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This Dangerous Book

How the Bible Has Shaped Our World and Why It Still Matters Today
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In This Dangerous Book, the founders of the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C., and plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Steve and Jackie Green share the history, authenticity, and power of the Bible in this fascinating look at the world’s most influential book.
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It is the top selling book in history. It brings social upheaval, international arguments, and political controversy. It has been used to justify both love and war. And for generations, it has found its way into the hearts of millions, offering comfort, direction, and life-changing truths.

How could one book have such power? In This Dangerous Book, Steve and Jackie Green explore the incredible history and impact of the Bible. As the founders and visionaries of the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C., the Greens have a unique perspective on the Bible’s journey—from its ancient beginnings, to its effect on the moral fiber of nations, to its transformative influence in individual hearts.

The Greens share the challenges they have faced in acquiring biblical artifacts from around the world and why generations—in every time period and in every geographical location—have risked their lives to preserve this precious book.

Exploring ancient tablets, medieval commentaries, and modern translations, This Dangerous Book offers fascinating insight into the miracles and martyrdoms that have led to the Scriptures we read today. The Greens explore how cutting-edge technology gives new insight into the authenticity of the Bible, including the work of fifty scholars who recently uncovered hidden details about thirteen unpublished Dead Sea Scroll fragments. This Dangerous Book also looks at the link between the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, what we can learn from how the Bible was passed down to us, and why God’s Word is foundational to America’s past and crucial for its future.

The Bible is a world-changer and a heart-changer. Whether you have read the Bible for years or are simply curious about its influence, This Dangerous Book could change your heart as well.

Contributor(s) Steve Green , Jackie Green , Bill High
About the Contributor(s) Steve Green

Steve Green is President of Hobby Lobby, the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world. He and his wife Jackie are part of the founding family of the Museum of the Bible, the largest international museum in the world devoted solely to the presentation and the preservation of the Bible. This facility, located in the heart of Washington D.C., is opening its doors in November of 2017. Steve and Jackie provide unique insight and commentary into the Bible’s role in our public and personal life. Since 2009 they have collected biblical artifacts from around the globe and today possess one of the largest collections in the world.



Jackie Green

Jackie Green is the co-founder of the Museum of the Bible, with her husband Steve.  She has assisted in the launch of the Museum and its development efforts in various areas.  She’s also a founder of Women of Legacy—an effort to help women discover and leave a legacy.  She has co-authored two books:  This Dangerous Book (with Steve Green) and Only One Life (with her daughter, Lauren Green McAfee). Jackie is actively involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, including distributing Bibles, helping children find their forever homes through adoption, and serving on the advisory board of a crisis pregnancy center, as well as serving on the board of a private Christian school.  In 2013, she received the Eagle Forum Homemaker of the Year Award. She’s the mother of six children, and grandmother to four (so far!).



Bill High

Bill High practiced law for twelve years before becoming the CEO of The Signatry. His mission is to change the way people think about generosity and their practice of it. He is married to Brooke and they have four children, two son-in-laws, and one grandchild. He can be found at www.billhigh.com.

UPC 025986351472
ISBN-10 0310351472
ISBN-13 9780310351474
Publish Date Nov 7, 2017
Weight (lbs) 1.4250
Height 8.70
Width 5.90
Length 256
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $22.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Bob
Overall Rating
I know this review is going to seem negative at times. Please realize this has more to do with my expectations, and subjective bias. I’m a stickler for theology, and evangelism. I also prefer more academic works. If you are like me, you will find this review helpful. If you are a layman and have more of a superficial interest in theology, then this review won’t be that relevant.

“This Dangerous Book” has a provocative title, with an implicitly lofty goal which can be inferred from this statement on the cover, “How the Bible has shaped our world and why it still matters today” I had hoped that it would more thoroughly treat the topic of the Bible, and its effects on human history. I was somewhat disappointed. It did not live up to my expectations. I was expecting a much larger, well fleshed out, academic treatment of the topic. This book could have been edited down to be an introduction to a book on the topic instead. It could have also been a brief book on the efforts of the Greens to collect Biblical artifacts for their museum, or the personal experiences of the Greens in regards to their faith. The Greens attempted to do all three in a book that is only a couple hundred pages long. The book didn’t accomplish any of them to my satisfaction.

In my opinion, books that add value to the Christian library must meet some criteria. The main attribute I look for is whether or not the book is Christ/gospel centered. They should also be; evangelistic, exclusive, (exclusivity of Christ) theologically orthodox, intellectually stimulating, educational, reasonable, and well bibliographed/annotated.

This book would only be educational to the laymen. It gives a basic overview of the history of the Bible, and its effects on mankind. The Green’s expressed their desire to present the Bible without any bias. They even had their collection displayed by the Vatican without a note of distinction between Roman Catholicism, and Protestantism. I was disappointed with their ecumenism, and their efforts to keep the book, and museum, from being overtly evangelistic. The personal stories of the Greens were encouraging and inspiring at times. The theology of the Greens was not fully expressed. I think this was in an attempt to have a broader audience. Because of their ecumenism, desire to have a wide appeal, and brevity of the treatment of the implied topic, the book fails to meet my requirements for a valuable book.

That’s not to say that there isn’t any value in this book. There are books that many Christians would find interesting, but not necessarily worthy of their personal libraries. Books like these are more for entertainment. They are the types of books you read and then give away. This book falls into that category. As such I can recommend it. If you have some spare time on a weekend, and are not in the mood for something more substantial, this book would fit the bill. The writing is interesting. The personal experiences the Greens write about hold your attention. Their enthusiasm for the Bible is commendable. Just because it isn’t my cup of tea, doesn’t mean it won’t thrill you. That is one of the great things about books. They are as varied as the authors and readers. If you like to write about something, there will be someone who wants to read about it.

What the book gets wrong; it is too ambitious for a book that is approximately 200 pages. It will have limited appeal to academia. It is more of a primer of the topic of the Bible’s affect on history. For the title it talks too much about the Green’s experiences, and their Bible museum. It doesn’t make a clear gospel presentation. It demonstrates the Green’s flawed approach to ecumenism. It isn’t a book that will be read over and over again, or used for reference. It is a read once, and give away type of book.

What the book gets right; it will appeal to the wide varied masses of folks who profess to be Christian, including cults and groups that aren’t. It is a decent primer for anyone who has given absolutely no thought to how the Bible has shaped human history. New Christians might find it encouraging. Anyone who wants to know more about the founders, and owners of Hobby Lobby will enjoy reading about them. (Posted on 12/2/2017)
Review by MomOf3
Overall Rating
“Research shows over 80 percent of Americans own a hard copy of the Bible. More than half of agnostics and skeptics own a Bible.
But have you ever asked, ‘What is this book, really?" - from THIS DANGEROUS BOOK

The release of THIS DANGEROUS BOOK coincides with the opening of the Museum of the Bible located in Washington D.C. Steve and Jackie Green, the founding family of the museum, co-authored this book with Bill High.

It’s a book about three journeys—that of the Green’s, the Bible's, and the Museum of the Bible.

The Greens interweave vignettes of their own faith journey while sharing fascinating information about the Bible and ways it has affected cultures throughout history. They are transparent about their Christian faith in the book, yet they have chosen not to proselytize within the museum.

No doubt, some people will say there’s not enough of Jesus represented while others will say there’s too much.

“Yet throughout the process, we’ve continued to pursue a factual presentation of the Bible…I know that we won’t satisfy everyone. There will still be critics who will challenge our methods and motives…Like it or not, the Bible simply cannot be ignored.”

The mission of the museum is to “invite all people to engage with the history, impact, and narrative of the Bible. It is the largest museum in the world “devoted solely to the presentation and the preservation of the Bible.”

THIS DANGEROUS BOOK opens with almost twenty endorsements from folks such as Lee Strobel, Dr. David Jeremiah, and Korie Robertson. After a foreword by Rick Warren, the book has five parts:

Part 1: The Story Begins
Part 2: The Book
Part 3: Collecting Secrets
Part 4: Appeal to Heaven
Part 5: To the Ends of the Earth

Each part contains three to four chapters. Each chapter opens with three or four quotations—some from the Bible, some from people since the Bible’s publication. Most are from Christians but a few are not such as the one from the fictional Huckleberry Finn.

The chapters jump through a wide variety of topics. It tells the overall message of the Bible. It mentions many of the people in the Bible. Jackie shares how scriptures helped her deal with arthritis and guide the family’s pursuit of adoption. Steve shares about taking ownership of his faith, about acquiring artifacts, and the importance of digging into the historical aspects of the Bible. A great deal of the book focuses on the significance of the Bible’s influence throughout history in various cultures.

In the center of the book are sixteen pages of color photos of the museum, artifacts, and of the Greens. An additional sixteen pages of color maps are located at the back of the book along with an index and extensive, annotated bibliography. I think it would've been nice if they had added a graphic of when each book of the Bible is believed to have been written and how that's determined.

While I thought the topics jumped around a bit within each chapter, I enjoyed the overall content of this book. I especially enjoyed reading the quotes about the Bible from various people throughout history. I placed numerous sticky notes on pages with what I consider golden nuggets. One of my favorite sections is in the section titled, “Exploring Truth.”

“Now, when we suggest that we should all do our best to explore God and the Bible ourselves, that doesn’t mean we will come up with different answers.

In our world, the idea that everyone can arrive at their own conclusion based on personal feelings about any given topic threatens the very way we think about truth…

There is, we believe, one truth. Not a truth for you and a truth for me…
We believe there are multiple applications for Scripture, but only one interpretation.”

I have to be honest with you. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it when I first heard the Museum of the Bible would be taking a middle-of-the-road stance. But after reading THE DANGEROUS BOOK, I understand their reasoning. The museum’s purpose is not the same as that of the Billy Graham Library. They simply want to preserve and present the historical facts of the Bible and the impact it has made throughout the world.Their aim is to let the Word stand on its own.

I believe the Word has the power to do that and will not return void.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book in return for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
(Posted on 11/17/2017)

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