The Berean and the Goldfish by Stephen James analyzes and clarifies several important topics of truth from the Word of God. In 2 Timothy 2:15 we read, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” This book is for truth seekers who want to know and enjoy more of God’s Word. The author points out that many teachings presented today from the pulpit are watered down, for itching ears and although the book can be controversial, the author encourages readers to seek a Berean spirit to search the matter out. Bereans were known to have lived in ancient Greece, in the town of Berea. They were known as ones who “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether these things are so” – Acts 17:10-11.
In this same spirit, keeping also in mind that God’s Word is the source of truth, the author has written a book so that reader may have enough knowledge of Scripture to search the matter out, discovering truth for themselves. This author has written an extensive book with 388 pages clarifying such subjects as: life with and without the Gospel, evidence of the resurrection, faith versus works, a church audit, the role of the law, the Trinity, the Lamb of God, seven letters to seven churches, our national heritage, national sins and consequence, the soul and being born-again, life and death, and the doctrine of “sleep”. In addition, this work covers prophecies about Jesus – fulfilled, the names of God, U.S. cities with Bible names, God’s instruction manual for people, roots, and understanding “Israel”.
All of these teachings are rich in Scripture and built with solid scriptural application. One can learn a great deal from this book that came from careful biblical studies that began over 30 years ago. In writing this book the author hopes eyes will be opened, hearts will be softened to the truth of God’s Word, giving light for the day that we live in, if even we are still as goldfish in a goldfish bowl – only understanding what we are capable of understanding on this Earth – thus the explanation for the title.
This is a great read for those who desire truth in the inner man and a deeper understanding of the Word, Jesus, the hope of our salvation and God Himself. Refreshing, encouraging and filled with Scripture, reading this book leads to the discovery that the only important and relevant pursuit is the pursuit of God, godliness and understanding from the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Highly recommended!