Wow, what a topic! I recently read The Fall of Satan: Rebels in the Garden by Bodie Hodge, and it is an excellent book that I will definitely be recommending to friends!
Many people in the Church seem to ignore the existence of Satan, or take it lightly. And, obviously, it is a subject often ridiculed and mocked by the unsaved. The media likes to make Satan a topic that is made light of and laughed about...all, I believe, a part of Satan's plan to blind people to his lies. So, this is a book that is desperately needed in these times.
I was very impressed with the way Mr. Hodge presents the information. It is somewhat reminiscent of the Answer Books (also published by Master Books/New Leaf Publishing Group), which are my top 3 favorite apologetics books. Very easy to understand, and the information is presented in a clear, concise manner. The book starts out with the character/personality of Satan, and also deals with his origin-was he a fallen angel, etc. Many areas are discussed throughout the book, such as When was Satan created, did the serpent originally have legs, why wasn't Eve surprised when the serpent spoke to her, was Satan the actual serpent in the garden, etc. And, veering slightly away from the devil but still sticking to the general idea, this book also sheds light on other questions people often ask. Why are we punished for Adam's sin, why didn't Adam and Eve die immediately, when did they rebel, how long ago was the curse, and the big one-what fruit was on the tree?
The answers to these questions and many more are packed into this informative book, in just 164 pages. Talk about information overload! (I will be reading this through again more slowly to catch any details I missed on the first read).
And, as with most, if not all, Master Books I have read, there is also a chapter devoted to explaining the plan of salvation, why we need salvation, and a clear presentation of the Gospel. And, tucked in the back is a bonus chapter that examines one of the most-asked questions regarding Genesis. Who are the Nephilim and the sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6 and Numbers 13? Bodie Hodge does an excellent job of presenting the 4 most commonly-held beliefs about this subject, and giving clear reasoning for why/why not they could be correct. Each point is discussed with various Biblical references backing up his teaching.
If you'd like to read this book for yourself, you can purchase it online through New Leaf Publishing Group! Or, if you'd like to learn more about it first, you can preview it here.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book for review from New Leaf Publishing Group. All thoughts and opinions are mine.