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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible, 3rd Edition

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    Not for Idiots, not just for Christians, but for everyone who wants to be Biblicaly literate and enjoy the process of becoming so.

    Many times I have set out to read the Bible from cover to cover. I almost always got bogged down in Deuteromony.

    A basic knowledge of the Bible is necessary to be culurally literate. In everyday language, biblical phrases and stories abound. This book makes it possible for people of all ages and faiths to read and enjoy the essence of the Bible. It reads like a narrative but adds litte asides of interesting cultural, linguistic or geographical tidbits tha enhance the story.

    I particularly enjoy the section titles that seem to capture the key point of the story in a few clever and sometimes delightfully sarcastic words. This alone keeps the reader going.

    Although some parts of the Bible are not included in the narraive, they are not key to understanding the message and the writer points to them for those who want to pursue more thorough study.

    The writer includes a preview and a "key points to remember" for each section. This is a very helpful technique. The author did an exellent job of picking out the essential learnings so that the reader is not overwhelmed. Kind of like the study guide for an imaginary test.

    This book can be used as a stand alone, or read alongside the Bible itself. It is not a translation of Biblial text, nor is it intended to be a study guide. It is not a paraphrase. It is more of a story of the stories of the Bible. Therefore it is a perfect venue for seasoned Bible study veterans who want to relax and take a bird's eye view. It is also suitable for readers who want to know about the Bible as literature and might even be great tool for a college literature class. Those who embrace Christianity as their faith but who are somtimes embarrased by lack of knowledge of the Bible might find this to be a great resource. Young people would find it easy reading while the tongue-in-cheek remarks and witty subtitles make it interesting. I highly recommend this book to people of all faiths and all ages.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

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    Haven't finished reading this, but have found it great as a read-along book with my Bible. Trying to read the Bible through, and this book helps me understand some things I otherwise wouldn't understand. Very easy to read.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

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    Cristianity isnt a religion ...... its a life style at my birth i would've died if it wasnt for the grace of god and 12 years later look what god has done for me so if anyone wants to stand up with me come on..... but for those of you who want to test the name of the lord ....... forget about it!!!!!! Dont even think about thinking about thinking about thinking about thinking about it!!!!!! Do i make myself clear? Thats what i thought!!! P.s. the answer is yes !!!!

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