Harvest House Publishing
Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz’s Bible Answers 101 promises a “user-friendly guide to life’s biggest questions,” regarding the Trinity, daily living, heaven, hell, and many other topics that affect Christians. Bickel and Jantz keep Philippians 4:13 (NIV) in mind with each answer they give, which says, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Does the book live up to its initial promise, though?
My answer is yes and no. The book is very user-friendly, as its topics are divided by chapter, and there are subject and Scripture indices provided in the back. Bible Answers 101 answers a variety of questions, from the difference between biblical liberalism and conservatism, to judgment regarding suicide, and from the beginning of the earth to the coming end times. All the questions were asked by people who contacted Bickel and Jantz by email, and many of the questions were common ones that everybody asks at one point in his or her life. If the authors didn’t know the exact answer to a question, they were quick to admit it. Some answers, they said, are too much for our human minds to handle.
I was concerned in a few of the answers given, however. Some questions included statements that were off-base biblically, and Bickel and Jantz didn’t always correct the statements. The authors also seemed to skirt around the issues in some of the questions, not fully answering the initial question. It left me, as a reader, wanting more.
All in all, read Bible Answers 101 with caution. Most of the content in it is biblically solid, and Bickel and Jantz provide Bible verses in almost every answer. There are a few parts that are questionable, as mentioned earlier. I would recommend this book for a small group, where everyone can discuss what the authors meant by their answers. Read it with a grain of salt, a Bible in one hand, and a phone in the other so you can call your pastor if questions or doubts arise. – Caitlin Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz, the coauthor team of the Christianity 101® series, have written more than 20 books exploring important beliefs and questions of the Christian faith. In response, hundreds of readers have asked them tough questions about life and living the Christian faith. Now this duo shares their answers to more than 200 of those questions including:
Readers will appreciate the authenticity and depth of the questions and the clear, biblical answers that offer substance and sustenance for the faith journey.