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The ruler of darkness? the Tempter? the Great Red Dragon? Apollyon; the Destroyer? One being is revealed to have all these titles and more - names that reveal his horrific nature? All names given to Satan, your adversary who comes like a lion "seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
Today, many question and even mock the very existence of Satan, as well as the reality of evil. Even in the Church, by and large, there are few biblical resources on the subject to counter the destructive claims raised in today's humanistic culture. In The Fall of Satan: Rebels in the Garden you will discover the answers to 35 captivating questions, such as:
- How could one created good become so absorbed by evil?
- Why would God, who is not evil, allow evil to continue to exist?
- Did sin begin with Adam or was its origin found in Satan?
- When did Satan rebel against God's authority?
Where can the answers be found to such provocative, spiritual questions that have been asked so many times over? Carefully consider the biblical response, since it is the only completely reliable foundation for information about Satan. As our absolute authority, we must reject unqualified conclusions drawn from sources outside the Bible, such as the current ideas and traditions of the culture. No believer should be unaware of these sound answers found in the Bible.
Bodie attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and received a BS and MS (in 1996 and 1998 respectively) in mechanical engineering. His specialty was a subset of mechanical engineering based in advanced materials processing, particularly starting powders.
He conducted research for his masters degree through a grant from Lockheed Martin and developed a New Method of Production of Submicron Titanium Diboride. The new process was able to make titanium diboride cheaper, faster and with higher quality. This technology is essential for some nanotechnologies.
During his years at SIUC (a secular college), he continued his personal study of biblical apologetics, and even began teaching this topic to a junior high church class. While at SIUC, he was the president of one of the few Christian RSOs (Registered Student Organizations) called Christians Unlimited, and was also an officer in the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
After earning his masters degree, he accepted a position of Visiting Instructor at SIUC and started in the fall semester of 1998. He was only 24 years old when he began teaching undergraduate engineering courses at the university.
After working for SIUC for a couple of years, Bodie accepted a position as a test engineer through Aerotek Engineering to work for Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois at the Peoria Proving Ground.
While working at Caterpillar, he taught apologetics to junior high and high school students at his local church, which was a natural outcome considering his love for science, history, and theology. He did this until taking a position with Answers in Genesis in 2003. Currently, Bodie is a speaker, writer, and researcher on a host of topics, including fall of Satan and related events.
Bodie was saved when he was nine. As a youngster, he was active in baseball, football and basketball. His hobbies also included hunting and fishing, which are almost unavoidable pursuits while growing up on a farm in Western Illinois.
Hodge approaches age-old questions from a Young Earth Creationist worldview. Complete with 35 questions, this book is full of good theological debates that will cause readers to think. For example: how could Satan, who was created good, become evil? The author uses Scripture to back up each of his claims, which helps the validity of his message. Even though Hodge received his masters degree in mechanical engineering, he now works for Answers in Genesis as a researcher, writer, and speaker.
In the foreword, Hodge writes that the book "should be an excellent resource that looks closely at the bad news in Genesis but also shares the powerful good news of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice that has conquered sin, Satan, and evil once for all" (p. 10). Throughout the book, he does a very good job of sticking to this thesis and makes sure that he applies his commentary to the readers' everyday lives.
One Scripture verse that applies to the questions in the book is from 2 Corinthians 2:11, which says, " in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes." These thought-provoking questions are a great way for Christians to further their knowledge of Satan, ancient history, and the basics of Christian theology. I would recommend this book to any believers who are eager to learn more about the origins of their faith and how to defend it. Jonathan Hausler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Debra BrinkmanYoder, COAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5More about the fall of man than I expectedJune 20, 2011Debra BrinkmanYoder, COAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Fall of Satan by Bodie Hodge, is one of those books where I stared at the description quite some time before deciding that I wanted to review it.
Given that, I still failed to grasp that this book was going to be in a question and answer format. I was expecting something different. The Q&A aspect does work for the topic though.
I have mixed reactions to this book. I was expecting a book about Satan and about evil. I was not expecting questions like "Shouldn't Eve have been a clone of Adam?" or "Did Adam and Even have to sleep before the Fall?" I think I expected more about Satan and less about Adam and Eve. So in that I was disappointed.
I expected more of this book to reference the New Testament, particularly Revelation. I guess the title The Fall of Satan should have clued me in that this was going to be primarily based in Genesis. Like I said, even studying the publisher's description, I somehow had a really different picture of what this book would be about.
So my disappointments are primarily in what I expected vs. what was actually in the book. The questions like "Did the serpent originally have legs?" were terrific, and the Satan-specific questions comprise enough of the book that I feel this title has value.
I'll confess I skimmed a few of the Q&A sections. I've read some of this stuff in so many other books, it was hard to go through it again. So, in my opinion, parts of this book were excellent. And if you haven't read lots of other young earth creationist materials that talk about the fall of man, you will probably get more out of the parts I tended to skim.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free the publisher. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.
Anna WoodMobile, ALAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5set up in easy-to-digest nuggets of ScripturallyMay 11, 2011Anna WoodMobile, ALAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Did you ever ask any of the following questions?
Why would God Who is good create Satan who would be evil?
When did Satan become evil?
Did the serpent originally have legs?
How does the devil's lies impact our lives today?
How does original sin affect us today?
Who were the Nephilim?
Did pain exist before the Fall?
If you have, I have a book to recommend to you. Written by Bodie Hodge, The Fall of Satan: Rebels in the Garden, is set up in easy-to-digest nuggets of Scripturally based information to help readers come to knowledge and understanding about Satan, where he came from and how his work impacts our lives today.
The Devil is pleased when we ignore him, pretend he doesn't exist and when we pay him more attention than he deserves. The author of this book makes none of those mistakes; though The Fall of Satan: Rebels in the Garden is technically about Satan, the real emphasis is on God and His Word. As Martin Luther said, "The Devil is God's ape"; the author of this book concurs with that point.
My take? As a homeschooling mother of many, I find this book very useful in answering questions (theirs and mine); therefore this book has earned a permanent place on our bookcase. I would highly recommend it to families as a study or devotional aid or to churches for their libraries.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book by New Leaf Publishing for purposes of review. I was not required to give a positive review, only a fair and honest one. My opinions are my own.
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