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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Into His Presence, Volume 1: Encountering the God of the Patriarchs by Napoleon Burt is a non-fiction Christian book that elaborates on the documented biblical accounts of patriarchs like Adam, Noah, and Abraham, just for starters, placing them along a historical timeline to show how they interacted with it, the influence they had on it, and the influence God had on them and these events. If you like studying the Bible, or even if it's new to you, you'll find this an intriguing book to dive into. This author can help guide you through some of the famous names and events you've heard of in the Old Testament, but may not understand. You can think of it as a history book, a study aid for the Bible, and a spiritual magnet to pull you closer to God.
I like the author's inspired approach to reading about biblical patriarchs, and the way he explains how God showed up in the lives of each one, using them to carry out His will, and also the interactions they had with Him. I also like that he hopes to draw readers into a closer relationship with God through this work. As you read, you may find that you have more in common with Moses and David than you thought you did. Each patriarch was an individual--a human with strengths and flaws like the rest of us--chosen to carry out His plan for each of them, and for the world, in the person of Jesus Christ. For example, David was called a man "after His own heart", and he indeed did mighty things for the Lord, with His strength and guidance, but he was a great sinner as well, having one of his soldiers killed in order to take his wife.
One of the strong points of this book--and there are many--is that it is told in dramatized form as well as textbook form, and could be used both ways. This makes for very enjoyable reading. Some think the Bible is a stuffy book no one can understand, but it's alive today, and relevant today. It just takes a book like Into His Presence, Volume 1: Encountering the God of the Patriarchs by Napoleon Burt to show you how powerful and personal it can be.