One of the exceptional books I read this past year was What We Believe and Why by George Koch. In this sweeping and careful account of the essentials and non-essentials of the faith, Dr. Koch lays out the foundation of what Christians believe, why they believe it, and how the Bible calls them to live with each other and the world.
The profound Jewish roots of the faith are also revealed and explained, along with the deep meaning of the Hebrew and Greek behind the words of the Old and New Testaments.
I am making this recommendation because you can now download this 300+ page book for free as an Adobe Acrobat file. To get a copy, go to…
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Dr. Koch (pronounced “coke”) is Pastor and teacher at Resurrection Anglican Church in West Chicago, IL. He is also a former Senior Vice President of Oracle Corporation, and author of a best-selling book on database design (Oracle: The Complete Reference). His articles have appeared in magazines and newspapers ranging from The Wall Street Journal to Christianity Today. His first degree is in Physics, and science is an ongoing field of interest for him. His doctoral studies focused on healing and reconciliation, and he continues to teach on these subjects.
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