New Insights into New Beginnings
"Praying Through Genesis" is number eight in the series “Praying Though the Scriptures. " Dr. Elmer Towns, award winning author has translated the book of Genesis into a paraphrase using idea for idea and then transliterated it into prayers. It is his hope that the reader will discover the significance of the Bible for today's living as well as help them apply these scriptural truths through this series.
The book uses a creative background story form to introduce the divine message of God's plan for man. Town has created a unique form of praying the scriptures and I soon found myself looking forward to the “my time to pray" section at the end of each chapter.
The prayers are soul searching, reflective and deeply moving. They express genuine expressions of personal devotion and response. The background stories of Esau and Jacob as Esau sold his birthright and the story of Joseph's boyhood dreams based on Genesis chapter twenty five and thirty-seven took on new meaning through Town's story form narrative and dialog.
Town's has included end-notes which provide helpful insight into the traditions of Old Testament rabbis and the stories of the source of Moses’ rod, as well background information on the recording of the books attributed to Moses. Other interesting and valuable comments and background information on little know facts mentioned throughout the book of Geneses are also included.
"Praying Genesis" is a perfect resource for reading aloud during family devotional times. Elmer Towns combines a poetic style, contemporary language and dialog with a lyrical essence which is certain to be enjoyed by today's generation of modern-day Christians.
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. , 978-0768427226
As Reviewed for Midwest Book Review
Richard R. Blake, Christian Education Consultant, Book Store Owner