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In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton invites us into an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundational questions such as: How and when was the Bible written? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? How literally must we read it? Is the Bible ever wrong?

From there, Hamilton considers the real questions people frequently ask that continue to divide Christians and denominations alike, including:

  • Were Adam and Eve real people?
  • Why is God so violent in the Old Testament?
  • Why would Paul command women to “keep silent in the church”?
  • Is Jesus the only way to salvation?
  • How does God view homosexual people?
  • Is the Book of Revelation a guide to the End Times?

In approachable and inviting language, Hamilton addresses these often misunderstood biblical themes, leading readers to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I can think of no one more adept at bringing out the beauty and authority of scripture while also shedding light on the Bible’s most controversial teachings than Adam Hamilton. This is a must read for anyone who is looking for a fuller understanding of the Bible.”

    Jim Wallis, New York Times bestselling author of God’s Politics

  • “Clear, straightforward, lucid, faithful, helpful. Highly recommended.”

    James Martin, SJ, New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

  • “Wondrously accessible, Hamilton combines good scholarship with a light touch and exhibits his wise, generous pastoral heart. Hamilton does not let us forget that he bears witness to the gospel and the result is a discussion that permits readers to think again and faithfully about the Bible.”

    Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

  • “If you hope there’s a better way to read, live by, and value the Bible, Hamilton has written the book that will help you—and people you know and love. It’s understandable. It’s honest. It’s wise. And it’s so, so needed.”

    Brian D. McLaren, author of We Make the Road by Walking

  • “This is an honest, relevant, and captivating book. Hamilton asks taboo questions and refuses cliché answers. He invites you to join him on a quest for truth, and even if you don’t arrive at the same destination, you will sure enjoy the ride.”

    Shane Claiborne, author and activist

  • “Acting as friend and guide to those who seek to read the Bible intelligently and with spiritual insight, Hamilton walks readers through the pitfalls of fundamentalism and dry scholarship, opening up both the Bible’s profound humanity and its wisdom for living.”

    Diana Butler Bass, author of Christianity after Religion

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About the Author

Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City. Started in 1990 with four people, the church has grown to become the largest United Methodist Church in the United States with over eighteen thousand members. The church is well known for connecting with agnostics, skeptics, and spiritual seekers. In 2012 it was recognized as the most influential mainline church in America, and Hamilton was asked by the White House to deliver the sermon at the Obama inaugural prayer service. Hamilton, whose theological training includes an undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University and a graduate degree from Southern Methodist University, where he was honored for his work in social ethics, is the author of numerous books. He has been married to his wife, LaVon, for more than thirty years and has two adult daughters.