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It is the top selling book in history. It brings social upheaval, international arguments, and political controversy. It has been used to justify both love and war. And for generations, it has found its way into the hearts of millions, offering comfort, direction, and life-changing truths.
How could one book have such power? In This Dangerous Book, Steve and Jackie Green explore the incredible history and impact of the Bible. As the founders and visionaries of the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C., the Greens have a unique perspective on the Bibles journeyfrom its ancient beginnings, to its effect on the moral fiber of nations, to its transformative influence in individual hearts.
The Greens share the challenges they have faced in acquiring biblical artifacts from around the world and why generationsin every time period and in every geographical locationhave risked their lives to preserve this precious book.
Exploring ancient tablets, medieval commentaries, and modern translations, This Dangerous Book offers fascinating insight into the miracles and martyrdoms that have led to the Scriptures we read today. The Greens explore how cutting-edge technology gives new insight into the authenticity of the Bible, including the work of fifty scholars who recently uncovered hidden details about thirteen unpublished Dead Sea Scroll fragments. This Dangerous Book also looks at the link between the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, what we can learn from how the Bible was passed down to us, and why Gods Word is foundational to Americas past and crucial for its future.
The Bible is a world-changer and a heart-changer. Whether you have read the Bible for years or are simply curious about its influence, This Dangerous Book could change your heart as well.
Steve Green is President of Hobby Lobby, the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world. He and his wife Jackie are part of the founding family of the Museum of the Bible, the largest international museum in the world devoted solely to the presentation and the preservation of the Bible. This facility, located in the heart of Washington D.C., is opening its doors in November of 2017. Steve and Jackie provide unique insight and commentary into the Bibles role in our public and personal life. Since 2009 they have collected biblical artifacts from around the globe and today possess one of the largest collections in the world.
Jackie Green, co-founder of Museum of the Bible, is a full-time homemaker who relishes her roles of wife, mother to six children, mother-in-law, and "Gigi" to four grandchildren. Married to her high-school sweetheart, Steve, Jackie actively supports him in his high-profile role as president of Hobby Lobby and chairman of the board of Museum of the Bible. An adoptive mom, Jackie served on the Advisory Board of a local Crisis Pregnancy Center and has worked with her family in orphanages worldwide. Although she is a world traveler, her favorite place is with her family.
Bill High practiced law for twelve years before becoming the CEO of the National Christian Foundation Heartland. His mission is to change the way people think about generosity and their practice of it. He is married to Brooke and they have four children, two son-in-laws, and one grandchild. He can be found at www.billhigh.com.
Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: Male3 Stars Out Of 5A Snyder's Soapbox Review of, "This Dangerous Book" by the Greens, Founders of Hobby Lobby.December 2, 2017Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I know this review is going to seem negative at times. Please realize this has more to do with my expectations, and subjective bias. I'm a stickler for theology, and evangelism. I also prefer more academic works. If you are like me, you will find this review helpful. If you are a layman and have more of a superficial interest in theology, then this review won't be that relevant.
"This Dangerous Book" has a provocative title, with an implicitly lofty goal which can be inferred from this statement on the cover, "How the Bible has shaped our world and why it still matters today" I had hoped that it would more thoroughly treat the topic of the Bible, and its effects on human history. I was somewhat disappointed. It did not live up to my expectations. I was expecting a much larger, well fleshed out, academic treatment of the topic. This book could have been edited down to be an introduction to a book on the topic instead. It could have also been a brief book on the efforts of the Greens to collect Biblical artifacts for their museum, or the personal experiences of the Greens in regards to their faith. The Greens attempted to do all three in a book that is only a couple hundred pages long. The book didn't accomplish any of them to my satisfaction.
In my opinion, books that add value to the Christian library must meet some criteria. The main attribute I look for is whether or not the book is Christ/gospel centered. They should also be; evangelistic, exclusive, (exclusivity of Christ) theologically orthodox, intellectually stimulating, educational, reasonable, and well bibliographed/annotated.
This book would only be educational to the laymen. It gives a basic overview of the history of the Bible, and its effects on mankind. The Green's expressed their desire to present the Bible without any bias. They even had their collection displayed by the Vatican without a note of distinction between Roman Catholicism, and Protestantism. I was disappointed with their ecumenism, and their efforts to keep the book, and museum, from being overtly evangelistic. The personal stories of the Greens were encouraging and inspiring at times. The theology of the Greens was not fully expressed. I think this was in an attempt to have a broader audience. Because of their ecumenism, desire to have a wide appeal, and brevity of the treatment of the implied topic, the book fails to meet my requirements for a valuable book.
That's not to say that there isn't any value in this book. There are books that many Christians would find interesting, but not necessarily worthy of their personal libraries. Books like these are more for entertainment. They are the types of books you read and then give away. This book falls into that category. As such I can recommend it. If you have some spare time on a weekend, and are not in the mood for something more substantial, this book would fit the bill. The writing is interesting. The personal experiences the Greens write about hold your attention. Their enthusiasm for the Bible is commendable. Just because it isn't my cup of tea, doesn't mean it won't thrill you. That is one of the great things about books. They are as varied as the authors and readers. If you like to write about something, there will be someone who wants to read about it.
What the book gets wrong; it is too ambitious for a book that is approximately 200 pages. It will have limited appeal to academia. It is more of a primer of the topic of the Bible's affect on history. For the title it talks too much about the Green's experiences, and their Bible museum. It doesn't make a clear gospel presentation. It demonstrates the Green's flawed approach to ecumenism. It isn't a book that will be read over and over again, or used for reference. It is a read once, and give away type of book.
What the book gets right; it will appeal to the wide varied masses of folks who profess to be Christian, including cults and groups that aren't. It is a decent primer for anyone who has given absolutely no thought to how the Bible has shaped human history. New Christians might find it encouraging. Anyone who wants to know more about the founders, and owners of Hobby Lobby will enjoy reading about them.
Jennifer Quetant5 Stars Out Of 5incredible and inspiring!November 8, 2017Jennifer QuetantQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The duo-authors are a Christian couple with an undeniable and unashamed love for Gods Word. They each have a passion for collecting Biblical artifacts that is so vast that they decided to share their findings with the world in their new establishment called the Museum of the Bible! This museum will be opening up in November of 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Greens have hopes of bringing people together to showcase the Bibles extensive and collective history. Notably, they arent pushing their faith on anyone. Instead, theyre simply showcasing Biblical facts so that people may gain more knowledge and insight on what the Bible is, where it came from and its impact on the entire world.
The Bible is near and dear to their family. The Greens stand on Gods Word in every area of their lives. Its credited to be the foundation of all their great success. Steve Green is president of Hobby Lobby and his wife Jackie, is a full-time homemaker and mother to six children. Their influential lives are living testimonies that the Bibles principles are fundamental, remarkable and valuable today.
This Dangerous Book will take you into the depths of the values of Biblical artifacts. It will inform you about the process of obtaining such valuable items and what many suffered just to make a way for all of the future generations to obtain them.
The substantial information written in this book has compelled me to become far more appreciative of my Bible collection. Today, its easy to purchase a copy of a Bible or download one for free. However, there were times when the Bible was not accessible to the general public nor was it available in most languages. Sadly, many countries today have banned the Bible due to their religious beliefs. Millions have even been severely persecuted for its sake!
Im incredibly thankful to be a United States citizen that has access to my Bible at any given time. I learned in this book how our nation was (for the most part) founded on Biblical principles. Its no coincidence that theres no other nation in the world today as successful as the United States of America.
I believe its a part of Gods beautiful plan that the Greens founded the Museum of the Bible. Now all those with open-hearts and curious minds have an awesome opportunity to see the Bible come alive for themselves!
Jennifer Quetant, Author, Bible Journey