Monday, February 17, 2014

REVIEW: Noah: The Real Story by Larry Stone

Title: Noah: The Real Story
Author: Larry Stone
Series: none
Published Date: Jan 31, 2014
Publisher: Kingsley Books
ISBN: 9781936488742
Buy It Link: Amazon

Rating: 1 star

Synopsis: Noah and the ark makes it on everyone’s list of top ten favorite Bible stories—right up there with Jonah and the whale, and David and Goliath. No biblical account has raised as many questions and has generated as much controversy as Noah and the ark. The story in the Bible is just the beginning! Was the massive ark seaworthy? Did the Flood cover the whole earth? Has the ark been found on Mount Ararat? Where can you see the ark today? These questions and more are answered in NOAH: The Real Story. 

Other books have covered just the Flood, or just one aspect of the search for Noah’s ark, but this is the only book to tell the complete story. 
1. The Noah story as told in the Bible 
2. Flood stories around the world 
3. Was the Flood global or local? 
4. How big was the ark and how was it built? 
5. How did Noah gather and take care of the animals? 
6. Pilgrims have searched for the ark on Mount Ararat for thousands of years. 
7. Modern “arkaeologists” and their search for the ark 
8. Noah goes to Hollywood; Noah in movies and television 
9. Where can you see the ark today? 
10. Noah’s secret for surviving the end of the world 

Filled with fascinating stories, controversial details, and thorough research, Noah: The Real Story answers your questions about Noah, the Flood, the animals, the ark, and the search.

Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
I got a copy of this book, looking to get more answers about the whole Noah and global flood story. I was horribly disappointed in this book. Let me address some of the questions this book is supposed to answer...

1. The Noah story as told in the Bible: anyone who has a bible can look it up in Genesis. You don't have a Bible, here's a link to it in BibleGateway. Nothing new here, but a good introduction.
2. Flood stories around the world: yes, there are many cultures around the world with flood stories, some of them eerily similar to the Bible story...but are they just knock-offs of the Bible version as Judaism melded with the cultures around it and Christians proselytized?
3. Was the Flood global or local? No true answer is given here....instead, its a non-answer that becomes very often repeated in this book: I don't know, maybe, it's possible, if you believe it. "You have to presuppose that the account in the Bible is true."
4. How big was the ark and how was it built? We all know how big the ark was, its been researched before, nothing new. The author does admit that he has absolutely no idea what type of wood or tar made up the ark. 
5. How did Noah gather and take care of the animals? Ooooh, some interesting ingenious engineering here, but did it happen? No real answers here, again, you have to believe that it happened to see the possibilities.

Again, this book was extremely disappointing in the lack of answers when the title itself leads a reader to believe that definitive answers are within the pages.


  1. first off I want to say that i love your blog look. It's so inviting and cozy. Secondly, I can't stand when you watch a show or read a book that claims to have the answers and they basically answer the questions with a question

    1. Kristin, thank you for coming by! I couldn't stand it either, I was rolling my eyes every time I got to the "answer" of "We don't really know, there's no way to really prove it, but if you believe the Bible, then it could be true."