The Epic of God proved an awesome read. This fine book which gives very deep insight into the beginning of the Word of God is a vital read for all Christians; because Genesis is a book that I (and perhaps you and a thousand others) browse through to get to the good and gritty stuff in Exodus. As a very young Christian, I’ve not really gone that deep into the study of the book of Genesis; but reading this book felt like a veil was being lifted over my eyes, as I could see deeper connections in the ‘beginning’ (Genesis). With each chapter analysed from different perspectives, and scholarly interpretations – especially original Hebrew translations, Michael (the Author) doesn’t shove his opinion down your throat, rather he presents the options, (sometimes) makes his own conclusions and leaves you with the choice to make yours.
This has been a quality experience that I greatly treasure because on some level it makes you to experience insight into the Word of God. It has shed light on some really confusing parts of the scripture, which I confess I’ve not taken time out to meditate on – maybe it’s because of the watered down children’s Sunday school version I’d been hearing or reading the King James Version!
This is a really brilliant book whose success I can only attribute to The Lord Almighty because one way or the other I could feel His presence in the words as I kept swiping through the pages. It’s not a long read – barely 300 pages long, and it’s got some really cool funny bits, hearty bits too (that hits – the good way – you in the emotional guts) and pop culture reference which I loved tremendously.
Finally, The Epic of God is the kind of book that you read during lunch break (instead of eating lunch, which is not so great when you’re working a 12-hour shift!). It’s the kind of book that keeps you glued in that you nearly miss your stop on the bus and the train as I experienced on several occasions. Above all, it’s a book that guides you deeper into the book of Genesis, giving you an insight into God – albeit it’s no replacement for the Holy Bible.
I leave you with this bit I found in the Q&A section:
‘Q: Can I understand the rest of Scripture without studying Genesis?
A: I don’t think so.
A: It’s like trying to understand Tolkien’s The Two Towers or The Return of the King without The Fellowship of the Ring. The middle and end just won’t make much sense unless you know about the beginning.’
God bless you, Michael.