A worthwhile tool for those new to the study of Scripture.



Accessible commentary on the book of Genesis for the layperson.

In this unassuming and personal debut work, Folse does a good job of connecting readers to the titular Old Testament book. She approaches Genesis chapter by chapter and often line by line, filling her pages with common-sense lessons from Scripture. Although her work is far from academic in approach, it’s clear that she’s done her homework. There are references to original Hebrew terms throughout to offer a better understanding of the original text. Folse also provides important background, wherever necessary, to help readers grasp the times and places under discussion. For instance, a single page aptly describes the topography and geography of the land of Canaan, providing a fine guide without bogging the study down with extraneous facts. Frequent references to the New Testament serve to tie the study to a Christian mindset. The author admirably provides an equal amount of energy, space, and study to topics as diverse as the seven days of Creation, the Great Flood, the travels of Abram, and the travails of Joseph. She also closely examines less-well-known elements, such as the “Table of Nations” in Genesis 10. Folse follows in the footsteps of such popular commentators as Max Lucado, creating a widely accessible, highly personalized work that focuses on applicable lessons from the biblical text. That said, those readers who may be looking for a more critical study of Genesis will have to look elsewhere. This work would best serve Bible study groups, especially those for young believers.

A worthwhile tool for those new to the study of Scripture.

Pub Date: June 15, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-973616-59-7

Page Count: 292

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: Oct. 5, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2018

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.


The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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This a book of earlier, philosophical essays concerned with the essential "absurdity" of life and the concept that- to overcome the strong tendency to suicide in every thoughtful man-one must accept life on its own terms with its values of revolt, liberty and passion. A dreary thesis- derived from and distorting the beliefs of the founders of existentialism, Jaspers, Heldegger and Kierkegaard, etc., the point of view seems peculiarly outmoded. It is based on the experience of war and the resistance, liberally laced with Andre Gide's excessive intellectualism. The younger existentialists such as Sartre and Camus, with their gift for the terse novel or intense drama, seem to have omitted from their philosophy all the deep religiosity which permeates the work of the great existentialist thinkers. This contributes to a basic lack of vitality in themselves, in these essays, and ten years after the war Camus seems unaware that the life force has healed old wounds... Largely for avant garde aesthetes and his special coterie.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1955

ISBN: 0679733736

Page Count: 228

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1955

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