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Who Told You That You Were Naked?: A Refreshing Reexamination of the Garden of Eden [Paperback]

By William Combs (Author)
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Item description for Who Told You That You Were Naked?: A Refreshing Reexamination of the Garden of Eden by William Combs...

The knowledge of good and evil we inherited from Adam is the wellspring, not only of our ability to choose between right and wrong but also of our feelings of insecurity and vulnerability. When Adam and Eve gained this knowledge, they compared their individual differences and concluded their own uniqueness was no longer acceptable to their spouse.

Like them, we try to "clothe" our perceived inadequacies with things like education, wealth, a notable position or even religious piety in an attempt to feel OK. But no matter how hard we try, we can still find ourselves in situations where we feel out of place or unprepared.

In the midst of our insecurity, we need to hear the Lord ask, "Who told you that you need to be thinner, younger, prettier, more athletic or experienced?"

In the Garden, the Lord clothed Adam and Eve in animal skins to cover their nakedness. Through faith in His Son Jesus Christ, God offers to replace our errant choices and perceived liabilities with His righteousness, security, and peace.

This refreshing reexamination of one tumultuous afternoon in the Garden of Eden will forever change the way you look at sin and salvation.

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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2017
Publisher   IPS
ISBN  1942587686  
ISBN13  9781942587682  


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More About William Combs

Rev. William Combs, Ph.D., began his biblical training in systematic theology with a minor in psychology. Following his Masters he added a Doctor of Philosophy in Religion from the Bethany Bible College & Seminary, Dothan, Alabama. Over the years he has served as a pastor, evangelist, and Christian schoolteacher. He and his wife, Vera, live in Naples, Florida where he is establishing an Abundant Life Ministry.

William Combs currently resides in Naples, in the state of Florida.

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Christian Non-Fiction  Aug 21, 2017
Who Told You That You Were Naked? by William E. Combs is an interesting, in-depth look at Adam and Eve, their circumstance, and the consequences for them, their sons, and us. The author then examines faith, redemption, and the walk of a Christian—including the opposition of the adversary. His perspective on this well-known story provides much to think about. The book also clearly provides the plan of salvation and discusses “Little-Faith” and Real Faith, “Sinners” or “Good People” and society’s mindset that salvation is not needed. Personal testimonies from the author and others add to the information and insights that he presents. The end of each chapter includes thought-provoking study questions upon which to reflect and delve deeper. This would be appropriate for Bible study groups, SS classes, or for individuals who want to deepen their understanding. I recommend this book that I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review. A unique presentation concerning the Garden of Eden.
 
Disobedience in the Garden  Jul 18, 2017
As a small child I learned the story of the first man and woman created by God but my perception of the events in the Garden of Eden has changed as my Christian walk has continued and my knowledge has increased. I just read this book written by William E. Combs and it further challenges and deepens my understanding. "Who Told You That You Were Naked?" explores the story of Adam and Eve, their special time with God, their encounter with the serpent and the consequences for all mankind. He uses easy to understand language to paint word pictures to share his personal interpretation of this biblical occurence that introduced disobedience and the knowledge of good and evil into our world by the failure of Adam and Eve to follow God's instructions. Yes, it is Mr. Comb's interpretation but he does offer scripture to support his statements. And since Adam and Eve were certainly not the last to disobey God he lists many other Biblical characters as examples of people who have sinned and then received forgiveness because of the sacrifice of Jesus. William E. Combs is a retired minister and he does share many personal experiences along with his own interpretation of Scripture but I like that each chapter of this book ends with discussion questions to help deepen our understanding and I also appreciate that there are end notes to further substantiate the author's statements. I received a copy of this book from the author and The Book Club Network but this review is my personal opinion.
 
The Inherent Knowledge of Good & Evil  May 23, 2017
“If we recognize the root of sin is our mental capacity to discern good and evil, then we can begin to understand we are incapable of overcoming this antagonist,” William E. Combs writes in his book, Who Told You That You Were Naked? A Refreshing Reexamination of the Garden of Eden.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-two-page paperback targets readers looking for an updated viewpoint of the fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden. Using the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, verses are written throughout the text and discussed in detail. After an introduction, ten chapters with discussion questions cover the topic, ending with endnotes.

Written by a retired Presbyterian minister, the book concentrates on possible scenarios of Adam and Eve in the Garden after they had eaten of the tree of good and evil, became shameful being naked, and felt guilty disobeying God. Also using examples of Cain, Moses, David, Paul, John, and Jesus in the Bible, added are the author’s personal experiences, interjections, and other interpretations of Scripture.

~ Why ~
Since we were not in the Garden of Eden when the first couple sinned, we do not know explicitly what each was feeling when partaking of the tree of good and evil. The writer’s creative vignettes force readers to think how it may have happened and why. I appreciated the mentioning of touching verses eating the fruit, exegesis versus eisegesis, and contemporary and alternative interpretations of the historical, life-changing event.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have or want a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not be interested in this book about the inception of sin and path to eternal salvation. Some may not like a book with a pastor’s experiences or analogies such as outhouses, an earth-swallowing event, or his wife’s challenges. Others may notice the highlighted repetition of statements which are meant to stop the reader and consider its content.

~ Wish ~
Although I felt parts of the book got off topic and included personal references, I was reminded that Jesus dying on the cross for our sin reestablished God’s direct relationship with us.

~ Want ~
If you do not mind a retold version of Adam and Eve that takes ample liberties regarding our inherent knowledge of good and evil, this may bring it to the forefront of your thinking.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
Blog: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/who-told-you-that-you-were-naked/
 

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