by Sally Matheny
|This Dangerous Book|
“Research shows over 80 percent of Americans own a hard copy of the Bible. More than half of agnostics and skeptics own a Bible.
But have you ever asked, ‘What is this book, really?’”
-This Dangerous Book
-This Dangerous Book
The release of THIS DANGEROUS BOOK coincides with the opening of the Museum of the Bible located in Washington D.C. Steve and Jackie Green, the founding family of the museum, co-authored this book with Bill High.
It’s a book about three journeys—that of the Bible, the Green’s, and the Museum of the Bible.
The Greens interweave vignettes of their own faith journey while sharing fascinating information about the Bible and the effect it has had on people throughout history. They are transparent about their Christian faith in the book, yet they have chosen not to proselytize within the museum.
“We would not promote our faith but could present the facts.”
No doubt, some people will say there’s not enough of Jesus represented at the museum, while others will say there’s too much.
“Yet throughout the process, we’ve continued to pursue a factual presentation of the Bible…I know that we won’t satisfy everyone. There will still be critics who will challenge our methods and motives…Like it or not, the Bible simply cannot be ignored.”
The mission of the museum is to “invite all people to engage with the history, impact, and narrative of the Bible. It is the largest museum in the world “devoted solely to the presentation and the preservation of the Bible.”
THIS DANGEROUS BOOK opens with almost twenty endorsements from folks such as Lee Strobel, Dr. David Jeremiah, and Korie Robertson. After a foreword by Rick Warren, the book contains five parts:
Part 1: The Story Begins
Part 2: The Book
Part 3: Collecting Secrets
Part 4: Appeal to Heaven
Part 5: To the Ends of the Earth
Each part contains three to four chapters. Each chapter opens with three or four quotations—some from the Bible, some from people since the Bible’s publication. Most are from Christians but a few are not, such as the one from the fictional Huckleberry Finn.