Praise for
Who Told You That You Were Naked?

“Through vivid and relatable real-life stories, Bill walks the reader through the events in the Garden of Eden with a unique perspective. Who Told You That You Were Naked? is a book that is equally engaging for the Christian newcomer and the advanced Bible scholar. Various keystones to understanding God’s will are described that help us in our daily walk so that “…He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6).”

— J. Lucero, Kids’ Ministry Volunteer at Summit Community Church

“As I read Who Told You That You Were Naked? by William Combs I began to see sin as a sense of insecurity and nakedness rather than an act of disobedience. Understanding why Christ has clothed us with HIS righteousness has made my walk with the Lord stronger and more exciting. Accompanied with thorough analyzation of scripture, this book has given me clearer understanding of the love of my Heavenly Father and our relationship with Him as sinful creatures in need of a savior. Combs explains the importance of resting in “real faith” and the finished works of Christ in order to be completely transformed and truly be the salt of the earth.”

— Courtney Rianne, a young college student

Who Told You That You Were Naked? is an incredibly insightful book. With a deeply intelligent understanding of the doctrines of sin and salvation coupled with his gripping writing style, William E Combs disassembles the well-known but misunderstood origins and consequences of our sinful nature – rebuilding a clearer foundation. Dr. Combs has reshaped my understanding of my sin in a way that has brought an even greater joy and freedom to my relationship with Jesus Christ.”

— Jason Huggins, Portage, Michigan

“This is a book of clear but deep concepts. I appreciate the Bible verses being written out in the text; when I sit down with a book, having to look up verses is distracting. The synopsis of each chapter truly defines what is included in the chapter. The chapter questions can lead to discussion or personal reflection and are plainly answered within the text.

The Bible wastes few words describing the creation of man, and gives the impression it all happened quickly, was over, and is easily dismissed as something we can’t do anything about anyway. The phrases, however, are not only part of our faith, but part of our culture. The account has to be for our enlightenment. I liked the mental picture of daily life in The Garden. The book finally clarified for me, the familiar “knowledge of good and evil”, “you will surely die”(but they didn’t), “ashamed of their nakedness”, Eve’s crime (as we seem to think of it), and being kicked out of Eden. The significance of these beginning events is correlated with teachings of Jesus and Paul in the New Testament, and then with our lives today. The messages concerning our feelings of inadequacy and clarification of Jesus use of the terms “little faith”, “day of rest”, and “I will give you rest” are especially illuminating and helpful to me.

This book is timely and timeless. The topic isn’t ancient history for as society continues its self-serving attitude, its defense is The Garden question – “Is that really what God said?”

— Linda Anderson in Montesano, Washington

I hope your book changes lives. It definitely touched mine. Your writing style (the way you tell stories about the Creation) is unique. I only know of a single writer who writes this way – Gene Edwards. There might be more people (that I have never heard of) with this style, but I am willing to stick a neck out to say they are few indeed.

— Stephen Abayomi Ogunniyi, Oxford, UK

“This exegetical work scrutinizes what happened in the Garden of Eden to better clarify the concepts of sin and redemption.

Like many Christians, debut author Combs—a retired Presbyterian minister—came to understand sin, salvation, and faith through the New Testament. With this book, he focuses on these concepts as introduced in the Old Testament and the Garden of Eden episode so as to “delve into the events through which sin and death entered the world.” Combs begins by considering the joys of Eden, the circumstances that forced Adam and Eve out of it, and the results of leaving Eden, including the murder of Abel by Cain. He explores the nature of faith, the difference between faith and works, challenges to faith, and what it truly means to follow Christ. He also considers the true nature of sin, which he argues should be seen as relational, not as something that lies in wait to trip us up; for example, it wasn’t lurking Satan but Cain’s “perception of his relationship with his brother” that drove him to murder. Adam and Eve’s shame for their nakedness didn’t derive from disobedience, a common interpretation. What the apple truly disclosed, according to the author, was an inner conviction of not measuring up, especially to God. Combs cautions readers to remember difficulties of translation but doesn’t otherwise historicize Eden or interpret it metaphorically as some writers have done (for example, by seeing it as a story of the agricultural revolution, which introduced social inequality). Throughout, Combs lightens his discussion with vivid retellings of biblical events and stories of personal encounters with the divine, the straightforward accounting of which may startle some. Believers are likely to find fresh ways to understand well-known texts, while readers who disagree may not be persuaded but can engage fruitfully with Combs’ carefully made points, supported through biblical and scholarly references, study questions, and endnotes.

This readable discursion on sin, faith, and salvation offers an inventive, informed take on Eden and the nature of faith.”

—Kirkus Reviews, featured in January 15, 2017 issue

Searching for reason in the midst of this crazy world?

Who Told You That You Were Naked? by William Combs reexamines how sin came into the world through Adam, and how the Lord has redeemed us from our knowledge of good and evil by His grace through faith. This refreshing account of one tumultuous afternoon in the Garden of Eden will forever change the way you look at sin and salvation.

All profits received from the sale of books published will be used by the William Combs Foundation for charitable purposes.