Has God Spoken? (book review)

The Bible has quite a bit to say about apologetics — defending what you believe. Paul tells Christians to study God’s Word so that we won’t be ashamed of it, and Peter tells Christians to always be prepared to answer anyone who questions our faith in Christ. But how do we know the Bible is true? Hank Hanegraaff’s latest book, Has God Spoken?, is an excellent resource to help you answer that question.

You may know Hank as host of the Bible Answer Man, and have come to appreciate his wit and wisdom. In Has God Spoken? you will be well-armed to answer any critics who claim that the Bible is not all that Christians claim it to be.

And I love the format that Hank uses to share all of his wisdom. Just like musicians learned their musical notes through such statements as, “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge,” Hank uses a variety of acrostics to make his evidence so easy to recall. In addition, this book is fully documented, with nearly 100 pages of endnotes, so you can dig a little deeper into the evidence and proofs that he presents.

The puritan pastor Thomas Watson wrote, “The Bible is a rock of diamonds, a chain of pearls, the sword of the Spirit; a chain by which the Christian sails to eternity; the map by which he daily walks; the sundial by which he sets his life; the balance by which he weighs his actions.” But if someone ever doubts the accuracy, inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible, he will never know the treasures and life resources within its pages. That’s why this book is so valuable, and I highly recommend it to both Bible believers and Bible skeptics.

I am a Thomas Nelson book reviewer.

New Attitude

“My job is boring. It’s the same-old-same-old every single day. My coworkers are incompetent, and my boss is clueless.”

If you knew nothing else about the person who made that statement, I think you could still predict how they treated their job. Would you think this person values their job? Do you think they work hard? Do they treat their coworkers with respect? Probably not.

How about this one: “My car is a piece of junk. The mileage is lousy, the radio doesn’t work when the weather is cold, and it leaks when it rains.” Can you guess how this person treats their car?

Now flip it around: What about the one who is thankful for his job, or grateful for her car. Now how will he treat his job? his coworkers? her car?

What we praise, we treat with greater respect.

Look at the last of the 150 psalms in the Bible:

Praise the Lord!

   Praise God in His sanctuary;
      praise him in His mighty heaven!
   Praise Him for His mighty works;
      praise His unequaled greatness!
   Praise Him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
      praise Him with the lyre and harp!
   Praise Him with the tambourine and dancing;
      praise Him with strings and flutes!
   Praise Him with a clash of cymbals;
      praise Him with loud clanging cymbals.
   Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!

   Praise the Lord!

Thirteen times in just six verses the psalmist says PRAISE. Because what we praise, we treat with greater respect, awe, reverence. The more you praise God, the more you will find to praise about Him. And the more you praise God, the more your attitude will change about the things around you: your job, your car, your family, your friends, your country, and on and on.

Praise will change your outlook. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!

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