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Be Authentic ( Genesis 25 - 50 ) Paperback – Dec 1 2009
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Warren W. Wiersbe, former pastor of the Moody Church and general director of Back to the Bible, has traveled widely as a Bible teacher and conference speaker. Because of his encouragement to those in ministry, Dr. Wiersbe is often referred to as "the pastor s pastor." He has ministered in churches and conferences throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Central and South America, and Europe. Dr. Wiersbe has written over 150 books, including the popular BE series of commentaries on every book of the Bible, which has sold more than four million copies. At the 2002 Christian Booksellers Convention, he was awarded the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement Award by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Dr. Wiersbe and his wife, Betty, live in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Baugh is the pastor of Frontline Ministry, a young adult church-within-a-church at McLean Bible Church near Washington, C.S.
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At the end of each chapter, you will also find some questions for personal reflection or group discussion. This book can be used in a group setting or for personal reflection. Each question will have you ponder on how God worked in the lives of Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. It will also make you think of events in your own life or how you would have reacted in a similar situation. The author has also included a notes section where you can read more details on what he wrote in the chapters.
If you want to discover more about the characters and the events from Genesis 25-50, if you want to get more insights about God in their lives and if you want to understand some Old Testament traditions, I strongly recommend that you dig into Be Authentic - Exhibiting Real Faith in the Real World.
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Why study these three authentic men? Because we live in a world of pseudosaints and artificial heroes, many of whom are manufactured by the media and puffed by the promoters. The other thing some well-known Christians are known for is that they're well known. Apart from that, there's nothing distinctive about them. They belong to the herd. (pp. 13-14)
Dr. Wiersbe ([..]) has had a long and storied career. He's an internationally known Bible teacher and the former pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. For ten years he was associated with the Back to the Bible radio broadcast, first as Bible teacher and then as general director. He has written more than 160 books, including the "BE" series of Bible commentaries (of which `Be Authentic' is one), which have sold more than four million copies. He and his wife, Betty, live in Lincoln, Nebraska. An interesting side note - the church which I attend is also attended by one of Dr. Wiersbe's daughters. What a blessing to have Dr. Wiersbe as a father!
I was especially intrigued by the chapters covering the life of Joseph (Genesis 39-50). He has always struck me as one of the most amazing people in the Bible. I am grateful for Dr. Wiersbe's insights on Egypt at the time Joseph lived there:
The Egypt in which Joseph found himself was primarily a land of small villages inhabited by peasants who worked the land and raised grain and vegetables. Thanks to their system of irrigation, the annual flooding of the Nile River supplied ample water for both the crops and the cattle. There were some large cities such as On (Hieropolis), where Ra the sun god was honored, and Memphis, devoted to Apis, the sacred bull, but most of the population lived in the small villages. (p. 107)
I appreciate the biblical - and extra-biblical - knowledge that Dr. Wiersbe imparts.
Joseph seemed to never be bitter and said one of my favorite passages in the Bible: "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives" (Genesis 50:20). Here Dr. Wiersbe makes a comparison of Joseph's life with another person in the Bible:
Joseph didn't minimize their sins, but he said, "You intended to harm me" (Gen. 50:20 NIV). He knew that there had been evil in their hearts, but he also knew that God had overruled their evil deeds to accomplish His good purposes. This reminds us of what happened on the cross. Peter said "Him [Jesus], being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up" (Acts 2:23-24 NKJV). Out of the greatest sin ever committed ever committed to humankind, God brought the greatest blessing than even came to humankind. (p. 184)
As is always the case, Dr. Wiersbe's commentary on Genesis 25-50 is profound and biblically based. Each chapter ends with Questions for Personal Reflection or Group Discussion. One can never go wrong in studying a commentary by this gifted and godly man. I would highly recommend it for personal or group study. My life/small group through our church is currently studying Dr. Wiersbe's ([..]) `Be Free: Exchange Legalism for True Spirituality,' which studies the book of Galatians. We are learning a lot.
This book was published by David C. Cook and provided by the B&B Media Group, Inc. for review purposes.
Reviewed by Andrea Schultz - Ponderings by Andrea - [..]
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There are over 4 million "Be" books in print and there is a reason for that! This book, along with it's counterparts, are excellent resources for the person in the pew as well as the full-time ministry personnel.
Reading this book is not like reading a dry, just the facts, commentary - it's like reading a fascinating book that helps you really grasp the passages of Genesis 25-50. Wiersbe explains the scripture in a clear way that is easy to understand for anyone, not just the scholars. I highly recommend buying this series of books that will walk you through the entire Bible so that you can have personal access to digging deeper in your walk with Christ.
Here is some more detailed information on this book:
As pastors seek to make the Word of God more understandable in an age that is unfamiliar with the Bible and as growing disciples seek to discover the truth of Scripture in a skeptical culture, there is a great need for guidance in both the preaching and study of God's Word. Whether you're a pastor, a seminary student or a truth-seeking disciple, an understanding of the Bible can be made clear to you with the help of one of the most influential, in-depth and practical Bible scholars in modern history.
A man who has given his life to a deep examination of the Word of God, Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe is an internationally known Bible teacher, former pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago and the author of more than 150 books. For over thirty years, millions have come to rely on the timeless wisdom of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's "Be" Commentary series. Dr. Wiersbe's commentary and insights on Scripture have helped readers understand and apply God's Word with the goal of life transformation. Dubbed by many as the "pastor's pastor," Dr. Wiersbe skillfully weaves Scripture with historical explanations and thought-provoking questions, communicating the Word in such a way that the masses grasp its relevance for today.
Easily accessible for both pastors and lay people alike, Wiersbe's profound study guides can be used in personal Bible study or with a group. David C Cook's third installment of eight revised "BE" series volumes each feature updated content for today's readers, a new introduction by Ken Baugh and new study questions for each chapter. The 2009 expanded Bible commentaries will include the following studies:
· Be Diligent (A Study of Matthew) encourages us to follow Christ's example and actively serve others and God. (ISBN: 978-1-4347-6631-1/176 pages/softcover/$[...]/January 2010)
· Be Wise (A Study of 1 Corinthians) explores 1 Corinthians, Paul's practical guide to seeking Godly wisdom. (ISBN: 978-1-4347-6636-6/192 pages/softcover/$[...]/March 2010)
· Be Authentic (A Study of Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph) shares how we can pursue authentic relationships with others and God. (ISBN: 978-1-4347-6630-4/192 pages/softcover/$[...]/January 2010)
· Be Basic (A Study of Genesis) gives fundamental truths from the book of Genesis on relationships, faith, sin and spiritual fulfillment. (ISBN: 978-1-4347-6635-9/176 pages/softcover/$[...]/January 2010)
· Be Obedient (A Study of Abraham) explores the remarkable life of Abraham and shows how we too can be obedient through faith. (ISBN: 978-1-4347-6632-8/160 pages/softcover/$[...]/January 2010)
· Be Strong (A Study of Joshua) shares the need for strong believers of purpose, while encouraging us to lead victorious lives. (ISBN: 978-1-4347-6637-3/176 pages/softcover/$[...]/March 2010)
· Be Decisive (A Study of Jeremiah) powerful insights for making the decisive, powerful choice to live by God's absolute truth and values. (ISBN: 978-1-4347-6634-2/204 pages/softcover/$[...]/March 2010)
· Be Encouraged (A Study of 2 Corinthians) is a lively commentary that will help you be encouraged no matter what challenges come your way. (ISBN: 978-1-4347-6633-5/176 pages/softcover/$[...]/March 2010)
Acclaimed worldwide as a pastoral resource for international leaders, the "BE" series will soon include companion study guides--the Wiersbe Bible Study Series--with each study guide correlating with the appropriate "BE" book. David C Cook plans to release additional editions of the series over the next few years.
The "BE" Series by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe
David C Cook/January and March 2010
This review copy was provided courtesy of David C. Cook.
"Be Authentic: Exhibiting Real Faith In The Real World" is a wonderful resource in this series. There are valuable lessons within the pages of this incredible work of non-fiction that will inspire and grow the faith of the reader. This brilliantly engaging and informative book deals with Genesis 25-50, some of my favorite Old Testament reading. I cannot wait to use this book in my next in-depth study of those passages.
Warren Wiersbe tears apart the scripture and provides information that aids in your biblical understanding. Then he provides GREAT discussion questions that make you think about what you've read and how to be an authentic doer of the Word. In an age when false teachers our abundant, it is refreshing to find teaching that is biblical and applicable. Great book, worth the money.