The God of the Bible

Revised Edition: Genesis-- Isaiah (Volume I)

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
842 Pages
Reviewed on 05/11/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The God of the Bible: Revised Edition: Genesis - Isaiah is a work of non-fiction in the Christianity, religion, theology, and analytical writing subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and is penned by Rev. Leo Kuykendall as the first volume of an ongoing work. As the title suggests, this text extracts and highlights every reference to God from the Christian religion and explores these directly from the Bible as a means to connect others to God’s greatness, power, judgment, and forgiveness. In addition, it breaks down 23 books from the Old Testament to highlight specific moments of God and Christ.

Exploring Biblical history, stories, and interpretations of God is a subject that requires passion and commitment, and it’s clear that Rev. Leo Kuykendall has plenty in this dedicated and devoted work. I was impressed by the organization and accessibility as I feel that non-Christians and those less familiar with the Bible will be able to access and understand this approach well and learn more about religion. It is long but easy to read because of the layout of each specific quotation, and it gives an overview of how the different Biblical books perceive and describe God to help the audience get down to the details fast. I found the evidence of Jesus as the Messiah to be especially interesting, seeing it broken down in an analytical and well-organized form. Overall, The God of the Bible is an engaging and easy-to-read work of religious references. It would also serve as a valuable guidebook for others seeking specific moments to refer to in their devotional writing.

Joseph Bulimo

The God of the Bible: Vol. 1 by Rev. Leo Kuykendall is a book of philosophical religion attributing God's greatness in all things. As a Christian narrative, it appraises Jesus Christ, his teachings, and his values. The first segment references the book of Genesis, where Kuykendall indicates the first prophecy of Christ in the Bible. Next, it considers all the events in the books of Genesis through Isaiah. Here, Kuykendall portrays God as existential. He exists in us just as we live in Him. This is prevalent in the story of Abraham and Isaac. I suggest you grab a copy of this book to gain a deeper understanding of this concept!

Uniquely written as a script, The God of the Bible was a new approach for me. Nevertheless, I went through each segment easily. I like the message shared. It's uplifting and inspirational. It questions the role of God and His fulfilling purpose. We get to understand Him from a different perspective. Each segment contains a note and a notice from Rev. Leo Kuykendall. Fearing God is believing in Him. This notion is widely used in the context. Each book of the Bible has a different interpretation of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Through this approach, I was able to grasp what was unfolding. I'd highly recommend it to Christian followers willing to learn more about the Bible in greater depth.

Asher Syed

The God of the Bible, Revised Edition: Genesis-- Isaiah (Volume I) by Reverend Leo Kuykendall is a religious study guide with the aim of showing readers all the times in the Bible that the word God is used. The work is not literal to only the word 'God' and also accounts for all the ways God would be intimated in any context, whether expressed directly or implied. Broken down by books of the Bible, Reverend Kuykendall specifies the line and page where the attribution can be found in the King James version. This is the version of the Bible that the author believes is the only authentic translation of biblical text. Before the fine points of where to find God in the Bible are indicated the author gives a near encyclopedic number of additional fact-finding that includes, but is by no means limited to, the names of Christ, why Christ is worthy of following, pronunciations, and interspersed notes and explanations of scripture deemed necessary.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a Christian. I'm sure a lot of readers might think that this makes me unqualified to have an opinion of the book but, on the contrary, I believe this gives me an objective advantage when reading The God of the Bible by Reverend Leo Kuykendall. I picked up this book with a clean slate, no preconceived notions, and nothing in my mind that would bias me against the work the author has done in putting it together. In short, I think that Kuykendall has drafted a text that is worthy of publication within the world of academia, something far greater than a recommendation for Christian readers on their own. The reality of The God of the Bible is that in its adroit collocating, it advances above traditional Christian literature and is exactly the source material embraced by scholars, academics, and theological studies at the highest levels. This alone makes it more than just accessible to the secular and non-Christian world but places it in a textbook-worthy catalog that is woefully short because Reverend Kuykendall is wholly consistent on the facts and eschews injecting personal interpretations. This is likely to be a very different review than what Christian readers are expecting. However, it is meant to prove that Reverend Kuykendall's hard work can be valued by even the most skeptical readers. Really incredible.

Jamie Michele

The God of the Bible: Genesis – Isaiah by Reverend Leo Kuykendall is a remarkably thorough theological study of the times that, according to the King James Bible, God's name and all its variants and pronouns are written and referred to in their entirety, and is the first volume of Rev Kuykendall's revised edition. The sheer scope of the work by reference alone is striking, but Rev Kuykendall takes the study many strides deeper to include His names that expand into forms some might not immediately recognize, as well as those of Christ, the Holy Spirit, and Angels. He marks the exact scriptural line that embodies God's name and provides both the context where necessary in parenthesis and codifies with symbols. In light of all this, I am brought back on my own to Psalm 52:9 when I witness in such dedication the uplifting of God's name wherein it proclaims, “I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.”

The God of the Bible by Reverend Leo Kuykendall is a work that I am still in awe of, and still attempting to absorb in its entirety. It will take me incalculable days, weeks, and months to re-read for cross-reference and it has been bound and handed to me in one beautiful volume. This naturally leads to the question—how long did it take Rev Kuykendall? He's been a pastor since the 1960s and it's not surprising, but even the most dedicated men make choices not to encumber themselves with such exhaustive, expert work. The difference between what I know of Rev Kuykendall based on this work and what I do not know about any other boils down to one word: patience. Committing oneself to something of this magnitude is a trial of faith but we are told in no uncertain terms in James I 1:3, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” An absolute treasure of a resource. Very highly recommended.

Philip Van Heusen

If you enjoy reading the Bible, you will love this book. Rev. Leo Kuykendall wrote The God of the Bible Revised Edition: Genesis-Isaiah (Volume I) which features many verses from the Bible. He includes every verse where God and the Lord are mentioned. He acknowledges that preachers, teachers, and students will benefit the most from this work. Brother Leo begins with Genesis and goes through to the book of Isaiah, listing references that give a description or characteristic of God. Occasionally, he will add a note of clarification to aid in our understanding of the verse. Brother Leo then arranges the list according to the books of the Bible, giving all the verses and recording how many times that the name occurred in each particular book.

The God of the Bible by Rev. Leo Kuykendall is a collection of all the biblical verses that mention God, or a pronoun that refers to Him. Not much can be said about Brother Leo’s writing style because the vast majority of the text is repeated from the King James Version of the Bible. A concordance like Strong’s will give you all this information and more. Unfortunately, this book does not include an index to help you find where God’s various names and attributes are used. However, if you love God and the Bible, you will enjoy browsing through this book. The few comments Brother Leo makes are beneficial, but as there is no index, you have to read through all the pages to view them.