He helps us understand three types of death we can experience as he brilliantly unpacks the story of creation and the fall of man in his book, Who Told You that you were Naked? That profound question asked by God in the Garden of Eden is the theme for the whole book. Nakedness is a thought-provoking state of being, feeling and expression with about one hundred synonyms. Through Adam and Eve’s nakedness we learn about relationships. We discover what God intended for a marriage relationship to be as well as our personal relationship with Him.
The setting is the Garden of Eden approximately four thousand years before the birth of Christ. Adam and Eve are alone in the pristine environment God made for them. They commune with God as easily and freely as we speak to our parents. Their existence is nothing short of bliss until sin rears its ugly head and “Adam’s choice made us all slaves to sin.” Thankfully the story doesn’t stop there; Adam’s choice “...also revealed the enormous magnitude of God’s grace in redeeming us through faith.”
Every claim the author makes is backed up with pertinent scripture from the bible. The thoughtful addition of his entertaining personal stories enhances what might otherwise be regarded as strictly an academic theological adventure. He describes what his life was like as a young man growing up in the harsh climate of Alaska (out-house and all) and his acquaintance with religion. He tells how he met his wife, Miriam, and about their amazing spirit-filled journey. On more than several occasions they battled with the devil.
This retired minister’s retelling of the story of creation is intriguing. We learn how sin entered our once pristine world and its effect on all our relationships as well as the quality and duration of our life. At the end of each chapter there is an opportunity for review with hearty group discussion questions to further delve into the subject of sin and God’s plan for us.
I enjoyed this non-fiction book tremendously. It’s a masterful presentation of the spiritual realm. In a world where we are constantly barraged with negative messages, Who Told You That You Were Naked? is a welcome respite. The meaningful message of hope it carries is a gift for any discerning reader. My only criticism of this book is the lack-luster cover; I passed it by at least ten times before finally choosing to read it. Cover aside, I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.