Monday, June 12, 2017

Book Review: The Most Misused Stories In The Bible by Eric J Bargerhuff

The Bible has a lot of good stories. Many of them we have heard since we were kids, whether you were in church or not. I remember watching "The Ten Commandments" starring Charlton Heston every Easter before I became a Christian. Many know the story of David and Goliath and Jonah. While we may know these stories, they can be misunderstood and at other times misused.

Eric J Bargerhuff examines these Bible stories and shed some light on their true meaning, in his book, The Most Misused Stories in the Bible. This is a follow-up to his previous book, The Most Misused Verses in the Bible, which examined certain passages of scripture and give the meaning and context of each verse. Bargerhuff's new book focuses the stories of the Bible that we know and love.

Some of the stories he addresses are David and Goliath, Gideon and the fleece, The Three Wise Men, and The Woman Caught in Adultery. Bargerhuff writes in a way that those who are not too familiar with the Bible can understand it. He talks about what the story is about, how it can be misapplied, and, at times, points to Jesus. When I read the chapter on David and Goliath, I was expecting him to go Christ-centered, but he did not. We can see Jesus in the story of David and Goliath, but there are some that just don't want to address.

I felt this book was not as good as his previous one, but it is help to get an idea on what stories some people have the wrong idea about. This is good resource to use for studying the Bible or teaching.

Thanks Bethany House for letting me review this book.

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