Saturday, April 2, 2011
Book Review: The story of the Bible by Larry Stone
The very best thing about reviewing books for companies is receiving books for free. You never know what you are going to get.... Sometimes the copies are early editions with weird texture pages. Sometimes they are damaged paperbacks or hardbacks..... and sometimes they are beautiful! (Can you tell I love books?)
This book was the biggest WOW I have had since beginning my hobby of book reviewer. This beautiful, 96 page, oversized hardback book gives a broad, if not deep, overview of the history of the Bible.
The first part of the book is a history of ancient manuscripts and offers explanation as to why the authenticity of scriptures can be trusted. The Bible is an amazing book.... It was written in three languages by more than 40 authors over a period of fifteen hundred years! The author does a superior job of explaining all of this to the reader.
Next, the book covers the early church., including descriptions of several important persons and events in chronological order as well as exploring the impact scriptures had from early Christendom on to the 20th Century. Biographies of men like Martin Luther and Johannes Gutenberg are important pieces to connect us to our spiritual heritage.
A fabulous component of this book that make it extra-ordinary are the 23 pull-out pages of ancient manuscripts that are stored in pockets throughout the book, in the appropriate places. These loose pages can be physically and completely removed from the book for use in various ways and then stored back in their original places.
I currently have three teenage boys living in my house. I plan to leave this book on my coffee table and I am confident it will be used!