Crazy Stories, Sane God, by John Alan Turner

51OcHkTbm4L__AA160_ Lessons from the most unexpected places in the Bible explores some of less familiar stories that we don’t tend to hear much about in church. These stories seem rather odd and downright bizarre, making them difficult to understand, yet the author gives credible explanations about how they draw out truth about God’s character and purposes. A talking donkey, a bullied bald prophet, mysterious handwriting on the wall, a pagan idol falling on its face, the sun standing still, and demon-possessed pigs are just a few interesting examples. Turner also explores some events in Biblical history that believers tend to gloss over, or even become defensive about if questioned, rather than giving serious thought to HOW, WHY, and FOR WHAT PURPOSE they may have occurred. The Word of God is filled with wars, murder, adultery, incest, prostitution, dishonesty, deceit, drunkenness, disobedience, idolatry, and the list goes on in the sinful lives of the people God has loved since the beginning. Some of these stories do not seem fit to be read in Sunday school (Song of Solomon) and yet they paradoxically contain the record of God’s goodness and sovereignty in accomplishing his plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, whose genealogy includes some of these questionable characters of the Bible. The author effectively uses just the right amount of humor while addressing some of the most perplexing passages of Scripture. I would recommend this enjoyable book for anyone looking for a unique slant on learning more about unusual aspects of the Bible that may not otherwise be considered.

Required Federal Trade Commission disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by B&H Publishing Group in exchange for an honest appraisal.

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