The Transformative Word commentary series takes a thematic approach and is designed to be paired with another, presumably thicker, commentary. This is to explain why Universal Story: Gen 1-11 is less than 150 pages long. Thus, if the reader is looking for conclusions or up-to-date scholarship to bring to the next debate, this is not the right book. Here, the author asks different questions, for example, "What exactly went wrong in Eden?" and invites us to re-look at familiar verses from a different angle. While he does not shrink from asserting the Bible as the key to understanding reality, over and against Science, he does not aim to put to rest topics such as creationism or sexual ethics. Remember the small page count and the aims of the commentary series. Universal Story is a good book to introduce a wider audience to commentaries and to invite further conversations on God's revelation.