Here are some books our pastor highly recommends.


by Catherine Margolin

This is a book written by one of our astute members here at Cliffside, Catherine Margolin.
There has never been a work like this on Adam and Eve. Back in 2007 Catherine was enthralled to hear Pastor Chronister, in the first part of his Genesis Series, describe Adam and Eve in a way she had never imagined. Since then, every time he would add more to our understanding of the First Adam and his wife, she would listen intently... and many years later this knowledge would be her basis and inspiration to writing this book of what is truly The Greatest Love Story of all time.

You'll find a wonderful description of it below. It is a 'must read' for any serious student of Scripture (and it just might keep our children from believing the completely foolish things this world would have us think about Adam and Eve, and thus about the Last Adam and His bride).
Catherine's book is available now on Amazon in a Kindle Edition and an Audiobook on Audible. The paperback is coming soon.

We highly recommend listening to this book. The man doing the reading is a Christian in England with a passion for getting the teaching of this book out to the world. He has done an incredible job in making this story not just come to life, but producing it in a way that it becomes real in the mind of the listener.
Remember the children's' Bible story about Adam and Eve and the fabled Garden of Eden in Genesis? Just a story about two not-very-smart people who were given life in the most beautiful garden ever made, and they blew it, big-time. But wait--what if everything, and I mean everything, you've heard about Adam and Eve was wrong? Ask yourself these questions: Why would the omnipotent, omniscient God create the first two human beings as imbeciles? Why does the bible actually say in Timothy 2:14: "Adam was not deceived"?? So if Adam wasn't deceived, why in the world would he follow the woman's example and eat the fruit? What was the serpent's (Satan's) plan in all of this? And what in the world (or, actually, in heaven) was the angelic host doing? They must have been watching. Maybe the story of Adam and Eve is actually much more complicated and entrancing than we've been taught all these years. Maybe...we are the ones who have been deceived.

This book is an exploration into good and evil, great love and even greater mistakes.

Footsteps of the Messiah:
A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events

by Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum 

Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum came to Cliffside back in 2006 as a guest lecturer. The discussions got pretty lively when he was here. He is perhaps the most renowned scholar of Israelology and Messianic Studies pertaining to Bible Prophecy alive today.

"The completion of his dissertation, Israelology: The Missing Link in Systematic Theology, was the culmination of 13 years of research for which he earned his Ph.D. at New York University in 1989. Dr. Fruchtenbaum has authored numerous published works and recorded many Biblical studies of keen interest to both Jews and Gentiles."

Customer Review
"Footsteps of the Messiah is detailed and thorough.  Dr. Fruchtenbaum, a Messianic Jewish believer, uses the Bible to define itself.  He helps the reader understand the happenings of today, the past and the future, using the Bible as a road map.  Footsteps of the Messiah is truly a study of the sequence of end times events and is well worth the price and time to read and study.  There is also a study guide available. "
D. Kimble. Springfield, MO

The best place to buy this book appears to be Dr. Fruchtenbaum's own website at Ariel Ministries.
Using the Book of Revelation as an end time road map, Dr. Fruchtenbaum weaves the prophetic writings of the Hebrew Scriptures and Messiah's teachings to reveal God's plan for the future of Israel and the world. Dr. Fruchtenbaum gathers the many pieces of the prophetic puzzle and places them in sequential order with the result summed up by Dr. Charles Ryrie in his foreword: “Those who read this book cannot help but be instructed and stimulated by his work.”

Footsteps is detailed, thorough and scholarly, yet written in a style that the average reader can easily understand. With a wealth of wisdom drawn from his Jewish background and extensive research, the author even tackles the “problem passages” to provide a comprehensive overview of the entire range of prophetic truth.“In a thoroughly biblical, balanced, and clear presentation, Arnold Fruchtenbaum plainly lays out God's plan for the future while avoiding the sensational errors of other prophetic writers. I have relied on this book as a resource for years.” — Michael Rydelnik, Professor of Jewish Studies Program, Moody Bible Institute

Twenty years of teaching Eschatology since the original writing of this book has given Dr. Fruchtenbaum further reflections on some passages. This updated edition includes five new appendices to the book.
  • Hardcover: 840 pages

Portraits of Christ in Genesis

by M.R. DeHaan 

The well-respected Bible teacher and founder of Radio Bible Class, M. R. DeHaan, presents these devotional commentaries on Bible books and topics that will be appreciated by lay readers as well as pastors and teachers.

The last published book by one of America’s most beloved Bible teachers, Portraits of Christ in Genesis explores the lives of Adam, Abel, Isaac, Joseph and other figures from Genesis as prophetic types of the life and ministry of Jesus.
Anyone interested in the subject of Old Testament typology and prophetic themes will find Portraits of Christ in Genesis to be a rich source of insight and inspiration.

Available from and other publication web sites. 
This book reveals the work of God in His plan of redemption from the beginning of creation. Once you read this book you will have a greater understanding of the rest of the Bible. This book forms the seedbed for interpretation of the New Testament. The Genesis portraits are detailed in profile yet Dr. Dehaan encourages readers to look further into the depths of scripture to find deeper shades of meaning for each portrait.


by Ada Ruth Habershon 

Ada Ruth Habershon provides a deep study of the typology of Christ, presenting it in a clear and concise manner.   Her only downfall is that she quotes scripture quite often without referencing which verse she’s quoting.  However, most who read this book find it fascinating and insightful.

She is probably one of the best Bible Scholars this world has known, with wisdom approaching that of Solomon, but she was also a highly sought after lecturer and professor of Physics... but did you know she also wrote hymns? She even wrote one that is still popular today, although in today's version the words were modernized. Her song... "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". Look it up on Wikipedia. There you'll find her original words to this glorious and compelling hymn written back in 1907.
Available from and other publication web sites. 

THE substance of these chapters has been given in various Bible Readings. Their object is not so much to attempt an explanation of the individual types, on which so many volumes have already been written, as to arouse interest in the study as a whole, and to emphasize the importance of comparing one with another. Not only does this method seem the surest way of arriving at the meaning of the separate types, but it is valuable as affording evidence of the presence of one Spirit inspiring the whole.

It has not been possible to do more than suggest some of the various methods in which the Bible types may be grouped together, and give samples of the great variety that exists amongst them.

These studies are but very imperfect outline sketches of bird's-eye views. To fill in too many details would have been in many cases to lose sight of the chief lines of the pictures; but if some are induced to explore for themselves, they will find out the endless beauties that surround them on all sides.

It would be impossible to acknowledge all the channels through which many precious things concerning the types have been received. We read a book or hear an address, and some thought strikes us; we make a note of it, and it becomes our own. Other thoughts are added on the same subject, and we soon forget through whom they came. If they are God-given this does not greatly matter; for in Bible study anything that is really original, anything that is simply our own, is not worth passing on to anyone else. But if in the course of our study GOD opens our eyes to behold wondrous things, it is only that we may tell others of what we have seen. When they look for themselves and see the same things, they will soon forget who pointed them out. The man who finds the gold may be quite unknown, or is soon forgotten; but the gold passes from hand to hand and others are enriched.

The one who is prefigured in the types is not a mere man, but is Jehovah - GOD - the great I AM; and the chief scene which is foreshadowed is the most solemn event that has taken place on this earth. In considering the types therefore, and trying feebly to speak of them, the ground whereon we stand is holy ground.

May anything in these pages that is contrary to GOD's thoughts be forgiven for the sake of the great High Priest who bears the iniquity of our holy things; and may He use what is of Himself to stimulate many to deeper and more reverent study of His Word, that His Name may be glorified. 

Who Made God?
Searching for a Theory of Everything

by Dr. Edgar Andrews 

Pastor Chronister did a number of lectures that included a study of this book. He even handed everyone copies of the book. The study was a huge success... and we learned a few things too.

"A book written by a distinguished scientist about the existence of God, which has chapter headings like ‘Sooty and the universe’, ‘Steam engine to the stars’ and ‘The tidy pachyderm’, has to be different. It is. Addressing profound questions of science, philosophy and faith with an amazing lightness of touch, Edgar Andrews exposes the pretensions of the ‘new atheism’ of Richard Dawkins and others, blending incisive arguments with gentle humour. As Fay Weldon writes, the result is ‘Thoughtful, readable, witty, wise …’
However, the author’s aim is not simply to raise a standard against the aggressive atheism of our age but to provide a logically consistent and altogether more satisfying alternative. He describes how his fellow physicists dream of discovering a ‘theory of everything’ that will embrace every physical process and phenomenon in the cosmos. But he points out that there is more to existence than the material world — the things that make life worth living are mainly non-material.
Can there, then, be a theory of everything that includes not only space, time, matter and energy but also the realms of the heart, mind, conscience and spirit? Yes, indeed, as this book shows. It is the hypothesis of God, a ‘theory’ that, in spite of its opponents, still towers above the barren landscape of atheism and despair."

Available from and other publication web sites. 
Includes appendix 'God, Black Holes and Stephen Hawking'

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, says Who made God? deals with complex subjects 'in a palatable form'. A book by a distinguished scientist about the existence of God, with chapter headings like 'Steam engine to the stars' and 'The tidy pachyderm' has to be different. It is. Dr Andrews shows that the concept of the 'hypothesis of God' towers above the barren landscape of atheism and despair.

'As a distinguished scientist, Professor Edgar Andrews is well qualified to counter the current attempts to airbrush God out of existence - and does so with intelligent and infectious enthusiasm. Richard Dawkins' The God delusion is an obvious target and he expertly dismantles its atheistic claims, reducing them to rubble with a lightness of touch I had never before come across in a book of this kind. I know of nothing quite like it.'
John Blanchard, author, lecturer and conference speaker.

Edgar Andrews, BSc, PhD, DSc, FInstP, FIMMM, CEng, CPhys, is an expert on the science of large molecules and Emeritus Professor of Materials at the University of London. For several decades he was an international consultant to the Dow Chemical Co., and the 3M Co. both of USA. At the 1986 Huxley Memorial Debate he debated Richard Dawkins on creation vs. evolution. He has written extensively on science and religion and his book From Nothing to Nature has been translated into ten languages. 

* Pastor Steve’s tip: if you are reading one of the above books and would like to know more, look to see the sources and footnotes that author uses.