God Speaks: What He Says, What He Means  -     By: Craig A. Evans Ph.D.
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Why did God create the Bible? Does it matter whether or not we pay attention to God's Word? Drawing back the curtain of mystery that often envelops Scripture, Evans reveals the real purpose and message of God's story and shows why the Bible---not science or technology---is the real answer to life's questions. 240 pages, softcover from Worthy.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1617954810
ISBN-13: 9781617954818

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The Bible is not some old and antiquated book. Rather it is the only place in this world that gives humans a glimpse behind the curtains of the universe. Evans takes readers on a thrilling and inspirational flight arching over the entire history revealed in the Bible, explaining the real purpose and panoramic message of that story. He shows why God provided Scriptures and why it matters so much. Science can’t do that, technology will never provide those answers. Skeptics and atheist will only lead you to disillusionment with life. The Bible is the solution.

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Dr. Craig Evans is Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity college of Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. He received his M. Div. from Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Claremont Graduate University in southern California. A well-known evangelical scholar throughout the world, he is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    "God Speaks" can help orient a new Bible reader.
    August 22, 2015
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    If I had the privilege of helping a new Christian begin to seek the Scriptures, I might be inclined to give them this book.

    "God Speaks" is a high altitude survey of the Bible- why it's reliable, why it's valuable, the claims it makes for humanity, and the character of the God who gave it- and occasionally it touches down on particular points, such as what Jesus taught, and how to interpret a passage in context and informed by church wisdom through the ages.

    If you're new to your Bible, this book could help orient you as you start out, and whet your appetite for further reading.

    As a basic introduction, it has plenty of helpful resources. There's a timeline of events, spanning from the call of Abraham to the writings of Augustine, a giving you a glance at those who lived the Hebrew history and those who articulated the new-born faith.

    And here's a chapter about biblical archeology- the study of textual data and material evidence. He includes brief descriptions of discoveries, and explains where those artifacts fit into the scope of history recorded in the Testaments.

    If the reader were ready for more after finishing "God Speaks," then I'd begin adding in other books.

    I think I'd give them Norman Giesler's "How we Got our Bible" if they wanted to know about the inspiration of the text and collection of the manuscripts and recognition of the canon.

    I'd hand out J. Warner Wallace's "Cold Case Christianity" if they wanted to think specifically about the New Testament, and what (if any) evidence suggests its authenticity.

    I'd hand out a small library of Ravi Zacharias if they wanted to explore the questions of the human heart *and* look at the Man who claims to be the Bread of Life and Living Water. "Jesus Among Other Gods," "Why Jesus?" and "Can Man Live without God?" would be good ones to begin with.

    I'd probably slide Randy Alcorn's challenging-yet-ultimately-comforting "If God is Good..." into the pile if they wanted to read more about suffering and evil in a God-made world.

    So yes, "God Speaks" could be an ideal jumping-off point for all sorts of Christian studies.

    I would also like to explore more of Dr. Craig Evans books myself. "God Speaks" is the first one of his that I've read. I'll be keeping an eye out for "Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels" and "Jesus and His World" and "From Jesus to the Church: The First Generation."

    I thank Worthy Publishing for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an opinion.

    Why no voting buttons? We don't let customers vote on their own reviews, so the voting buttons appear only when you look at reviews submitted by others.

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  2. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fresh Insight Into What The Bible Is
    August 22, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Craig A. Evans in his new book, God Speaks published by Worthy Publishing gives us What He Says, What He Means.

    From the back cover: Explore and examine the depth of the Bible with evangelical scholar Dr. Craig Evans in God Speaks.

    No matter how familiar or unfamiliar you are with the Bible, God Speaks will bring its timeless truth alive as you view it with fresh eyes and apply its restorative power to your life.

    Far from a dusty old book of dos and donts, the Bible is a relevant and eternal message of love and reconciliation that holds the power to shape society and transform lives. Dr. Craig Evans, a consultant on Mark Burnett and Roma Downeys blockbuster miniseries The Bible, unfolds Scripture with compelling clarity. God Speaks will equip you to provide answers to skeptics questions about the Bibles true message.

    By taking readers on a journey through each part of the Bible, God Speaks

    Examines the Bible as a force for progress in economics, justice, charity, and human rights

    Explores the Bibles power to shape culture and transform individual lives

    Extols Gods deeply resonant message of forgiveness and hope for all

    Equips readers with tools to understand Scripture to apply its ever-enduring precepts to daily living

    Why is The Bible important? Why do we need to pay attention to what God says and take action upon His word? In God Speaks Dr. Evans addresses those very questions and more. Dr. Evans divides his new book into three parts: Part One: What Is The Bible?, Part Two: What Is The Bible About? and Part Three: Common Questions About The Bible. The Bible not only transforms society but it also transforms individuals. Dr. Evans provides us a fresh insight into what The Bible is and why God had it written. There is a huge amount of truth that will transform our lives within these pages. I think everyone should have a copy of this book and give it as gifts to our friends and family members.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God Speaks
    August 20, 2015
    Aussiegirl
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    GOD SPEAKS

    What He Says What He Means

    By:

    Craig A. Evans, PHD.

    The purpose that Craig wrote this book is to invite you to read the Bible with new eyes, seeing things you have not seen before.

    Remember Moses? He had the Ten Commandments on a tablet from God, guess that meant they were very important right? So the Law of Moses was a hug step forward in protecting the poor and the weak. The Ten Commandments can be found on page 108-112 with the best explanations I ever read (a must read) I really like this part and market it in my book so I can find it fast to read over and over.

    King Abad and Queen Jezebel and the King David and Bathsheba shows how God used prophets to let them know they did wrong in the eyes of The Lord. As youll see in these stories the roll the Prophets plays for God in Israel. Fascinating reminders of wanting someone elses property or wife and what theyll do to get what they want even murder. Same as what they do today if the people dont follow the law God gave us. These two Kings are really a must read if you dont know the story behind each King and their women.

    Chapter 7 Where Did Jesus Come From and What Did He teach. This is very interesting to know about Jesus and how he taught. The teaching of the Bible and its Commandments the warning should not be ignored there are dire consequences. What were Jesus claims? This chapter I found to be so very interesting that I am going to sit back down and read it again.

    I recommend this book highly a must read for anyone to know Jesus and his life. I love this book. I received this book free from Worthy Publishing for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions are entirely my own and no one elses.

    HAPPY READING!!!

    5 Stars

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  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Why the Bible is important to us today
    August 18, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    We are living in a time when many do not value the Bible. Evans has written this book to remind us of the Bible's importance and introduce it to a generation biblically illiterate.

    He begins the book with basic information about the Bible. Next is an exploration of what the Bible is all about. He ends with a section addressing questions about the Bible. Topics covered include how to determine what the Bible says (genres and interpretation), the reliability of the manuscripts, historical evidence for the accuracy of the Bible, important questions about life the Bible answers, and what the Bible says to us today.

    I really appreciate Evans' comments on the Old Testament. Critics often see it as full of rules, judgment and violence. Evans points out the promises and blessings that are often overlooked. I liked how he kept reminding us what the Bible says to us today, warning us what happens when we ignore it. He does a wonderful job of explaining who Jesus is and what He did, providing reasons to believe in His resurrection. His introduction to biblical interpretation is superb. There is also a list of books for those who would like to study further the topics covered.

    I recommend this book to brand new Christians, Christians who have forgotten the importance of the Bible, and to people who don't know much about the Bible at all. The information Evans has provided helps us understand why the Bible has been the all time best selling book and why it is the guiding light of so many people.

    I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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