Monday, November 4, 2013

Reliable Truth by Richard E. Simmons III

Each of us has beliefs about God and the Bible. Have you given deep thought about how you got those ideas?

Simmons began, some 30 years ago, to think deeply about why he believed what he did about the Bible. Why should he believe it was the word of God? That was a crucial question to him because he knew what he believed about God was based on the Bible.

This book reflects presentations he made as a result of his study. He follows the style of Paul in Athens in that he turns to the world's leading scholars, experts and commentators on subjects that touch on the Bible's legitimacy.

For example, Simmons refers to C. S. Lewis and Ann Rice when writing about the historicity of the gospels. Using their accounts as a springboard, he explores the uniqueness, power, and wisdom of the Bible. Simmons refers to the testimony of ancient historians like Cornelius Tacitus, Justin Martyr and Flavius Josephus when showing the reliable nature of the Bible in general.

Simmons goes on to look at how archaeological discoveries and studies show the accuracy of the Bible. Manuscript evidence indicates the Bible's faithful reproduction over time. He reports on well known scientists who believe in God, the theistic nature of the big bang, evolution and intelligent design, the role of moral law, and the impact of Jesus and Christianity on history.

This is not a technical book on apologetics, aimed at scholars. This is a great book for you, your neighbor or friend looking to find a readable explanation why we believe the Bible to be the word of God. I would recommend it for anyone wanting to understand why Christians view the Bible so highly as our source of truth.

You can find out more about the book and purchase it at

Richard E. Simmons III is the Executive Director of the Center for Executive Leadership, where he teaches men's Bible studies, counsels individuals, and oversees a group of professional and personal counselors. He has a BA in Economics and studied Risk Management and Insurance. He had a 25 year career in a property and casualty firm where he was CEO for ten years. In December 2000 Simmons founded The Center for Executive Leadership, a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry. You can find out more about his ministry at

Union Hill Publishing, 191 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through the B&B Media Group for the purpose of this review.

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