How to Get Into the Bible Paperback – Special Edition, Mar 13 1998
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About the Author
Stephen M. Miller is a best-selling author, seminary-educated journalist, and a full-time freelance writer and editor who specializes in Bible-related projects. Among his books are Who’s Who in the Bible, The Bible Through the Ages, The Illustrated Dictionary of Bible Life and Times, Complete Guide to the Bible, and How to Get Into the Bible. He also contributed to The Quest Study Bible.
Top Customer Reviews
I really liked the way the book is set-up. I enjoyed the shaded boxes, which highlight famous lines and ask, "did you know" questions about each book of the Bible. The section titled, How We Got Our Bible, is helpful. That is followed by a section highlighting the main points of Bible. This can help those who may not be familiar with many Bible stories. Moreover it serves as a good overview.
This book is great because it is written for a variety of readers from different age groups. Teenagers on up could enjoy this book. You can choose to use the book as a reference book, read it as novel, or just read each review and then read the accompany book.
Each book of the Bible is addressed in terms of plot, main characters, the book's relationship to other Bible stories, and more. It's like a well fleshed out study outline in many ways. What I particularly liked is that even the very short books of the Bible are given equal treatment. You'll get ample material about 1 Peter, Micah, Obadiah, and other small books along with the big boys like Isaiah and John.
Time lines help you keep a mental picture of what's going on around the events of each book. Where multiple opinions and theories abound, the authors introduce the reader to a variety of interpretations and the merits of each.
While many of the author asides and comments may prove uncomfortably liberal for evangelicals or fundamentalists, I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in digesting the Bible. It's entertaining and captivating enough to read straight through like a novel, educational enough to use as a supporting study text, and consistantly useful enough to keep it on your reference bookshelves.
But I like the sequel even better because it not only gives you the short course on each book in the Bible, it helps you put it to practice.
The first book--How to Get into the Bible--is history. The second book--How to Get the Bible into My Life--is history applied to our lives today.
Both are helpful, well-written, and insightful.
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this book to be a companion in my bible study, but ended up reading it cover to cover. I like the way the writers have compared in timeline form, known world events and... Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2000 by cindy
I couldn't put it down. Concise biblical information on the times, people and events in easy to understand format. Read morePublished on March 10 2000 by Anonymous
I like this book because it gives a review of the main characters in the Bible and has an overall picture of the timeperiod and events for the Bible stories.Published on July 1 1999
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