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Big Dummies of the Bible: And How You Can Avoid Being A Dummy Too [Paperback]

By Stephen M. Miller (Author)
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Miller reveals some shockingly dumb moves by men and women of the Bible--and teaches readers how to avoid these mistakes and the inevitable accompanying pain and heartache.

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Have you ever done something so dumb you wince at the thought of it? Well, you're not alone. The Bible is full of characters who made some shockingly dumb moves. Here are a few examples: A guy who sold his right to his family's estate for a bowl of soup. The couple who had the pleasure of having no rules, no boundaries--except one . . . a rule they decided to break anyway. The guy who fell in love with a woman who clearly was doing her best to have him killed.

In Big Dummies of the Bible, bestselling author Stephen Miller shows readers some shockingly dumb moves by men and women of the Bible. Yet thousands of years later, we're still making the same mistakes, and the results often turn out to be as grievous now as they were for these biblical characters. Miller teaches us how to avoid these mistakes and the inevitable accompanying pain and heartache.

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  • Ingram Advance - 08/01/2005 page 78

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.45" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 23, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849907705  
ISBN13  9780849907708  

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Stephen M. Miller is the bestselling author of Who's Who and Where's Where in the Bible (Retailer's Choice Award for best nonfiction book of the year), The Complete Guide to the Bible (400,000 copies sold), and many other books, which have sold over a million copies. He and his wife, Linda, live in Kansas and have two adult children.

Stephen M. Miller was born in 1952.

Stephen M. Miller has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Zondervan Visual Reference

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On Big Dummies  Feb 24, 2006
Stephen Miller's book, Big Dummies of the Bible, is an enjoyable educational experience. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of biblical characters. As the book jacket tells us, probably the most important reason we might want to read this book is for the insight it gives us into how people respond to God. I also appreciated the personal illustrations Miller included, as well as the questions at the end of each chapter.

While it's reassuring to know that the great men and women of the Bible have done dumb things too, this is more of a cautionary book. As I read Miller's retellings of these stories, I found myself reflecting on the lack of vision of some of these people--like David, who had everything anyone could have wanted, yet for all that, he still managed to misuse his power. And yet, for all of that, because of his willingness to accept responsibility for his sins, the mercy of God becomes a major part of his story.

An entertaining and exciting book!  Sep 16, 2005
Stephen Miller has once again brought the fun into studying the Bible. As a young adult Christian I find reading the Bible often quite dull. Miller does a great job keeping my attention. I love how he translates the message into modern day terminology and his own added style of humor. Big Dummies of the Bible taught me many things I had never learned before, and may we all learn from their mistakes!!!
Don't read this book alone.  Sep 14, 2005
Stephen Miller's Big Dummies of the Bible is the quintessential book for a discussion group. Hot topics. Great background information. Fun to read. Written with a big dollop of humor. This book deals with the "S" word in a 21st century way that even a fellow dummy can understand.

Rev. Bill Calvin
Learn from the mistakes of others - then you don't have to do them yourself!  Sep 12, 2005
ýBig dummies of the Bible" is a very interesting book that describes in a humorous way some dumb people in the bible and their dumb decisions they made. Each chapter has got a part called "Learning from the mistake". So Stephen M. Miller describes what we can learn today from the mistakes people made 2000 years ago - and it's fascinating to see how much we can learn from them.
Not your normal Bible study  Sep 2, 2005
There are 13 unlucky Bible people featured in this book. And if you're thinking this is just another retelling of their sad stories, you are so wrong.

Try out a couple excerpts:

"In the bountiful dumbness of Samson, there's one scene dumbest of all. He's napping with his head on Delilah's lap--and he expects to wake up with hair." Miller explains why any knucklehead should have known better.

"Israel's queen of mean may have had excellent reason from the crib for growing into the most despicable, villainous woman in Bible history. A single word may have twisted this sister, contorting and distorting her character from day one."

The word? Her name. Miller says that in her native language, "Jezebel" means "Where's the Prince?" As in her kingly father's complaint: "I don't want a daughter." When Princess Jezebel moved to Israel and married King Ahab, the Hebrews tweaked the pronunciation just a bit. The Hebrew version meant "Where's the Crap?" As in we don't even want to guess what her nickname was.

Miller said that when Jezebel died, the new king turned her pagan temple into a public toilet. Miller added, "It must have seemed fitting."

These are Bible stories loaded with the kind of bizarre insight and humor I've never read before. Each story has modern parallels and discussion questions for small groups and private study. There's a free leader's guide, too. It's on the author's Web site:

And take a look at that weird cover, with Delilah snipping Samson's curly locks. In case you're wondering, the tattoo on that muscled arm reads "Delilah."

They say you can't judge a book by its cover. Don't believe it.

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