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Posted January 7, 2014
The Biographical Bible: Exploring the Narrative from Adam and Eve to John of Patmos was probably one of the most interesting Bible reading experiences I have ever embarked on. I found this book to be both engaging and informative, but it was also unusual.
The Positives:- It offered a chronological approach to Bible review.- It cited several references and statements of assessment from prominent books and theologians throughout.- It included maps and pictures so that the reader might be able to better comprehend an introduced subject matter. - Topics of narrative discussion included familiar and less familiar subjects.- The author provided a condensed summary at the end of each section.- Further reading indications were noted per chapter.- The outline was attention-grabbing.(Iloved the way Tucker broke down her "talking points.")- The sections containing the notes and index were quite thorough.
The So So's:- The book had a bit of a contemporary voice mixed with the historical.- The e-reader format... This was a lot of information to digest. (Reader options need to be strongly considered on the whole.)
The Negatives:- While the author initially indicated that she stayed pure and authentic with her presentation of material, I found this to be somewhat of a stretch. Even from the beginning, I could not help but hear her voice, her thoughts, and her take on matters. This remained the case throughout the material.- The injection of the humorous tones in the reading was not to my liking. I found it to be corny at times.- It seemed that many presumptions were made as it related to the whys of what someone may have done. I felt that this was confusing and that it might very well lead someone astray on their quest to understand Bible figures.
Other: - Personally, I would have liked to have direct Scripture references per chapter to go along with the discussed subjects as they were introduced. Even with a narrative approach to the Bible, this could be a plus for anyone intent on studying Bible material. It was tedious going from front to back in terms of the notations. This might be easier to manage with a copy in hand, but for an e-reader, it was not fun.
All in all, I liked this book. I could see myself using it as a quick reference for a brief overview on a particular man or woman from the Bible. Whether or not I would recommend it to others is still under review.
Rating: 3.5/5Recommend: TBDBookshelf Worthy: Still under considerationOptions: Quick reference resourcePreference: Softcover versus e-copy or hardcover
A complimentary e-copy of this title was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The words I have shared are my own constructive critique. I was neither compensated for this review, nor was I expected to give a positive review.