Book Review: The Most Misused Stories in the Bible by Eric J. Bargerhuff

Title:  The Most Misused Stories in the Bible
Author: Eric J. Bargerhuff
Publisher:  Bethany House Non-Fiction
Release Date:  April 18, 2017
Genre: Non-Fiction

Are you sure you know what your favorite Bible stories mean?

A surprising number of popular Bible stories are commonly misused or misunderstood, even by well-intentioned Christians. In this book, Eric J. Bargerhuff helps you sort through modern-day distortions of these well-known stories and grasp their meaning and purpose for us today. See with fresh eyes the life-changing truths in stories such as: 

  • David and Goliath
  • Jonah and the Big Fish
  • The Woman Caught in Adultery
  • Zacchaeus, the tax collector
  • Gideon and His Fleece
  • Judas, the Betrayer

Filled with fascinating historical and scriptural insights, this concise yet thorough book will help you learn how to read and apply all of God's Word more faithfully.

The title, The Most Misused Stories in the Bible and the tagline, "Surprising Ways Popular Bible Stories Are Misunderstood" caught my attention. The author, Eric J. Bargerhuff put together 14 Biblical stories that reviewed and explained how they were misunderstood, or when the message was taken out of context.

I read this out loud in the car on a road trip so my family and I can open up into discussion. Having done so, I think it allowed me to keep an open mind to the author's take on many of the main message of the stories. If I had read it alone, I would've felt the author's no-nonsense approach in some ways off-putting. I think his examples are great clarifications, but it doesn't give room for further interpretations that allows for it. Having read it in a form of group discussions, it helped to see perspective and allow for personal research and clarification. In all, I think this book is a great way for Christians, new as well as seasoned ones to open their minds for deeper examination of specific Bible stories.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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Eric J. Bargerhuff, PhD, teaches in the Bible and Theology department and directs the Honors Program at Trinity College of Florida. Author of the acclaimed book The Most Misused Verses in the Bible, he served in pastoral ministry for more than twenty years. Eric received his doctorate in biblical and systematic theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.





  1. Haven't read the book, but I was speaking to someone of something similar of Jonah and the whale pertaining to misconceptions. In Jonah the Word of God (KJV) says fish and in the Bible Jesus when speaking of Jonas being in the belly 3 days calls the creature a whale. Man can be wrong for God is all wise. If Jesus who is God in the flesh called a whale a fish, but man says a whale a mammal who are you going to believe, man or God? A whale than according to scripture is a type of fish.


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