2009 WorldNetDaily – November 15, 2009

The Russian prime minister will soon get that chance as “Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You’ve Never Been Told,” the Amazon.com No. 1 best-seller that champions the absolute truth of Scripture, continues to sweep across the globe, now being translated from English into Russian.

Thomas Nelson, the top Christian publishing company in America, has announced a licensing agreement with Nova Littera / Eksmo Publishing to produce a Russian-language version of “Shocked by the Bible” by Joe Kovacs, the executive news editor of WND.

“This is fantastic,” said Kovacs. “It wasn’t that long ago that the official position of the Moscow government was that God did not exist. Now, all those who speak Russian will have the opportunity to learn Bible truth like they’ve never heard it before, including the incredible destiny of all mankind to be born into the actual Family of God!”

The Russian edition will be the second foreign-language version for “Shocked,” as the book was previously translated into Korean this year.

“I really hope this trend continues,” said Kovacs, “so the greatest number of people possible can have their misconceptions shattered, and see the actual words on the Bible’s pages, the astounding verses even preachers don’t like talking about.”

Matt Baugher, vice president and publisher of Thomas Nelson, shared in the enthusiasm, saying: “We continue to be pleased with the support of Joe Kovacs’ great work, ‘Shocked by the Bible.’ This important analysis of perception versus reality on biblical content is now finding interest worldwide. It is especially meaningful to announce that it is being translated into the Russian language. For the last century, it has been difficult to get Bibles distributed into that vast country. To also now have the ability to provide a fun and highly readable analysis is exciting. We look forward to great things.”  

You don’t need to know Russian to be stunned by amazing scriptural facts. Get the original “Shocked by the Bible” in English, personally autographed by the author. If you prefer ordering by phone, call WND’s Superstore toll-free at 1-800-4WND-COM (1-800-496-3266) between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.

“Shocked by the Bible” has become an instant smash since its release, skyrocketing to No. 1 in three Bible-related categories several times on Amazon.com with readers giving it high praise, and the author being interviewed on dozens of radio shows.

Those who have read the book offer glowing reviews, including:

“I’m drawn to this book. It is so well put together. I started reading it and didn’t put it down for two days to finish it. … This guy is incredible.” – Peter Boyles, KHOW radio host, Denver

“Kovacs has done his homework. In ‘Shocked by the Bible,’ he explodes certain common concepts, brings shocking stories and revelations to light and gives the reader motivation to dig deeper into the very Word of God. A valuable resource for today’s jaded but biblically illiterate audience.” – Carolyn R. Scheidies, Author’s Choice Reviews

“Since the professing church is unwilling to look intently at the Scriptures, embrace it all in context, [God] is using a believing investigative journalist to apply his gift and experience to be a witness to the Truth of what He said and established in His Word. Joe Kovacs is that man. … I recommend ‘Shocked by The Bible’ by Joe Kovacs because of his journalistic approach to the Bible. He is not trying to proselytize anyone to his particular brand of religion. His agenda appears to not go beyond just a journalistic look at Scripture in order to get straight facts into people’s hands that they might make an informed decision.” – Banner Kidd, Torah Perspective

In “Shocked by the Bible,” Kovacs also explains that if people just read for themselves without any preconceived notions, they’d quickly discover:

The ultimate destiny of human beings is much more glorious than just gaining eternal life and floating around on clouds all day

“Three Wise Men” are never mentioned in the story of Jesus’ birth, and no wise men at all are shown present at the manger scene the night Jesus was born. (They showed up later at a house when Jesus was a young child)

The Bible doesn’t outright declare the day, month, year or even season Jesus was born

There’s no mention of a Christmas tree or any tree in the gospels recording Jesus’ birth. However, there is a custom mentioned in the Old Testament that shows people decorating trees with silver and gold. You might be astounded to find out what God says about such a practice

The Bible never says Jesus died on a Friday or rose from the grave Sunday morning

Scripture does not say Noah’s Ark rested on “Mount Ararat”

Noah brought a lot more than just two of certain animals aboard the Ark

The word “Easter” has vanished from modern Bible translations

God sought to kill Moses, shortly after telling him to lead the Israelites to freedom

Jesus did not come to make everyone understand His message, and personally said so

Jesus made personal appearances in the Old Testament

The worst case of hemorrhoids in history is recorded

And these are merely the beginning of hundreds of facts that will stun even those who thought they had a strong knowledge of the Bible.

“If you’ve never been into the Bible, or even if you have, there’s no need to fear,” says Kovacs. “I make it quick, easy and fun for you to find out the juiciest, most interesting stuff that never seems to get mentioned in church. And I’m not talking about trivial facts and difficult names no one can pronounce.”

Kovacs, the executive news editor of WND, has written countless reports in his 26-year news career. Many have focused on biblical issues such as chariot wheels said to be found in the Red Sea, searches for Noah’s Ark and the Ark of the Covenant, and controversies over Christmas and Easter holidays as well as the Saturday-vs.-Sunday Sabbath.

He has received many awards for news excellence from the Associated Press and United Press International. He’s run television, radio and print newsrooms in the U.S., as well as Budapest, Hungary. Kovacs is also regarded as one of the premier creative headline writers in the news business today.

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