Uncensored: Daring to Embrace the Entire Bible - eBookBrian CosbyDavid C Cook / 2015 / ePub$9.41 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Why Believers Can Confidently Embrace All God's WordOctober 21, 2015VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Brian Cosby in his new book, Uncensored published by David C Cook gives us Daring to Embrace the Entire Bible.
From the back cover: Are you embarrassed by the Bible?
The Bible is full of stories that make us uncomfortable: Israelites stoned adulterers, slaves were told to obey masters, Jesus declared that sinners go to hell, and God commanded His people to kill others, both young and the old alike. In response, many of us opt for a feel-good faith by embracing only the socially acceptable verses and passages.
In Uncensored, Brian Cosby disrupts this deadly trajectory by explaining why all Scripture is God-breathed, holy, and essential to us as believers. And he invites you to quit hiding behind the fig leaf of half-truth and embrace a healthy, passionate faith.
Lets start off with an easy question shall we? How many days did creation take? Science tells us millions of years, God tells us He did it in six days and took a rest on the seventh day. Which version do you believe? Pastor Cosby gives lots of information and you will have to choose your answer and, Let me tell you now, some of what he presents will shake your belief system. We have made a mix of what science tells us and what God tells us and Pastor Cosby wants to purify our belief system. And he wants to do it in two parts. Part One: Embarrassed By The Bible shows how the fundamental unity of the Old and New Testaments helps put many of the offensive passages in their proper perspective. Part Two: The Art Of Censorship examines eight of the most frequently picked over themes in The Bible and why an unashamed affirmation of these doctrines is needed for a healthy, God-honoring faith. Getting what The Bible tells us correctly will provide us a healthy, balanced faith. And the healthier we are the better off we will be to everyone around us. I recommend it highly.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hoganson Media Relations. 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.
RuthSophia5 Stars Out Of 5RefreshingOctober 2, 2015RuthSophiaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a refreshing work! While I disagree with Brian in some of the finer points he makes (not being staunchly Reformed or Calvinist) I can still heartily recommend this book.
I was skeptical going in to this work - with so many churches and Christians (over) emphasizing love and grace or saying things like "I'm a Christian, but I don't believe X (that's in the Bible)" it can certainly be disheartening. Even if your congregation is pretty on point, it's easy to feel isolated, like you're the odd the one out - like there really aren't that many people out there who really, truly believe the Bible ... even in the church!
Uncensored was such an encouragement that there ARE others out there who take their faith - and the Word - seriously.
Brian tackles many hard issues that most people shy away from, uh, censor, nowadays ... yep, even in the church. Dare I say, especially in the church?
But the truth is that God addresses issues that make us uncomfortable. Topics like sin, hell, and suffering he addresses as length.
Brian addresses both why we as Christians tend to be embarrassed by certain parts of the Bible and why we tend to censor them. He also addresses why we should be unafraid to embrace the entirety of Scripture.
Undoubtedly there will be some who read the work and shake their head about Brian "just not getting it" ... the whole love and grace thing, but they would be missing the entire point of the book! Brian's point isn't that love and grace aren't in the Scriptures - far from it! But that we also need to be comfortable with the wrath and judgement of God. These things work hand in hand and are not exclusive to each other.
My one little quibble was when Brian was discussing suffering. I don't disagree with anything he said, but I wish he had mentioned that sometimes bad things happen because we live in a fallen world, and suffering is a consequence of that. God can certainly use that for good, but it's not God's fault that there is bad. It's man's fault, and it's by God's grace that things aren't worse off than they are.
Still, all in all I definitely recommend this work to those who are looking to be challenged in their faith, and those who need encouragement that there are others out there who truly believe the whole word of God.
I received a complimentary ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
ctfranklin28Atlanta, GaAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Great Book For Embracing the "Other" Aspects of the Bible That We Need to Read!July 2, 2015ctfranklin28Atlanta, GaAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5"Uncensored" is a book that challenges readers to read the "whole counsel of God", not just the "feel good" parts. As Cosby notes in several points the book, Christianity has tended to focus more on the "feel good" parts of the Bible (David slaying Goliath, Jesus feeding the poor) while neglecting to read the "unusual (Lot's encounter with his daughters), "boring" (genealogies) or confusing parts of the Bible. Cosby says that this isn't right. All of the Bible is to be appreciated, if readers of faith believe that the ALL of the Bible comes from God.
I chose the book because of that challenge and it definitely opened my eyes to how I tend to stick to the more "comfortable" parts of the Bible. (They often happen to be the ones I tend to think I know the most about!)
Note: This review is based on an electronic copy provided for reviewing purposes.
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