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In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton invites us into an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundational questions such as: How and when was the Bible written? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? How literally must we read it? And, is the Bible ever wrong?

From there, Hamilton considers the real questions people frequently ask that continue to divide Christians and denominations alike, including:

  • Were Adam and Eve real people?
  • Why is God so violent in the Old Testament?
  • Why would Paul command women to keep silent in the church?
  • Is Jesus the only way to salvation?
  • How does God view homosexual people?
  • Is the Book of Revelation a guide to the End Times

In approachable and inviting language, Hamilton addresses these often misunderstood biblical themes leading listeners to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving.

©2014 Adam Hamilton (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers

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  • Matt
  • OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States
  • 05-27-14

Excellent book for the non-biblical scholar

The author does an excellent job of breaking down complex theological positions and framing them back up for the laymen—always using sound logic and reason. Many of the topics he decides to take on are many of the same things I have wrestled with throughout my adult life—how to reconcile them against scripture and my own inner beliefs, etc. I found his take on many of these to be consistent with what I have come to believe.

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Good for history not interpretation

I found the first section of this book to be very informative as far as church history and how are canon came to be. However, I was very disheartened to hear Mr. Hamilton describe removing parts of scripture he didn't like or understand. I found that he painted scripture interpretation with a broad brush and based some of his arguments on assumptions and hypotheses. As I finished the book, I was reminded of the scripture verse found in Proverbs 3:5. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."

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Most important theological book I have read

And I have read many, including the insightful works of C.S. Lewis. This is a truly modern look at the Bible, the church, and Christianity. I, like many, have at times wondered if Christianity is really reflective of God, given some of its Old Testament violence, harsh penalties, and lack of compassion, which seem contradictory to the teachings of Jesus. I also struggled mightily with reconciling its apparent views toward women, slavery and homosexuality, and its esoteric writings like Revelation. Hamilton does a great service to struggling people of faith like me as he tackles and, to me, very effectively explains these difficulties in a satisfying, logical, compassionate manner. This book may just have saved my faith. Thank you Adam and thank you Lord! I pray it will help many others.

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  • Seneca
  • Baton Rouge, LA, United States
  • 12-28-14

Very useful book annihilated by silly narration

Would you listen to Making Sense of the Bible again? Why?

Maybe.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jesus Christ

Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Runnette’s performances?

Absolutely not.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry listening to the goofball narration.

Any additional comments?

The narrator's attempt to provide a chirpy, "user-friendly", expressive narration comes off as if he's reading a story to a class of 5 year olds. Dreadful.

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ADAM the gentle

I just finished listening to this book for the second time. Each time it has steered me into a sweeter love for Jesus. It is as if the Holy Spirit has used this writer’s inspired way of choosing words to enter into my spirit more fully. The reader became a friend to me by way of his sympathy with the intentions of the author. Bob. F can benefit from this especially under the heading of reconciling the genocidal commands by God in the Old Testament with the love-your-enemy teaching of Jesus in the New Testament. By way of this book we get Hamilton as our scholar/mentor and Pastor.

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  • Brad
  • Demotte, IN, US
  • 02-14-18

amazing!

I wish I had this book years ago. Adam helped sort out so many confusions and confirmed many thoughts I have always had and wasn't sure how to put into words. the examples given are so relatable!

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Everything I had Hoped very Enlightening

Found this extremely helpfull and useful in struggles I was having. Made it possible to crystallize thoughts and feelings of my own helped in my faith and understanding. Must be open and willing to think hard if you want to read....

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  • Anni L.
  • Laporte, Indiana United States
  • 06-10-17

Helped Me Make Sense of the Bible!

Great look into the Bible! It helped to explain a lot about what we believe today! Loved it!

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thoughtful, and makes you question old beliefs

this thoughtful book makes me question the belief structures I've grown up with. a challenging, intelligent book. I've grown a lot reading this, and will wrestle with my faith but undoubtedly grow more in faith after reading.

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This was an awesome book and we used it for a group Bible study. I used the audible book as well as the printed book.