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Discovering the City of Sodom

Title:  Discovering the City of Sodom
Author:  Dr. Steven Collins & Dr. Latayne C. Scott
Pages:  352
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Howard
                As I was completing this book about discovering Sodom, one thought kept repeating itself in my mind and that was the thought that learning is a lifelong quest.  How many of us spend the energy or anything else for that matter to discover answers?  I am in awe of what is in this book for it is but a small portion of a narrative of ten years of hard work not just in the field in Israel, but the hours spent consistently learning as well as preparing.  One doesn’t have to be an intellectual or academic person to read, consider and decide if what is presented has merit.  You only must be willing to spend time reading, thinking and perhaps discussing the contents.
                There is no effective way to summarize what is written, so I won’t.  What I will share is what I came away with in the hopes you will be inspired to look for yourself at the conclusions and thoughts in Discovering the City of Sodom.  First, and for me foremost, is the fact that the text the archeologist began with and stays with is the Bible.  Dr. C., as he is referred to, sat in a hotel room reading and rereading the Genesis account of Sodom and Gomorrah.  His training is extensive, so Dr. C. brings much to the endeavor; however, what he brings right to the forefront is the Bible’s account of what happened.
                Another rather surprising fact is that the language used to describe the journey and more is not frustrating.  What do I mean?  Some books written about a topic use such long and not layman terms as to make simply reading it a frustrating and often unfinished text.  Here what is presented draws readers in to learn many topics as well as differing views on several fronts from Bible scholars to scientists of various disciplines.  Now, did I comprehend all that I read?  No, but I kept right on reading.  I know that I will reread the book another time, perhaps use it in a teaching situation.  We all can attest to that as we grow in knowledge through life experiences, some time elapses as the proverbial “light bulb” of understanding shines.  I am aware too that I may never understand all that is written here between the covers, but that isn’t why I read.  No one should ever come to a place in their life where they quit reaching out to understand and know more as long as it is not for pride’s sake.  It should be done with humility, realizing no one person can know everything and we all are gifted to attribute something to others.  Even Dr. C., along with the other archeologists and volunteers, relied on specialists to come to the site and share their knowledge in order to uncover the “truth”.
                In this day and age where instant knowledge or attainment is at our fingertips, we need to remember that what is really of value is much deeper.  We should start with the instant answer to a quest and pursue it, seeing it as a beginning and not an end to itself.  Learn to question and continue to read, listen and view what some have taken time to extrapolate for others.  All through your quest though remember your beginning text should always be the Bible!  Welcome to the journey.  Now, let’s get started…
                My rating is 4 ½ stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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