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Holy Enigma! Bible Verses You'll Never Hear in Sunday School [Kindle Edition]

Steve Ward
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Do you know much about the Bible? Have you ever read this verse?

Deuteronomy 25:11-12 If two men fight and one’s wife tries to help by grabbing the testicles of the other man, her hand will be cut off without pity. (Living Bible)

The Holy Bible is chock-full of fascinating, sometimes shocking and almost never discussed lexis, verse after verse you will never hear in Sunday School.

A distinctive Bible study, Holy Enigma! takes a humorous look at the most ancient stories of the Near East. It introduces candor, humor, and commonsense into a careful assessment of “God’s word.” In a heartfelt desire to spawn interest in reading the Bible, the author opens Pandora’s Box by questioning the divinity of some of the most bizarre text. Holy Enigma! is sure to astonish and entertain while inspiring deep reflection for believers and non-believers alike.

From the author:

This book was three years in the making. It evolved from a humor book, to a theology book, to a philosophy book, to somewhere in between. Because I take my religion seriously and have great respect for the Holy Bible, I’ve re-written this book so many times as to be haunted by the challenge. All my life I’ve heard baseless arguments trying to explain away troublesome Bible issues, and it dawned on me that no one had thought to ask God about the Good Book. I’ve come to believe the Creator wants us to read, think, take note and stand up for His side of the story. I concluded it might be helpful to lay all the most controversial passages on the table and let readers decide for themselves. Chapters 1, 2 and 3 take on the dogma of “biblical inerrancy.” Chapters 4, 5 and 6 cover many of the most troublesome verses in the Old and New Testaments. Chapter 7 briefs the entire book of Revelation, and Chapter 8 offers a prayer of reconciliation.

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Steve Ward, retired after a career in high-tech innovation, start-ups, and business management, is now a full-time writer. He holds a Master of Science from Texas A&M and an engineering degree from Texas Tech. He graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1990.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter tosh 25 Nov. 2013
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I only gave this one star because I couldn't go any lower.
The author has no credibility: he proudly states his belief in creationism; he says miracles do happen because he has seen how prayers in his church have cured disease; his literary references included The Da Vinci Code.
I was looking for an interesting book on the vagaries of The Bible - I read a pile of old tosh.
Don't buy this book - he doesn't deserve the royalties.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 29 Mar. 2013
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This is a great book for Atheists because it is written by a Christian. His research has highlighted verses in both old and new testaments that show how the bible has been manipulated and cannot possibly be 'inspired' as many claim. Show these verses to your 'doorsteppers'.
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The points made in this book are often insightful and do need to be made. I love the inspiration and objective behind this book but was disappointed that the author did not grasp the seriousness of his points. More discussion was needed in certain areas and for me the Italic conversations with God felt out of place. However I must salute the books ambition. There is a gaping gap for a Christian's critique of the Bible and this book is a start in filling this gap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing 10 Dec. 2012
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I'm not a fan of organised religion but this book took my eye and I was quite amused by it, not laugh out loud funny but lighthearted humour. I hope it is supposed to be amusing or I might just have insulted someone....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth starting 2 Mar. 2014
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Ward is a confessed Christian who, unusually for most Christians, has actually read the bible. He knows, therefore, that it contains parts that are totally devoid from reality, whole chapters that are morally repugnant and others that would be funny if they were in any other book. His conclusion, having realised that the bible is at best deeply flawed, at worst a recipe for atrocity? Oh well God can't have written those bits because I know God is good.
Make your own mind up - it is cheap after all but I really wouldn't bother.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it has to be said that this is a good factual 20 Aug. 2014
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If you can get past mr ward's idea of a conversation with God, it has to be said that this is a good factual read
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1.0 out of 5 stars A rambing shambles of a book 19 Sept. 2012
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I gave up reading about a quarter of the way through the book. The old testament is simply a blood bath which the author fails to really tackle. He simply rambles on in a completely incoherent way and never gets to the point or answers any of those difficult passages in the bible.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting if bizarre 2 Mar. 2013
By Robski
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I liked the factual elements and bible history but with no index it's not much use for future reference. The dialog with God I found slightly odd and am not convinced that a set of books written and compiled by men, largely for men with an inherent mass of contradiction can be taken as the literal word of God. To now select bits you like to follow while ignoring the bits that really don't fit modern life is just arbitrary while dismissing the bib bang theory (because it's not in the bible?!) just doesn't seem right some how.
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