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Title : Controversial
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1639453962
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1639453962
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.4 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.58 x 9 inches

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Author Michael Helfrich has done it again—his new release, Controversial, is a thought-provoking and
evocative book that will open the readers’ eyes to the current state of Christianity and them understand
things from the eyes of God.

Touching on different issues on Christianity and history, the book is divided into several parts, each
focusing on an important issue: the Covenant and Divorce of God and the national State of Israel,
Transition/Reformation, We the People, We the People are Divided, and Church Dogmas.

Each section puts much emphasis on the Scripture and its teachings. Following the events that happened
starting from the time of the prophets, both major and minor, to the present state of the world, it gives
readers an alternative and deeper look at events that shaped the faith that we have now.

Much like what the author shared in the first part of the book about its inception, the contents of the book
will give readers a chance to rethink and reconceptualize the teachings. By using one’s own way of
thinking and not just depending on what individuals know and have heard from others, readers are invited
to dig deeper and more thoughtfully.

The research put into writing this book is evident with the different verses used to explain various points,
both from the Old and New Testaments. In explaining tenets that range from how the Jews are still waiting
for the second coming to how divisive America currently is, Bible verses that show what God is telling us
are used both as examples and means to explain further. Mr. Helfrich’s view gives readers a refreshing
albeit subtle approach on how to deal with such points.

Aligned with the emphasis given on the Bible’s importance and the teachings found within the Scriptures,
the book provides its readers with insights into God’s wisdom, power, and love. The best sacrifice and gift
we have received from the Lord in the form of Jesus Christ manifests his unending love for us. The grace
that he has bestowed mankind is shown through the historical contexts that the author presents among
the pages of the book.

Most importantly, the book underlines how we can use the Scriptures, with its teachings and the
meanings of the verses, to guide us on how we should live our daily lives. One of the, if not the most,
significant premise within the pages of Controversial is that following a life based on the Scriptures will
ensure a righteous and godly existence, one that will bring us closer to the Lord.

Though clear in its message, some parts of the book tend to be repetitive, with the verses used seemingly
similar. However, these portions only highlight the importance of the message that the author is trying to
convey—that God is omniscient and omnipresent.

The book not only touches on the historical context found in the Bible but also gives equal emphasis on
the importance of understanding the Scripture. Controversial will give open your eyes to the important
issues in Christianity today.

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