Make no mistake, Walter Wangerin is an amazing storyteller. I am referring to the audio version of his "Book of God," which he reads with animation and liveliness.
But it should also be perfectly clear that this is historical fiction, or biblical fiction if you prefer. At times it is even a bit of a commentary on the Bible, but it is not the Bible, nor are some of his characterizations consistent with Christian tradition.
Personally, I think Wangerin is at his best with the Old Testament portion of his narrative. Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, David and Jonathan (not to mention Bathsheba), come to life in his telling. Wangerin has obviously done his homework, weaving in accurate images based on archeological findings, and adding vibrant personality and powerful emotions to these familiar stories.
In the New Testament portion, there were times when I felt his portrayal of the Apostles or the women, such as Mary Magdalene, were not entirely in keeping with traditional Christian understanding of these heroes of the faith.
Having said that, Wangerin has done a great service if he can interest individuals into doing their own research in the Scriptures or in early Church history.
With minor reservations, I can still recommend this "Book of God," especially in audio format.