disappointed and do not remcommend it because important doctrine is missed so that an interesting blend of fact and fiction can be presented.