Monday, April 8, 2013

A Conservative's Primer On The Bible by Bob Ward ~ review

    A Conservative's Primer on the Bible
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Robert E. Ward, Jr. (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984894101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984894109

August 7, 2012

This book is a rational attempt to document what is referred to in the Bible as worshipping "in truth". The approach is to first convince the reader that the Bible is the true word of God; that is is infallible; and that it is the only source of God's message to man that we are ever to get. With that accomplished, the scriptures are used to describe God's attributes, often by showing how God dealt with the various characters and peoples in events recounted in the Bible. Still using only scriptures to develop the narrative, it goes into God's selection of a particular people to prepare future Christians for the fulfillment of His plan for mankind. The need for salvation is revealed, and Jesus is presented to deliver salvation, to the eternal exaltation of Jesus. The conversion process whereby one goes from lost sinner to saved saint is described.

My take on this book:
"A Conservative's Primer On The Bible" is a book that takes a simplistic approach on explaining the Bible. The author touches on such topics as who is God, and why we should believe the Bible is God's word, what God expects of his followers,the role of the church, just to name a few. A solid read that will allow even a beginner Christian to begin a firm foundation in their spiritual quest.

As someone who studies my Bible daily, I often find it hard to digest, so when I started reading this book, my expectations were a scholarly prose that just might put me to sleep. Well instead of that I felt like I had stumbled onto a lively discussion about one of my favorite topics The Bible! Mr. Ward's writing style is very easy to read, he writes in a casual way, making the reader feel not only at ease, but more than that he explains his ideas in a relaxed manner, which made me feel like I was conversing with an old friend. Even in his casualness it is obvious to anyone who has read the Bible that Mr. Ward is well versed in the Bible, and the topics he is discussing. While he does state his opinion, he pairs that opinion scriptures so that the reader can turn to their Bible for further understanding. Because the author deals with issues such as who is God, and why we should believe the Bible is God's word, this book would be perfect for someone who isn't well versed in God and his word. Likewise a more seasoned Christian will also find this book an interesting read, because of the topics the author has covered. Overall, Mr. Ward has provided a down to earth, easy to understand book that helps explain the Bible and God's plan for salvation. Whether the reader agree's with everything the author says or not, "A Conservative's Primer On The Bible" will have the reader thinking about God's word and perhaps where they wan't to spend eternity.

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