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The Treasure of God's Word: Celebrating 400 Years of the King James Bible

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Celebrate the most influential book in the history of English civilization!

Scholars have long agreed that one of the greatest influences in the shaping of the English language is the King James Version of the Bible. The Treasure of God’s Word
is a celebration of the King James Version’s 400-year anniversary, continuing its legacy of inspiration to people in all walks of life. Scripture selections are divided into 45 topics that shed light on ...

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Overview

Celebrate the most influential book in the history of English civilization!

Scholars have long agreed that one of the greatest influences in the shaping of the English language is the King James Version of the Bible. The Treasure of God’s Word
is a celebration of the King James Version’s 400-year anniversary, continuing its legacy of inspiration to people in all walks of life. Scripture selections are divided into 45 topics that shed light on the vastness of God’s love for each one of us, as well as articles outlining the history of the translation from its original 1611 to present-day versions. It’s a ‘treasure’ that will bless anyone with a love for God’s Word and a belief that His promises hold true today as they have through the centuries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404189768
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Countryman is the founder of JCountryman® Gift Books, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers. His 30-plus years in Christian publishing have allowed him the opportunity to help create and develop bestselling gift books such as God’s Promises® for Your Every Need, God’s Promises® for Men, God’s Promises® for Women,and God Listens.

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    Anniversary Book is Truly a Treasure

    The King James Version of the Bible has been a standard in both English Literature and Bible scholarship. It continues to influence the work Bible translation today. Jack Countryman has put together a beautiful tribute to the translation, just in time for the 400th anniversary of the translation. Beginning with the beautiful leather-like hardcover volume the pages are gold trimmed, the lovely pages and readable Old English font makes this a great gift book for the holiday season. But getting beauty of the beautiful package, this is a highly informative and practical work on the history of the Authorized translation.

    In brief chapters spread throughout the work Countryman tells the story of the translation beginning with the origin of the translation, the process of translation, the history and development of the translation culminating in the story of the New King James Version translation.

    Between the brief chapters about the development of the translation, readers are treated to examples of the timeless King James text. The scripture selections are unique to books of passages. Rather than focusing on "God's Promises" the focus is on the character of God in first half of the book. These include God's love, God's Grace, God's holiness etc. The scriptures in the second half of the book deal with our responses to God's character revealed in the first half of the book. These include our praise and worship, our courage, or our inheritance, our hope etc.

    The result of the structure of the book is truly an act of worship. As you read the history, the character of God and our response the reader finds himself engaged in a act of worship of the Almighty God.

    This book is the pinnacle of 21st century writing in honor of one of the landmark books in English language history. I cannot stop raving about this book.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

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    A Real Treasure!!

    A beautiful tribute to celebrate 400 years of the King James Bible, the gift book titled The Treasure of God's Word is truly a treasure. Beginning with the earliest origins of the King James Bible, and following through each step to current day, the book ends with a simple summary that highlights how the King James Bible has endured to become one of the most loved translations of all time. Interspersed in this book are forty-five distinct passages that demonstrate and illuminate God's love and compassion for His people. Some of the topics covered are God's faithfulness, forgiveness, comfort and strength, as well as His wisdom and guidance. Each individual passage is followed by additional scriptures that further demonstrate the extent of God's love for us. This book was a pleasure to read, and it would make a gorgeous addition to any library. I was expecting a little more detail on the actual translation process, yet I still enjoyed learning about the transition from early 1600 to present day. The Treasure of God's Word would make a lovely Christmas gift! Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book through Book Sneeze, in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

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    A Great History of the Good Book

    I really enjoyed the historical record of the KJV as well as the scripture interspersed throughout. I had never really thought of the impact the KJV has had on the English speaking world from its inception through our contemporary society. It would be a very nice book to own or give as a Christmas gift. The scripture versese are even separated by topic like patience, comfort and love. I highly recommend this for any book lover particularly the Bible lover.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    Wonderful!

    I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book, but I have always loved the poetic language of the King James Bible so I decided to give it a try.

    The book arrived and the first thing that struck me was the beauty of the book itself. I'm afraid the picture does nt do it justice. The edges of the page are gold, the bookis a brick red hardcover with gold lettering. The cover is made of imitation leather with crimson stitching, and each page inside is on glossy paper that has been coloured to look like an old scroll. This book is a wonderful collectors item or gift.

    The actual content of the book is a selection of verses divided up into categories such as: God's Holiness, Our Friend, Power of Prayer etc. After every five sections of verses, there is a couple pages describing the history of the King James Bible and how it has evolved over since it's first publication 400 years ago.

    The book is not long, consisting of 165 pages, but well worth the read. It tells how the Bible shaped not only religious views, but the entire English language and culture as we know it. To anyone who loves the language of the King James Bible, it is a must have.

    5/5 Stars.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

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    The Treasure of God's Word, Celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible

    Four Hundred Years of Beloved

    Every so often you want to own a book just because it is so beautiful. The Treasure of God's Word, Celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible (Jack Countryman) is this years' choice. The deep reddish brown leather (?) cover with gold lettering is a gem.

    The 'aged' pages in coordinating style are soothing to look at and to read.

    Now for the content. This book tells the origin of the King James Version in short snippets that intertwine with favorite readings from the original text.

    Those verses are titled not by location but by content. That is, they are titled as God's Love, God's Faithfulness or God's Comfort and so on.

    The history covers things like the Profound Influence of the King James Bible.

    Did you know that without this particular version, there would have been no Paradise Lost, Pilgrim's Progress, Handel's Messiah or Gettysburg Address?

    Now of course we have many Bible versions, each with their own merits.

    But the King James was actually the first version available and readable by the every day person. Until 1611, they had to depend on clergy information. Now? those who wanted could finally read the Word in common everyday language .

    This book is an ideal gift for a King James advocate but more importantly, it reminds us that God's Word should be available to everyone, in their own everyday language.

    Brenda J. Wood

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    Elegance and Extraordinary

    The Treasures of God's Word Celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible is a keepsake that I will always treasure. The book is beautifully designed, the burgundy covering is elegant, and the gold lining of the paper is gorgeous. This book will bless your soul and the scriptures are very uplifting. The history of the Bible is such an added Bonus, it is worth reading over and over and over. The Treasures of God's Word just brings joy to my spirit every time I read the book. I love the entire book and it makes the perfect gift. You will definitely fall in love with this book and its entirety.

    The Perfect way to celebrate 400 years of the King James Bible, with such grace and adoration, it is a tremendous blessing to take part in the celebration. This book is definitely not for shelf sitting, but for basking in the full of learning and valuing the Word of God in its 400th plus years of printing and reprinting. Truly the reward of such great work of this collection deserves an applause. We Thank You for a wonderful and commendable work of art in a lovely cover.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

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    You will love this book!

    I received this book through Thomas Nelson and BookSneeze and I am not required to give this book a positive review. I am disclosing this information to you in accordance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines. The views expressed in this post are my own. This is an absolutely beautiful book! Burgundy leather with gold lettering, gold gilded pages and a fanciful, yet easy to read font. These make it perfect for gift giving...but you'll want to keep it for yourself. The book contains some of the most loved and well known passages of scripture from the original King James Version of the Bible. There are sections on God's patience, forgiveness and righteousness as well as our (humanities) desire, humility and servanthood. This book covers it all. It will become a go-to for words of encouragement and reminders of our Fathers' promises to us for all who decide to purchase it. The real highlight of of this book for me were the bits of history scattered throughout.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

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    A Book Rich in History

    The Treasure of God's Word Celebrating 400 Years of the King James Bible is the perfect gift book! It's beautifully bound with a leather like cover and the pages are all gold lined. This book is definitely appealing to the eye and would be picked up right away among many others, I'm sure!

    In The Treasure of God's Word Celebrating 400 Years of the King James Bible By Jack Countryman, you'll find many things to hold near and dear including the history of the King James Version of the Bible. The rich history from it's original 1611 to present-day versions was quite intriguing to learn about personally. Included also are 45 topics of different scripture relating to God's love, mercy, grace and more.

    This little book would make a wonderful gift and I highly recommend it!

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Treasure of God's Word by Jack Countryman from BookSneeze/Thomas Nelson Publisher for this review.

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  • Posted October 5, 2010

    Amazing read!

    Jack Countryman takes 45 passages from the Bible that reassures us of God's love and compassion and shares them with us in this wonderful book. Each passage is followed up by more similar scriptures. Broken up into chapters with titles such as God's Compassion, Our Salvation and God's Goodness the relevant passages and scriptures can easily be found according to the subject.

    Sprinkled throughout the book Countryman provides us with a history of the Bible.

    In 1604 eight hundred members of the clergy approached King James with the request that things within the Church of England be changed. A renovation of the Bible was not something they had requested, but Dr. John Reynolds who was the president of Corpus Christi college insisted that a new translation was needed.

    At the time, churches used the Bishops Bible, and those at home had the Geneva Bible. King James and others felt that the commentary in the sidebar of the Geneva Bible encouraged people to start a resistance against the King and the State.

    From 1604 to 1611 fifty four scholars and linguists worked together to do a revision on the Bible. In 1870 the Church of England did another revision, saying that outdated English words needed to be updated. 1970 the Bible saw it's last revision.

    This book offers us comfort by sharing some of God's Word, and gives us a glimpse into the past to see how and when revisions were made. It celebrates 400 years of the King James Bible that most of us use today.

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

    A Great Gift Book!

    The Treasure of God's Word: Celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible

    Compiled by: Jack Countryman

    This is a neat little gift book or coffee table book. It's about the King James version of the Bible. I can't remember the last time I read out of a KJV. It's been years. When I was baptized about 10 years ago, the elders at church gave me a New King James Version with my name on it and everything, and so ended my use of the KJV. Since then, I've used the NIV more and more, mainly because the only Portuguese-English Bible I could find was NIV.

    But this book was interesting. It wasn't a hundred pages all about the translation process and all the different revisions. When I was explaining to my mom what the book was about, she kinda had this look like, "You can seriously sit through that many pages of that?" lol. There are short little excerpts explaining the context of history that lead to a new translation and such. I learned about how they went about picking translators and how they split up the work. The majority of the book is a collection of Scriptures relating to a given topic. There were several topics, each having 7-10 Scriptures. Topics like:

    -God's Love: "But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him." [I John 2.5]

    -God's Patience: "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." [James 1.2-4]

    -Our Joy: "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places." [Habakkuk 3.18-19

    One thing that I learned that I didn't realize was that the New King James Version isn't very old at all. The entire Bible wasn't published in the NKJV until 1982. I don't know when I thought it was published, but I wasn't expecting in the last 30 years.

    I think now that I'm done with this book, I'm going to give it to someone who will really enjoy it...not that I didn't. lol. But I have a friend at work who has been struggling finding a place to worship. It doesn't help that she works nearly every Sunday. I've invited her to a couple of events where I attend, but the schedules just haven't aligned yet. Maybe one day. But anyways, she still faithfully stands by the KJV and won't read any other version. I think she'll really enjoy it. =)

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