I’m always on the look out for solid, biblical resources on different theological topics to discuss with my teens.
The Questions Christian Ask series from The Good Book Company is just the kind of thing I’m looking for. These little books cover common questions about our faith like: “How will the world end?”, “How can I be sure?”, and “Why did Jesus have to die?”, thoughtfully, thoroughly, and biblically.
I just finished reading through the newest title, Can I really trust the Bible? and other questions about Scripture, truth and how God speaks, by Barry Cooper. This volume discusses the Bible’s claims about itself, how the Bible is unique compared to other ways God speaks to us, the consistency of the text, how we got the canon, and more.
Here’s the publisher’s description of the book:
The Bible makes big claims for itself. But do those claims stand up?
Aren’t the stories just legends? Hasn’t the information been corrupted over time? Isn’t the Bible full of mistakes? And isn’t it culturally outdated?
In this absorbing little book, Barry Cooper explores these questions – and many others – with warmth, wit and integrity.
- Does the Bible claim to be God’s word? The world, the word, and what Jesus thought of the Bible
- Does the Bible claim to be God’s word? The word, the Word, and the rightness of writing
- Does the Bible seem to be God’s word? Consistency, conspiracies and corruptions
- Does the Bible seem to be God’s word? Canon, contradictions and criticisms
- Does the Bible prove to be God’s word? Tasting, seeing, and the sweetness of Scripture
At only 82 pages, Can I really trust the Bible? is a quick read! I read it in one sitting. It’s straightforward and concise, but still theologically rich. Complex concepts are explained simply and concisely, in a comfortable, conversational tone.
Author Barry Cooper said his goal is for his readers to “fall in love with the Bible”. The book definitely succeeds in giving readers a greater appreciation for and understanding of it, and answering common objections clearly! It’s perfect to equip new or young believers, teens, or even to give to a skeptical friend or seeker.
I’ll definitely be reading and discussing Can I really trust the Bible? with my teens, and keeping it on hand as a valuable resource in our family discipleship toolbox!
Disclosure: Thanks so much to The Good Book Company and Cross Focused Reviews for providing a review copy of this title to me. I was not required to give a positive review, and was not compensated in any way.