Review | Taking God at His Word

Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me

by Kevin DeYoung

Summary (from Goodreads)

The Bible stands at the heart of the Christian faith, but people disagree about its nature and authority. Can we trust the Bible completely? Is it sufficient for our complicated lives? Can we really know what it teaches? And isn’t it more important to focus on Jesus instead of the Bible?

With his characteristic wit and clarity, Kevin DeYoung has written an accessible introduction to the Bible that answers important questions raised by Christians and non-Christians alike. This book will help readers understand what the Bible says about itself and the key characteristics that contribute to its lasting significance. Avoiding technical jargon, this winsome volume will encourage men and women to read and believe the Bible–confident that it truly is God’s word.

Review | 2 stars

What a cyclical and tiresome book. To summarize: DeYoung uses Scripture (looking at you, 1 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed”) to prove Scripture is true. Because Jesus’ references to Old Testament Scripture were accepted as truth in his time, we should therefore look at all Scripture as truth.

Understand I am Christian, and do believe in the truth of the Bible. However, I’m baffled that this book – which uses Christianese language to explain simple theology, which is a HUGE pet peeve of mine – got published.

Two stars because of a couple redemptive sound bites.

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