If you are active in evangelism then you regularly get questions about whether or not you can trust the Bible. The questions are valid–if we are to put all of our hope and trust in what the Bible says then we should be able to trust it.
This new little book (80 pages) from Barry Cooper is a gem. In it Cooper answers many of the most common questions about the Bible. He does so in a warm, faithful, and understandable way.
Take a look at the chapter titles:
1. Does the Bible claim to be God’s word? The world, the word, and what Jesus thought of the Bible.
2. Does the Bible seem the be God’s word? Consistency, conspiracies, and corruptions.
3. Does the Bible prove to be God’s word? Tasting, seeing, and the sweetness of Scripture.
In such a small book Cooper does a commendable job putting a lot of very helpful material in a very accessible format. He interacts with some apologetics, textual criticism, historical theology, and systematic theology. There are many books that provide the same stuff, but none (that I can think of) that do it so accessibly. It is an ideal book to give to someone who is asking questions about the Bible as well as a newer Christian who requires further study on the topic. It can be used in evangelism and/or discipleship. Further, Cooper writes in a way that is very clear. Since he deals with topics that I regularly deal with, I plan to keep my copy nearby.
The only thing I am not keen on with this book is the cover (it is very bright). BUT, as they say, don’t judge a book by its cover. What’s more, it was published in England so it must be cool.
Pick it up at Amazon on Kindle or hard-copy for under $7 (as of today).