Raising Abel assumes that the Bible would not bother telling us about a cunning serpent, a murderous brother, or a resinous gopher tree, if they didn’t have something to do with the deeper topic of faith. After all, isn’t the Bible “the authority” on faith? Raising Abel explores the most familiar chapters of Genesis, not as a collection of stories of the beginning of time, but as our first and best guide to the subject of faith. The author, as a physician, explains faith within the framework of wellness, dividing the Genesis stories into four parts that answer four questions.
- The Premise: What does healthy faith look like? (Genesis 1–2)
- The Problem: What can cause this healthy state to become “diseased”? (Genesis 3–5)
- The Prescription: What medicine is needed to restore us to a healthy faith? (Genesis 6–9:17)
- The Practice: What must we do to maintain this healthy faith? (Genesis 9:18–11)
Raising Abel reassures us that “there is something greater than a perfectly good world; it is an imperfect world plus faith.” In a perfect world there would be no need of faith. Get ready to experience faith in a whole new light!