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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Bancroft Press (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610880390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610880398
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been a student of the Bible for some 36 years, and rarely do I see a book like The Divine Secret by Joe Kovacs. Following up on his bestseller, Shocked by the Bible, Kovacs has been able to do what is rarely done these days: give an unbiased look at what the Bible actually states, and not the doctrine of some religious group. It is so refreshing to read his witty prose and the untouched scriptural themes that have been overlooked by so many others. This book, like his previous one, is an easy read and a fun read. But most importantly, it's a ''shocking'' new study of ancient and forgotten truths found in the pages of every Bible. In The Divine Secret, he expertly combs through numerous translations of Holy Scripture, highlighting biblical events that fit perfectly with the mind of God and what God meant to be understood in easily read modern English versions. I guarantee that if you keep an open mind, you'll never be able to put this book down until every delicious page is read. As Joe Kovacs has stated in numerous interviews, ''just reading the words on the page'' will truly be shocking to everyone! Five stars from ThePlainTruth.com! --Bob Barney, editor, ThePlainTruth.com

This is a timely book for an age when, sadly, many churches no longer see fit to tell their congregations about our glorious future as God's children. Joe Kovacs shines new light on ancient truths that once turned the world upside-down. If it be the will of God, through the words on these pages they will do so again! --Ken Hancock, Presenter, Stained Glass Radio, Northsound 2, Scotland


Joe Kovacs's first book was pivotal to my faith at a time when I headed toward the 'ancient path' spoken of in Jeremiah 6:16. Joe encouraged me to arrive at conclusions simply by reading the words on the pages of the Bible without adding or subtracting anything. We all have conclusions, but the question must be asked, 'What do I base it on?' Joe reassured me that questioning what I thought I knew was a safe and honorable endeavor. He was my first guest on Truth2U and has been on the program numerous times. I can truly say he has a heart to obey the truth of our Father's word. --Jono Vandor, Truth2U Radio, Australia

About the Author

Joe Kovacs is a Bible-believing Christian and author of the #1 bestseller, Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told.

He's an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who has run newsrooms in television, radio, and online for more than 25 years, both in the United States and overseas.

A frequent media guest, Kovacs has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel as well as countless radio shows across America and the world, including Coast to Coast AM.


More About the Author

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

With more than two 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.

Customer Reviews

You can read it through in a 2 or 3 hours.
RKelley
His often humorous writing style was refreshing, and his incite into the scriptures is awesome.
Hiccup
Just read the bible and believe what it says.
Believer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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I grew up in the church hearing answers to the BIG questions like "What is the purpose to all of this?" and "Why am I here?" but never really heard an answer that made sense. Most of the sermons ended with statements like, "You just have to have faith" or "You must not have the Holy Spirit or you would understand" or "Once you get to heaven you'll be happy just praising God forever"

As an adult I took theology and apologetics classes to try and get answers that not only made sense to me but that I could confidently share with others.

Mr. Kovacs doesn't make the scriptures do spiritual back flips to support a denominational or theological agenda. He just lets the Bible speak for itself. God used this book to truly change my life. Once you know the purpose behind things and the end result, life just gets a whole lot easier.

Now, my children are asking me those same though questions like "Where's Grandma now?" and "What will happen to me when I die?" As a parent the biggest blessing came when I was able to answer their questions and they looked at me and said "Wow...mom...Thank you. That makes sense!"

I encourage everybody to read this book. You won't be sorry and your children might even thank you for it!
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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Mark Oaks on September 3, 2012
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I am a retired pastor, a serious Bible student, and Bible commentator. I am afraid that I must disagree with the more enthusiastic customer reviews. I must give this book only two stars. I can only marginally recommend it for the novice or for the person who has just begun to study the scriptures. However, I cannot recommend this book for the serious Bible student.

There are a couple of glaring issues that caused me problems. In several places the scriptures were taken out of context to prove the author's point. For example, Hebrews 2:6-8 speaks of man being a little lower than angels. This scripture certainly tells us that humans were made a little lower than angels but the entire idea of the passage is that Messiah was a man. Therefore this passage specifically refers to Christ as a man, but does not refer to all humankind. In verse 9, the writer of Hebrews explains that he is indeed discussing Christ. The author takes this verse out of context and states that the passage says that all saved people will have authority over all things. Only Christ Himself has such authority.

There are also a few places where the author misunderstands the scripture he has quoted. One example is his use of Psalm 82:6 to show that Christians are part of the family of God. I agree with his premise, that we are of the family of God; I disagree with his use of the scripture in this case to prove his point. Psalm 82:6 says, "I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High." The word rendered "gods" here is "elohim." This word can mean Jehovah, or it can mean false gods, or it can mean the religious leaders. In the context here God is speaking to the religious leaders and not the common people, thus God is calling the religious leaders gods.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on July 7, 2012
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Kovacs does a remarkable job of bringing the Words of Scripture to life with respect to the destiny of man. If you have ever wondered--and who has not?--what is the purpose of this vain life, then this book is a must read. It explains in compelling detail from the Words of Scripture why God created the earth and man to dwell in it and for what purpose.

What is amazing is that what Kovacs characterizes in the title of the book as a Divine Secret is in fact a Divine Revelation. The key? Perhaps the key is not the secret itself but the methodology Kovacs describes in the introduction of his book: "I do something surprisingly simple. I open the Bible, read the words on its pages, and actually believe them."

What an innovative way to look at the Scriptures. Simple. Profound. True. Actually believing and not just professing! What a concept!

This book is for anyone interested in the truth of Scripture.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Martha03 on July 11, 2012
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I just finished reading 'The Divine Secret' by Joe Kovacs! I especially like the references to God's spoken words highlighted in red from the Old Testament. As well, I appreciated reading verses from the different versions of the Bible. The concept of Mr. Kovacs' book is awesome and has really boosted my Christian beliefs as I search my Bible for answers to issues I face each day! (I am fortunate to have a version of the KJV with God's words in red in the Old Testament, and it really helps studying.) I will go back to 'The Divine Secret' again! It is well worth reading!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mike Bennett on July 30, 2012
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The Divine Secret is like a CliffsNotes for the essential message of the Holy Bible.

Oh, there's a lot more in the Bible, but this book data mines the Bible to answer those key questions that gnaw at every human being at some point (p. 4):

* Why are we all here?
* What's the meaning of life?
* What is God actually doing with people?
* What will we be doing when Jesus returns?
* What about people who never heard the message of God or don't believe now?

I like Joe Kovacs' mantra: "I open up the Bible, read the words on its pages, and actually believe them" (pp. 1-2).

It's surprising, even shocking (to take a riff from his previous book, Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told), to see the answers this approach produces. The biblical answers are so completely different from what our popular culture--and even our churches--give. When you strip away the medieval myths and traditions, what the Bible says about the meaning of life and about the afterlife is fresh, exciting and bordering on the unbelievable!

Joe Kovacs is not afraid to take on cherished ideas, like floating on clouds strumming harps for eternity. Besides boredom, the common conception has two problems: "1) It's simply not biblical, and 2) it provides really little, if any, meaning to our challenge-filled lives here" (p. 104).

Understanding the reason for challenges now and the exciting biblical purpose for life forever is what this inspiring book is all about.

Joe Kovacs doesn't claim to be anyone great, but he quotes from the greatest literature on almost every page.
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