Miller writes books for people not very familiar with the Bible. This book is a great one for new Christians or people who just have questions about the Bible.
Miller is primarily a journalist (although he has been to seminary). He likes to investigate tough questions. He also identifies himself as neutral. He is not out to tell us what to believe – he just rounds up the best possible answers and reports them for us to consider.
So how did he do? I am impressed with this book. He tackles some tough questions and gives all sides of possible answers. He gives potential scientific explanations where appropriate. He reports on various theories indicating possible explanations. He sometimes looks at the original Hebrew or Greek. He's done the research so we don't have to (unless we do want pursue an issue farther).
I appreciate that Miller does not tell us which explanation is “right.” He lets us make up our own mind.
Miller is not intimidating. I like the way he writes. He does not use theological jargon. For example: “When the stubborn Egyptian king finally released the Jews from slavery, Moses got them the dickens out of Dodge.” And he purposely adds some humor from time to time. “The manna story is tough for many people to sink their teeth into...”
Miller's writing style is appropriate for teens on up. While excellent for new Christians, this book is also good for older Christians who are just beginning to really study their Bible. The material is definitely “entry level” but would be a good review for people who have been Christians for a while.
Stephen M. Miller specializes in easy-reading Bible reference books, especially for Bible newcomers. He is a full-time free-lance writer who considers the Bible as his beat. He has a news journalism degree from Kent State University and a master's degree in biblical studies from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He lives in suburban Kansas City, Kansas. Learn more at www.stephenmillerbooks.com.
Bethany House Publishers, 240 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.