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About the Author

Joe Kovacs is an acclaimed journalist who's spent 25 years in the broadcast, print, and online media, along the way receiving numerous awards for excellence in news coverage from both the Associated Press and United Press International. He is currently the executive news editor for WorldNetDaily.com, the leading independent news site on the Internet, and has been since 1999. Joe has written hundreds of news articles about Bible matters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (September 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849920116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849920110
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Kovacs is a news junkie and the author of two best-selling books, "Shocked by the Bible" and "The Divine Secret." Follow him on Twitter @JoeKovacsNews.

With more than three decades in the broadcast, print and online media, Kovacs has received awards for excellence in news coverage from the Associated Press and United Press International. He's been interviewed on TV and radio programs all over the U.S. and world, from "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel to radio shows in Australia.

In addition to his love for truthful information and a never-ending desire to reveal the facts, Kovacs has a strong interest in the greatest book ever written, the Holy Bible, and encourages people of all backgrounds to get familiar with the words on its pages.

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87 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Planet Residence on December 21, 2012
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I bought this book because I thought I would find some little nuggets that I might have never seen before. Well, I DID find some nuggets, but it was fools gold.
Most ....if not all, of the subjects ("facts") I already knew because I am a serious Bible reader and I study the Bible alot. So in that regard I was kind of disappointed.
Now, about the false gold. I didnt know that there were 20 commandments instead of 10. And you know what......neither did God know that!! Fact: God inscribed 10 commandments on 2 tables of stone. Fact: Moses in his anger broke the 2 tables of stone. Fact: God had to make again the same 10 commandments on 2 new stones. Problem: That doesnt mean there are now TWENTY commandments!!

Another problem Mr. Kovacs gives himself is claiming that Moses fasted for 80 days, and not 40 which the Bible truly says. Any true Bible scholar knows that these 2 claims are false. After I read these, I went to the end of the book to read the author's credentials......and you know what? HE ISN'T A BIBLE SCHOLAR OR THEOLOGIAN!! He is just a JOURNALIST!! A journalist who has written some articles about the Bible, and thinks himself finding these HARD and "SHOCKING" truths about the Bible something new!! REALLY??

I sincerely hope that new babes in Christ will NOT read these false teachings. Hey.......you.....are you new to reading the Bible and want to find out more? Then.......READ THE BIBLE!!! Pray before you read the Bible, then immerse yourself in the word of God and let the Holy Spirit guide you. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God; a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15. May God bless you and keep you in His light, His protection, and His Truth.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Bennett on October 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When a journalist takes on the Bible, you might expect a post-modern putdown of the ancient holy book. But award-winning journalist Joe Kovacs has a different take on the Holy Scriptures. He actually takes the Bible at its word and shows how many shocking misconceptions people have about it today.

In Shocked by the Bible Kovacs questions everything people think they know about the Bible. He says his book is "meant to startle you with truths you did not know were in Scripture, to get you to think with a new perspective. I'm not talking about trivial names and places no one can pronounce. I am talking about major issues, including who God is, who you are, why you were born, and your ultimate destiny" (p. xii, 2008).

Don't expect the party line of the major denominations here. Kovacs subtitles his book "The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told," and he doesn't just target the biblically illiterate like Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--And Doesn't. He seeks to enlighten those who "know [the Bible] well--or at least think they know it well." The book "may even tick you off to the point where you'll want to `have it out' with those who taught you--or more accurately, did not teach you--the astounding information you'll find here" (p. xii).

Kovacs makes shocking statements that he backs up with clear scriptures. Some samples:

* "For instance, if asked how many wise men were present at the Bethlehem manger when Jesus was born, most people will likely answer, `Three.' They would be wrong. The correct answer from the Bible is actually...zero!" (p. 3).
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98 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Donna on September 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have just gotten this book and couldn't put it down! If you are looking for religion in this book, you really wont find it. It isn't like that. What it is however, is the Truth as God has written it! No twisting of words or verses, no out of context ideas. Just the Words as God Himself inspired the men to write.

Although most of the things in this Bible I had already known, there are some things that just made me take a look at some things I already thought I knew. The points about Heaven, death, and even the Transfiguration, puts things into perspective, thus making the rest of the stories easily understood.

So many ideas of today's Christianity is so far from what God originally said, and somewhere along the lies and falseness, we as a general have fallen for them as truth. This book will make you look at your own ideas about God, Faith, and all things Bible in a whole new light. A MUST read for all who wish to know God in Truth!!!
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48 of 61 people found the following review helpful By W. Claunch on September 30, 2008
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Joe Kovacs has written an amusing, informative and thought-provoking book. Though not a Biblical scholar, Kovacs takes aim at myths and misunderstood passages with facts that may shock even the most ardent Bible readers. This is not an interpretation of the Bible. Kovacs simply takes at face value what is written using several of the most-read translations (King James, NIV, NLT). Stun your friends with stories you may have never heard before: the worst case of hemorroids in history; the Twenty Commandments; God's diet plan; the three Heavens; and why it's not nice to tease a bald man! This book will have you turning to your Bible with a renewed interest that goes far beyond trivia.
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