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The Lie by Ken Ham

The LieHam, Ken.  The Lie: Evolution/ Millions of Years.  25th Anniversary Edition.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2012.  220 pp.  $13.99.  Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for less.

Introduction

Ken Ham needs no introduction here at Christian Book Notes.  I have reviewed over a dozen of his works as well as having interviewed him for my friend Tony Kummer at Ministry-to-Children.com a few years ago.  The Lie can be said in one sense to be the launching point for Ken Ham and the ministry the Lord has granted him.  It was first published in 1987 and served as a warning shot about the compromising of the book of Genesis and the consequent undermining of Scripture as a whole.  Twenty-five years later, the work has been revised and updated.

Summary

Divided into eleven chapters, Ham begins with the attack on the Christian faith rooted in human secularism.  He challenges the prevailing ideology of evolution and offers a biblical view of origins.  In chapter four, he cuts to the chase so to speak and offers the reason why so many want to deny a literal 6-day creation.  In so doing, he argues, this leads to an erosion of biblical foundations.  As he progresses through this work, he offers practical advice to those who will listen and pleads with the pastors to understand the importance of a literal Genesis.  He concludes with a sermon from 2 Peter 3 that warns against a denial God as Creator.

Review

On one hand, not much has changed in 25 years.  On the other hand, the situation has become more dire.  Ken Ham points to both of these as why the necessity remains to preach and believe in a literal six, twenty-four hour day creation.  Now, twenty-five years later, Ken has the ability to see what he wrote and what has transpired in the church since.  Without saying ‘I told you so”, Ken is able to say “I told you so.”  In essence, while the Southern Baptist Convention had fought and won the battle over inerrancy in the late 70’s and 80’s, Ham ably shows how not taking Genesis as literal history has eroded a belief in an inerrant Bible.

Recommendation

His words need to be read and heeded now more than when he first wrote them in 1987.  To quote another theologian, “a half lie is a whole truth.”  Ham shows that in this book, The Lie.  I recommend this work to all believers including those who do not believe in a literal 6-day creation.  Ham’s work is both logical, concise and consistent with the rest of Scripture.

The True Account of Adam and Eve by Ken Ham, Illustrated by Bill Looney

Ham, Ken.  Illustrated by Bill Looney.  The True Account of Adam and Eve.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2012.  60pp.  $15.99.  Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction

Ken Ham needs no introduction.  You either love him and the ministry given to him by God or you don’t.  Sadly, that is the way defending the importance of Scripture goes these days.  I have reviewed a number of Ken Ham resources and you can read those here.  This particular resource was written to “instruct readers about the historical account of the first two people, Adam and Eve, and to teach them to think with a Christian worldview…rooted in the Bible.”  Mission accomplished.

Summary

The book begins oddly enough with an account of the biblical view of Creation mixed with an apologetic for a non-evolutionary understanding of how humans and this universe came into existence.  Also, Ham offers an apologetic for the biblical understanding of marriage between one man and one woman.  Afterward, we see how Adam and Eve disobeyed God and committed the first sin.  The rest of the book shows how that one sinful act has decimated the world as it was then to what it is now.  On most every page, the hope of Christ is offered and the Christian worldview is proclaimed as a holistic worldview that should never be compartmentalized.

Review

First, let me say that I am biased at this point.  Ken Ham’s ministry has been extremely influential in my life and ministry.  I have moved from a non-thinking (let me be honest) old earth theistic evolutionist (I had to keep god in there somewhere!) to a critical thinking young earth creationist.  That is not to say that I am correct (though I believe I am) but it is to say that I have found that a young earth creationist understanding of Gen. 1 is the only way I can maintain consistency with the rest of my theology.

Ok, now that that is said, I really enjoyed this work.  Ken wrote it in such a way that he shows the importance and necessity of maintaining a Christian worldview in all areas of one’s faith. Furthermore, Bill Looney’s illustrations are top notch and would make great posters for your child’s bedroom.  He has illustrated one other book with Ken Ham that I have reviewed.  His illustrations are visually stimulating and extremely thought provoking.

The work as a whole is well written and developed.  It offers an excellent introduction to your children about the historicity of the account we read in Genesis 1-3 and beyond.  I liked the most that this book shows how much the fall of man has affected the world today and offers real reasons (and solutions) to the problems we see on our nightly news casts.

Recommendation

As with all of Ken’s books, I highly recommend this resource.  For what it’s worth, this may be one of his finest books to date for children.  This is more because an adult will find it interesting and it may perhaps even strike up a conversation that could lead to a paradigm shift in one’s thinking or even better…an opportunity to share the gospel and lead someone to salvation in Christ.

How Do We Know the Bible is True? Vol. 2 Edited by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge

How Do We Know the Bible is True? Volume 2. Edited by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge. Green Forest: Master Leaf Books, 2012. $14.99. Purchase at Amazon for less

Introduction/Summary

Ham and Hodge are back defending the authority and authenticity of Scripture.  There first book, How Do We Know the Bible is True, Volume 1 was released in 2011.  You can read my review of that work here.  Whereas in the first book, the editors dealt primarily with Scriptural questions, this second volume looks more questions stemming from scientific, political, and ethical questions aimed at the Christian faith intermingled with questions directed at the Bible itself.  This approach offers a more well-rounded apologetic to Christianity as a whole and not just the Bibleper se.

For example, the first question asked and answered is “Why are young people walking away from our churches?”  They next look at why many Christian colleges are shifting to a secular paradigm and exploring the trustworthiness of the Jesus Seminar.

They also engage the reader in the radiocarbon dating conversation and even the Shroud of Turin.  A few of the other discussions include whether or not Noah’s Ark has been found and what should we make of the so-called “missing” books of the Old and New Testament.

Review

At first glance, given the questions dealt with in this second volume, one might think that the editors and contributors are leaving Scripture all together.  That being said, however, I do not believe this to be the case.  What these men of God are attempting to show is that we, as a culture, have left the Scriptures all together and they are now explaining both implicitly and explicitly what we have to deal with as Bible-believing Christians (are there truly any other “kind” of Christian?).

In other words, we now have to deal with a sort of pre-apologetic before we can actually jump into Christian apologetics and often times even the Gospel presentation.  This is why we have to wrestle with a question on Atlantis (ch. 25).  Fortunately, Ham and Hodge answer why there is a need for apologetics (ch. 6) and conclude the book with a couple  of chapters on evangelism (ch. 18 and 30).

The chapters are short and to the point and offer many cited resources for further development of their thoughts and for the education and equipping of the saints.

Recommendation

As with the first volume, I recommend How Do We Know the Bible is True, Vol. 2 to all Christians.  This particular volume, however, takes a different approach in that it wrestles with the conclusions that many have arrived at after doubting the Christian faith for so many years.  I hope they continue to develop this series thus bringing together a look at what it means to wholly believe in Christ and the Scriptures and what it looks like if we do not.

Answers Book 4 Teens Vol. 2 by Hodge, Mitchell and Ham

Hodge, Bodie, Tommy Mitchell, and Ken Ham.  Answers Book 4 Teens, Vol. 2 – Your Questions, God’s Answers.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2012.  96 pp.  $14.99.  Purchase at Masterbooks.

Introduction

The boys are back and, as they did the last time, they have sought to allow the Scriptures to answer some of the toughest questions teens are asking today. You can read my review of Answer Book 4 Teens Vol. 1 here.  Otherwise, you can check out this introductory video put together by the team at Master Books.

Summary

Hodge and Mitchell (with contributions from Ken Ham) look at another 15 questions that are being asked everyday in schools, homes, and church groups.  Instead of offering their own answers, they let the inerrant Bible give the answer.  The questions range from creation in six days to cavemen and unicorns to slavery.  Along the way, they offer insight into what it means to “go through the motions” of Christianity and the need for true salvation as well as answering the all important question asked by most high school students– What about going to college?

Each chapter is roughly six pages long full of charts and graphs and, most importantly, biblical insight into each subject.

Review

Once again, I believe the MasterBooks team has struck gold.  While their answers, if you have read many of the works being published by MasterBooks and New Leaf Press, may seem rote, suffice it to say that they are not. Unless, that is, you believe the Bible to be rote!  I appreciated the tenderness in which they answered more difficult questions like college and slavery.  Even more, there final question on saving faith is more than a necessary conclusion to this resource as there are many youth (and adults!) whose faith is in something aside from Christ.

While one will not necessarily agree with everything that is written, the reality is the argument is not with the men who wrote this book.  Rather, it is primarily with the Word of God.  Yes, there are areas in which we can agree to disagree, but those areas must be understood as having major ramifications for the essentials of the faith.  Obviously, no one is 100% correct on every issue, but the views must be weighed in light of the inerrant Word of God which, in my estimation, Hodge, Mitchell and Ham do just that.

Recommendation

As the video above stated, this is a great resource for small groups, youth groups, personal study and/or family devotions.  Aside from that, this is also a great resource to help equip any one in the faith to “always be prepared to give an answer for the hope within.”  I highly recommend this resource for anyone who calls on the name of Christ as Lord and Savior.

Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Vol. 2 Edited by Ham, Hodge, and Chaffey

Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Volume 2: Exploring Forty Alleged Contradictions.  Edited by Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge, and Tim Chaffey.  Green Forest:  Master Books, 2012.  174 pp.  $12.99.  Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction

We know that person who says that the Bible cannot be true because it is full of contradictions.  When pressed, however, many are often unable to offer any real legitimate apparent (Important word here) contradiction.  When they do offer one, the believer is sometimes caught off guard.  Instead of fumbling for an answer, let them know that you will look into it and get back with them.  Where will you look?  Where can you go for a quick and ready resource that offers simple answers to some of the apparent contradictions found in Scripture.

Thankfully, Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge, and Tim Chaffey have edited a second volume to their popular Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions series.  (You can get the first volume here.)

Summary

This resource deals with 40 supposed contradictions in the Bible.  The editors have arranged them canonical order so that they are a bit easier to find.  They introduce the work with a chapter explaining that a good defense against these charges is to have a good offense.  If you can keep the skeptic off balance then you do not allow him (or her) to string together their pearls of contradictions leaving the believer feeling foolish and doubting.

Review

Fortunately, the contributors and editors do not get so dogmatic as to say that there are not apparent issues with the different accounts of the same historical events or that God seems to be one way in text and another (often completely opposite) in another text.  What they all do extremely well is work from the foundation of 2 Tim. 3:16 and give credence to the inerrancy of Scripture.  This is once again an essential discussion that has to take place in the church today.

I appreciated how they drove home the point that context is everything and that the Bible is truly the Word of God without error.  In so doing they lay the foundation of submission to Scripture and a humility in approaching the Word of God that is needed by so many today.

Recommendation

It is a beautiful thing to be able to pick up a book that reinforces THE BOOK.  I am grateful for New Leaf Publishing and the ministry of Ken Ham et al.  While I personally do not always agree with everything that is said or written, I have always benefited deeply from these resources.  Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Vol. 2 is certainly one of those that needs to be on the shelves of all Christians who deal with unbelievers and skeptics.  Even more, you may find that some of your own questions will be answered through reading this book.

A is for Adam by Ken & Mally Ham

Ham, Ken and Mally.  Illustrated by Jeff Albrecht.  A is for Adam: The Gospel from Genesis.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2011.  77 pp.  $16.99.  Purchase at Amazon for $11.42.

Introduction

At this point, Master Books and New Leaf Publishing no longer needs to be introduced.  Ken Ham is in the same boat.  Ken is the founder of Answers In Genesis–a ministry dedicated to reclaiming the authority of Scripture especially the foundation of the Bible in Genesis 1.  You can read other reviews I have written of Ken’s books here.

Summary

A is for Adam is a spiral bound tent-book designed for homeschooling families and/or the classroom.  On one side of the book (the side facing the child) there is a vibrant colorful picture with a few lines for the child to see.  On the back page (the side facing the parent or teacher) is a lesson plan.  There is a “let’s read” highlighted in yellow that allows the parent to read what is before the child.  The next point is “The Starting Point.”  This gets the lesson rolling.

“Bible Bits” offers some bullet points to offer discussion topics for the instructor.  “Let’s Talk” further enforces the lesson plan and is set up such that the child has to respond which is great for discussion and knowing if the child is understanding what is being taught.  “Always Remember” drives home the important lesson for that particular letter and is a key component to the gospel message being shared with the child.

“Visual Vocabulary” offers some interaction with the picture itself while the “Stuff to Do” section gives more critical thinking and interaction.  The “Quick Review” helps to ensure the child has comprehended the lesson for the particular letter.

At the back of the book are further notes for each letter.  These are best read before the lesson and will help to give the teacher the overview of the discussion and the lesson.

The final element of this resource that is extremely helpful are the free coloring pages one can download.  These can be used as take home pages or to keep small hands busy.

Review

This tool is one of the best put together resources for homeschooling, Sunday School, and even the standard classroom I have come across in some time.  In essence, you have a 26-lesson book completely prepared for your use.  You do not necessarily need to prepare longer than it takes to read the notes in the back of the book before each lesson.  Everything is spelled out on the instructor’s side of the resource.

The vividly colored drawings by Jeff Albrecht are top notch and will keep the child’s interest long enough to be able to get the lesson in without much concern of losing them.  What is best, and is to be expected with Ken Ham (thankfully!), is that the child (and possibly the parent) are being introduced to a biblical theology with the gospel being found (and rooted) in Genesis.

My wife literally started using this resource right out of the package with our 3 and 2 year old during their “letter time” during the school day.  That is how easy it is to use.

Recommendation

Yes, I have recommended everything from New Leaf Publishing very highly.  This resource is no different except that if you are teaching the alphabet to your children or you have smaller children still completely learning their ABC’s, you will find this tool to be invaluable.  Trust me.  I recommend this resource to all parents with small children, homeschooling or not.  Also, to all children’s ministers, you will want to make this resource available to your teachers in your department.

Answers Book for Teens by Hodge and Mitchell with Ham

Hodge, Bodie and Tommy Mitchell with Ken Ham.  Answers Book for Teens: Your Questions God’s Answers.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2011.  96 pp.  $14.99.  Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction/Summary

New Leaf Publishers is back again with yet another quality resource.  This time, the work is geared toward teenagers with legitimate questions about life, faith, and why truth matters.

Ken Ham offers some assistance but largely steps back to allow Bodie Hodge and Tommy Mitchell to gain traction as a voice for the defense of the Christian faith.  You can read more and check out a free preview of this work here.

This resource is organized by fifteen questions pointing toward one answer–faith in Christ.  They begin with a list of definitions of a few words that will be used throughout discussion in the book.  After defining these terms, they embark on a fact-filled Q & A aimed at answering some of the toughest (and most common) questions teens have (especially those in youth group).  The book is full of colorful illustrations and pictures designed to give an edgy look to the book.

Review

The questions asked (and answered) in Answers Book for Teens are very common questions that often catch a parent or youth pastor or Christian off guard.  The answers are more than introductory but not so comprehensive as to leave the reader feeling as though they are drinking from a fire hydrant.

I personally found the graphics to be a bit distracting (am I showing my age?).  They seemed at points to distract from the material being discussed.  I can, however, understand the reasoning for the these graphics even if I do not necessarily agree.  The glossy pages do not allow the reader to write in the margins without running the risk of smearing the ink but does make for a very nice resource to add to a church’s library, a youth group or even a home school group.

Recommendation

Once again New Leaf has published a quality resource that would be most useful in defending the faith to a skeptical generation.  Perhaps another effect of this resource would be to get it into the hands of a youth pastor or parent wanting to be able to biblically answer legitimate questions and finding that they were misinformed themselves!  I recommend this resource to youth pastors, parents, and Christians who may be asked some tough questions about your faith.

How Do We Know the Bible is True? edited by Ken Ham & Bodie Hodge

 How Do We Know the Bible is True? Volume 1.  Edited by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge.  Green Forest: Master Leaf Books, 2011.  $14.99.  Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction

Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge are back with an excellent resource that seeks to answer some of the toughest questions by critics of the Bible.  Master Books has done an excellent job recently in the field of apologetics and this resource is yet another example.

Powerful biblical insights are soundly presented by more than a dozen respected defenders of the faith, including Ken Ham, John MacArthur, Terry Mortenson, Jason Lisle, Brian Edwards, Tommy Mitchell, Jobe Martin, Georgia Purdom, Bodie Hodge, and Roger Patterson.

Summary

With 28 chapters, How Do We Know offers in depth introductory answers to some of the more common though critical questions of the faith; specifically, of the Bible.  Some of the questions answered include:

  • Is the Bible totally without error?
  • Did the resurrection really happen?
  • How do we know that the 66 books of the Bible are from God?
  • Does the Bible contradict itself?
  • How were people saved before Jesus came?
  • What is the purpose and meaning of life?
  • Did miracles really happen?
  • Was Genesis derived from ancient myths?
  • How should we interpret the Bible; should Genesis be literal?
  • Do you have to believe in a young earth to be saved?

Each chapter is roughly 10 pages in length and offers a readable explanation for each question.

Review

How Do We Know Volume 1 is well written with both depth and clarity.  With quite a few charts and photographs, this resource offers many answers that have been made stronger by recent discoveries and academic discussions.

Unlike other apologetic works of this type, this resource has more than one voice.  With more than a dozen contributors, there are many different perspectives and backgrounds in which the subject matter is being dealt with.  Even more, the wide ranging evangelical contributors offer one common answer – the Bible is true.

I do wish the editors would have included a recommended resources section for further study.  As it is, the reader can extract from the footnotes further resources to use for their own edification.

Ultimately, I thought this resource to be well written and pleasurable to read.  Often times a work of apologetics can  come across as dry and boring.  The writers, in my estimation, brought energy and worship to the table as they sought to answer some extremely important questions of the faith.  We can only hope that volume 2 is not long in coming.

Recommendation

There are numerous resources available today that offer answers to tough questions.  What sets How Do We Know apart from the rest is the many contributors and the one common objective–you can trust the Bible.  If you are looking for a resource to engage unbelievers and skeptics of the faith, you would do well to begin here.  This book will make a great gift for the young Christian headed off to college as well as being a resource that would be used often, if not regularly, in your own library.

 

Big Book of History by Master Books

The Big Book of History.  Edited by Laura Welch, Bodie Hodge, and Ken Ham.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2011.  15 feet! $19.99.  Purchase at Amazon for $13.59.

Introduction/Summary

The following video will produced by Master Books will give you an introduction and summary of this massive time line.

For more information, check out the Big Book of History webpage.

Review

This was a hard resource to review – I had to pry it out of the hands of both my wife and my older children.  This review is for the bound version though there is an unbound version available that can be mounted on the wall of a classroom.  Both stretch 15 feet long!

The color coding of the events in history help to keep everything in perspective.  For example, the yellow shows Bible and Christian history while the orange shows various world eventsThe green offers inventions and technology and the red gives the dates for civilizations and empires.  There are arrows of like color pointing to a more in depth description of the events discussed.

I was somewhat intrigued to find that they dated the beginning of the world to 4004 B.C. only because that is a disputed date though it is also acceptable as it was the date Bishop James Ussher came to when he calculated the genealogies.  I guess I would have like to see a note about that more than anything else.  To be honest, I have come to the personal conviction that if Ussher was wrong, it wasn’t by much!

The colorful pictures help to bring the historical events to life while the descriptions are age appropriate and will lead the child (and parent?) to do a bit of research themselves.  Obviously, the closer to the present day the timeline is, the more information there is included.  For example, the first 4,000 years only comprise 8 panels while the last 2,000 comprise the last 13.  There is something in this resource for children and adults.

Recommendation

Though it is for children ages 7-12, I recommend this resource to any homeschooling family or anyone in general who enjoys history.  The ability to look up a biblical event and see what else was going on in history at that time is both cool and amazing.  It really helps to put into perspective that history really is His Story.  This is a fun resource that will be used for years.  Don’t forget, you can also get the unbound version that is perfect for hanging on your wall.

Begin edited by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge

Begin: A Journey Through Scriptures for Seekers and New Believers.  Edited by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2011.  $12.99.  Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction

Ken Ham is the founder of Answers In Genesis–a ministry dedicated to reclaiming the authority of Scripture especially the foundation of the Bible in Genesis 1. .  You can read other reviews I have written of Ken’s books here.

Bodie Hodge graduated from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale (90 minutes from my house) where he received a B.S and an M.S. in mechanical engineering.  He now serves as a speaker, writer, and researcher for Answers in Genesis and is a co-author of Dragons: Legend & Lore of Dinosaurs.  You can read the review of that resource here.

Summary

Extracting passages and books from the English Standard Version Bible, Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge have compiled five important sections to provide a new believer with a decent biblical theology.  Beginning in Genesis 1-11 as the foundation for all of the Bible, they move to Exodus 20 where the Lord gives to Moses the 10 Commandments.

After an extremely brief history from Exodus 20 to Matthew 1 (3 pages!), they introduce the life of Christ through the lens of the Gospel of John.  They next offer 2 page overview of basically the book of Acts and then divide the book of Romans into three parts.  They conclude with another 2 page overview of the rest of the epistles in the New Testament and then give us Revelation 21 and 22.

The final “section” is an explanation of what it means to be saved coupled with an exhortation to boldly proclaim a biblical worldview.  Here they equip the reader/student with 10 basics of the faith (including a literal understanding of Genesis 1).  The final chapter looks at the inerrancy and authority of Scripture as they answer the charge that the Bible was written by man.

Review

As with any resource Ken Ham has  a hand in, you will be given a steady dose of why the foundation of the entire Bible is rooted in a literal understanding of Genesis 1.  Thankfully, Begin is no different.  Each section offers ample space to write out thoughts as well as interact with questions liberally sprinkled throughout.

The editors allow the Bible to speak for itself while offering a guide to show how the New Testament fulfills the Old while the Old is the foundation for the New.  I would have liked, however, to see a few more selections from the Old Testament such as the covenants with Abraham and David as they are essential to our understanding of why Jesus Christ did come (to fulfill the Law and the Prophets and for God to keep His covenant promises).  Nonetheless, the editors achieved their goal of providing an introductory study to biblical theology rooted in Scripture.

Recommendation

Begin is a wonderful resource for your new believer’s/members class at your local church.  It can be for personal study or group study.  It can be used devotionally or in a homeschool setting.  It deserves our attention and consideration as a viable apologetic for the new believer or the one who has questions about the Christian faith in general.