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Noah: The Real Story 1st Edition

3.2 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
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About the Author

Larry Stone is the author of The Story of the Bible, named One of the 10 best Christian books of the year, and Women of the Bible. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute and University of Iowa School of Journalism, Larry has studied at the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration, taught writing seminars in Africa, America, and the Caribbean Larry has appeared on In the Market with Janet Parshall, the Janet Mefferd Show, the Bob Dufko Show, Chris Fabry Live!, and more.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936488744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936488742
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,542,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Stone's Noah: The Real Story is a book many people will pick up because they either believe it is a literary work espousing the creationist viewpoint of the Noah story or a book pointing out the inconsistences of the biblical flood legend. The simple fact of the matter is that neither assumption is true. Rather, Noah: The Real Story is more correctly described as a cliff notes type work, intended to give an uninformed person general information about the Noah story.

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.
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I thought this book would be an interesting follow-up to the Nye-Ham debate and might expand upon some of the Creationist evidence for a literal interpretation of Genesis. That may be what the author's goal was, but I found the results lackluster.

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.
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Barely kept my interest in reading through the whole book. The author skips around a lot. Basically, he gathers any and all information he can find (on the web or book) and puts it in this book about Noah's ark.
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I gave this three stars out of five because I liked it, but also believe that the work fails by trying to be too much for too many readers. Larry Stone, the author, certainly appears to have a love of his subject, and it is with that, that he presents his various explorations at the biblical event with know as Noah and his Ark.

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.
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