The Lord's Battle for Paradise
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Debut author Rutland offers a book of summations and commentary on various portions of the Bible.

Beginning with grand concepts, such as the omnipresence and everlasting nature of God (usually referred to in the text as “Awesome Sovereign”), this book goes on to explore more tangible stories of the Bible. It covers a lot of ground, from the story of Cain and Abel to the life of Jesus, with varying degrees of specificity. For instance, it recounts the story of Noah in detail, down to the individual animals that he put onboard his famous ark. Rutland writes in a contemporary style, including unadorned dialogue, as when God instructs Moses quite plainly to “return to Egypt to rescue my people, the Israelites, from slavery.” This easy-to-understand language helps to make otherwise dense biblical passages relatively breezy and comprehensible. Although readers will likely be familiar with many of the events described, such as the issuance of the Ten Commandments, the author also extends his explanations to more obtuse portions of Christian texts. For instance, the book clearly provides the reasoning behind why Jesus Christ decided to make a fig tree wither; it also says that the reason that Joseph isn’t mentioned in ancient Egyptian texts is simply because “Egyptian scribes rewrote history and changed Joseph’s name to the Egyptian name, Imhotep, to ensure the Egyptian people no longer remembered Joseph.” Some of the arguments here may not convince more skeptical readers, but they do provide an easily navigable text for those who share the author’s beliefs or are simply seeking to understand those who do. Although some simplifications may not satisfy those looking for more in-depth analyses, they still provide insight into core ideas of many modern Christians.

A digestible interpretation of many scriptural tales and Christian beliefs.

Pub Date: Jan. 19th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5049-7204-8
Page count: 412pp
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Program: Kirkus Indie
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