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Before anyone even points it out, I will concede that this book is most likely being published to take advantage of the hype from the Noah film starring Russell Crowe. Nothing inherently wrong with that, and perhaps it might even be appropriate to view Noah: The Real Story as a companion book to that movie, because its main purpose is to give an interested moviegoer more details about the biblical Noah story, the historical arguments regarding its accuracy or inaccuracy, and other interesting facts. Indeed, the majority of the book is spent on questions such as how did Noah build the ark, how did the animals get on the ark, how eight people feed all those animals, and how did they get rid of all that animal dung! But other topics such as was the flood a worldwide catastrophe or a local event, where did the ark land, how did all those animals spread across the world, and has anyone ever “discovered” or “claimed” to have discovered Noah’s ark are also touched upon. And throughout the author makes a good faith effort to always present both the “believer” and the “skeptics” arguments about the feasability of Noah and his ark story.
Not satisfied with just these general issues regarding the “truth” of the biblical story however, Mr. Stone also spends a large amount of time focusing on pop culture issues.Read more ›
I'm going to put aside the several references to Wikipedia for a moment . . . OK, no I'm not. You should never - ever - use Wikipedia as a source. My 4th grader knows that. My 6th grader would be marked down for doing that in a paper. Why, oh why, is this published this way. Wikipedia is never an original source, so I have to assume that this was just thrown together with too much haste to bother looking more carefully for where the information came from.
The writing was also disjointed and unprofessional. I felt like I was reading someone's blog rather than a professionally written, edited, and published nonfiction book. The author is all over the place talking about everything from ancient myths that sound similar to the story of Noah to future plans of Ark related theme parks.
The most interesting part of this book is the chapter that retells stories of people who have claimed to have found, seen, or heard of others finding the ark. However, the author does not make any attempt to analyze which stories are more creditable or likely to be true. He just throws them all together and forms no conclusion.
The questions that non-Christians ask about Noah's ark are treated the same way. The author gives a few possible answers, including the standard "we just trust God took care of it," and moves on. There is not much new in this book that isn't covered better in the notes in my study Bible or in essays at Answers in Genesis.
This book truly had some potential, but I don't believe it has spent enough time being expanded and edited.
On a personal level, I have always been fascinated with Noah's Ark ever since I first heard the story in church as a kid, and then had a playset purchased at the time from my Arco Gas Station. Yet, still church goer that I am (in a denomination described as one where you do not check your brain at the door, nor are you required to vote for any one political party) I have always put the Noah story in the category of that...a story. Thus it was with interest that I picked up this book (and did so via NetGalley from which I received a review e-copy which did not ask me to do anything more than to share with them my review - good, bad or indifferent).
What I liked is that the author does not come at the reader from one side or another. He equally examines the story, lifting up the evidence that it is a story (since there were so many flood stories from various civilizations that predate the version in the bible, and yet hold some similarities, though with different characters), while also lifting up the possibility of this being a real event. Thus, even though I might disagree with one of those two suppositions, his inclusion of the one that I subscribe to, allowed me to remain open to the other.
In fact, my favorite portion of the short book was the look at how an Ark of the size and volume of the biblical one COULD have been built and how there is evidence that seagoing vessels of this size were produced by another civilization.Read more ›
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I'm glad that I got it used for only one cent. It may not even be worth that. This book is just one long legitimization of a story in the bible that is only a couple of pages... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jim
I thought the book was based on a couple of persons opinions and not actual facts; I was looking more of the bible facts of part of the story and the opinion of a couple doctors.Published 18 months ago by Shellie Uchtman
This book explores aspects of Noah & his ark that I have never previously considered. Very interesting & easy to follow - a fun read!Published 20 months ago by Walrus63
This book is full of more horse and bulls*** than Noah's mythical ark. Interviews I've seen with the author clearly show that he can't adequately explain or defend the thinking... Read morePublished 22 months ago by John W. Kasdorf II
Nice to read something that you know makes sense & is factual...instead of believing what you see in the current movie by the same title... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Steph
Title: Noah - The Real Story
Author: Larry Story
Publisher: Kingsley Books
E-Book ASIN: B00ICYARVS
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