Hope From the Garden of Eden to The End of the Patmos Island

Christian - General
254 Pages
Reviewed on 07/22/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Hope From the Garden of Eden to The End of the Patmos Island is a work of non-fiction in the advice and guidance and biblical commentary sub-genres, and was penned by author Andrew Choi. As the work takes readers right from the opening pages of the Bible through to the very end of Revelation, the theme that drives at its heart is one of hope. Intended for modern Christian audiences to consider alongside the context of their struggles in life, this fascinating study contends with difficulties such as depression and loss of hope in modern times. What results is an uplifting book by an assured writer.

Author Andrew Choi has crafted a dedicated study to hope, faith, and God’s plan in this concise but well-stocked volume of scriptural study. Fellow Christians will certainly be able to relate to both the content choices and attitudes present in the work, and those who have perhaps struggled with their faith in recent times could certainly use this book to renew those hopes and come to a deeper understanding of many positive aspects of the Bible. I appreciated this positive focus in the narrative, and Choi writes with confidence but also possesses a friendly tone that never seems forceful or preachy. What results is a fresh and friendly look at the Bible as a whole narrative. Overall, I would certainly recommend Hope From the Garden of Eden to The End of the Patmos Island for Christian readers seeking to deepen their connection to God and his involvement in human life.

Edith Wairimu

Hope From the Garden of Eden to the End of the Patmos Island by Andrew Choi is an inspiring Christian guide that describes Jesus Christ as a reconciler between God and man. In the first chapter, the work delves into the biblical account of the origin of man in which God provided the right conditions for man’s happiness. According to Choi, even after the fall, God sought to restore mankind through His divine plan of salvation that culminated in Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross. The second chapter discusses Jesus as a sign of hope, his radical teachings, and his interpretation of the law. The third chapter instills hope in times of trials by analyzing the biblical account of Job. Other chapters discuss God’s compassion and forgiveness, hope and patience, God as a source of strength, and more.

In Hope From the Garden of Eden to the End of the Patmos Island, Andrew Choi explains the discussions by basing them on biblical accounts, personal and general experiences. The anecdotes not only made the book engaging to me, but they also served as a practical explanation of the content. The messages contained are encouraging as hope is a fundamental theme in the work, alongside the theme of God’s compassion evidenced by His divine plan of reconciling mankind to Himself. Paintings and photographs brighten the pages and explain the information contained in the text. Questions for discussions and reflection listed in each section help in recalling the messages in the book and applying them in real life. This is an uplifting work that explains the profundity of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Romuald Dzemo

Hope From the Garden of Eden to the End of the Patmos Island by Andrew Choi is a powerful biblical interpretation of the history of creation, the fall, and the redemption of humanity. The author provides a surprising exegesis of the creation story as presented in the first two chapters of Genesis, which speak of the paradise that was lost, an image that gives clear ideas of what paradise looked like. Then he explores God’s promise to restore paradise and redeem humanity in Christ. It is surprising that in the creation narrative allusions are already made about the redeemer. The author discusses the consequences of the fall, including failure, separation, sorrow, division, conflict, and death. But then, there is the powerful promise of a hope that is actualized in Jesus. Andrew Choi demonstrates that this hope is accessible to all.

In a tone that is compassionate and language that is easy to understand, Andrew Choi walks the reader from the story of creation to the revelation and succinctly portrays the role that Christ plays in the history of redemption. This book carries the powerful message that all is never lost, especially when we are stricken with evil and misfortune. There is hope in a life rooted in God, and the author clearly identifies the biblical foundations of this hope and the conditions for paradise regained. Hope From the Garden of Eden to the End of the Patmos Island is a unique discussion that focuses on God’s plan for humanity and the logic of redemption is explained in a fascinating manner. This book is inspiring and offers a fresh perspective on interpreting scriptures.

Jose Cornelio

Hope From the Garden of Eden to the End of the Patmos Island by Andrew Choi is an interesting book that draws great lessons from two important books in the Bible: the book of Genesis that opens the Bible with the creation story and the fall, and the book of Revelation that closes it with images of the end times and the ultimate destiny of humanity. In this book, the author presents the biblical narrative from the moment of creation to the fall in Genesis and demonstrates the link between the promise in Genesis and the hope of the resurrection in the revelations received by the Apostle John on the Island of Patmos. It is interesting how the author identifies the links between the two books and how, even at the time that man strayed away from God, God already had a new story of man’s redemption in mind.

Andrew Choi's book will help readers fortify their faith and gain a deeper understanding of God’s plan for creation. The author does a great job of interpreting the symbols and images featured in Genesis and the book of Revelation. The consequences of sin are deeply felt in our ordinary life and they include depression and sorrow, and other negative experiences that pull down the human spirit. The book proposes a path of walking through the painful human experience to finding hope and real life in an experience rooted in our connectedness to God. Hope From the Garden of Eden to the End of the Patmos Island defines paradise, taking inspiration from the quite often told and poorly understood story of creation. This is a deftly written book that will enrich the faith of the reader and communicate hope in an age filled with confusion and false gods.

Gobi Jane

In Hope From the Garden of Eden to the End of the Patmos Island, Andrew Choi takes the familiar story of creation and the fall of Adam and Eve and provides a fresh interpretation, allowing readers to see the mind of God and His plan to redeem humanity through Jesus. The vision captured in the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation, has a direct link to what happened in the Garden of Eden and the author allows that link to come out brilliantly in the book. In the heart of the redemption story that is actualized in Jesus, the one whose heel will be bitten by the snake and whose suffering and death bring salvation to humanity, is the story of a God who loves us in inscrutable ways. The book explores the consequences of the fall — sin, brokenness, suffering, depression, and pain — and describes God’s creation of a paradise that was lost and what it takes to regain it.

This book illustrates God’s intervention in the history of His creation and how powerful His love is for humanity. The author allows biblical texts to speak His message and establishes a unity in the texts that reflects the mind of God and His promise of salvation in the Garden of Eden. I loved the way the author interprets the complex imagery in the book of Revelation and how the role of Jesus as the savior who crushes the serpent is brilliantly described. This is a book filled with hope, one of those books that inspire faith and show readers the sure path to redemption. Hope From the Garden of Eden to the End of the Patmos Island is written for those who want to understand the concept of salvation and what they need to be saved.