The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English

The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English

by Dr. William H. Marty

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ISBN-13: 9780801098642
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Edition description: Illustrated Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 121,742
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. William H. Marty has taught at Moody Bible Institute for thirty-seven years. His main emphasis has been teaching an Old and New Testament survey to freshman at the Chicago campus, and the fruit of his focus on teaching the story line of the Bible has been published in The Whole Bible Story. Dr. Marty has also written The World of Jesus and The Jesus Story and coauthored A Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible. The Whole Bible Story has been published in Korean, and The World of Jesus has appeared in German, Arabic, and Hungarian. Bill lives in Chicago with his wife, Linda, and they have two children and two grandchildren. Bill is an active triathlete and has competed at the national and international levels.

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Whole Bible Story 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Lucindareads More than 1 year ago
The Whole Bible Story, Everything that Happens in the Bible in Plain English by Dr. William H. Marty is not a Bible but a narrative taken straight from the Bible. Dr. Marty has taken the Bible and left out the laws, genealogies, prophecies, poetry, and instructions and given us it's story. The story from creation from salvation comes alive in this easy to read book. This book is all of the Bible stories we learned as children and maybe some we missed. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a very easy read and just got me back to basics of the story of God and his amazing works. I thought the Bible stories came alive and kept me engaged. It was fun to revisist some Bible stories I have not read in a long time. I would encourage anyone looking for something to read or someone new to the Bible and the Christian faith to read this book. Disclaimer: I was provided this book by the publishers at Bethany House for the purpose of an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely mine.
The-Little-Man-in-China More than 1 year ago
Many of us have spent our lives under the teaching of the Word and have always strived to faithfully read it on a personal basis. A problem that often occurs in situations like this, however, is that we tend to learn the Word only as a collection of doctrines or stories and we ultimately lose the big picture. What Dr. Marty has developed in The Whole Bible Story succeeds as an almost novel-like presentation of the historical events of Scripture in chronological order, giving his readers the beginning-to-end understanding of the Bible that often gets lost in year-long read-throughs of Scripture. While skipping lengthy prophecies, poetry, sermons, and epistles, Marty develops the Bible story (or "true history," rather) through nineteen chapters: twelve for the events of the Old Testament, and seven for those of the New. He opens each chapter by introducing the characters and events depicted, and he closes each with a brief summary. These nineteen summaries of summaries, in fact, offer an even more succinct overview of biblical history for any reader who needs a simple refresher on the order of Biblical events. While I enjoyed Marty's writing in this book and greatly appreciated the larger perspective on Scripture that it gave me, I do see one small problem with the book. I fear that some may take this book, as simple as it is, as a replacement for God's true Word and slow down their reading of the Truth. Events are certainly important, and this overview can certainly prove beneficial, but while it discusses the events of the Bible, it is not the Bible. Without the true words of God the Father, and without the doctrine of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that permeates every book and verse of Scripture, this book is nothing more than an entertaining historical review. [Note: I received this book free for review from Bethany House] ©2011 E.T.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Just the facts, Ma'am!" Perfectly describes this book. I found it to be boring. He does add a bit and conjecture some and leaves out a great deal. Too much. Especially, the ending. By the way, check out how deep the Mediterranean Sea is. Could you hold your breath long enough to get caught alive in the weeds of the bottom? What did Jonah say about it? To him, Sheol was not hell on earth but a real place for the physically dead. Read the real Bible to see what he wrote about it. For a good overview of the Bible, find a good children's Bible story book. They're much more interesting than this. Perhaps, I am not a fair judge. I love the Bible. All of it. The Author, the Holy Spirit, helps me put it all together: God's plan for the redemption of mankind.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
The Whole Bible Story is basically what the title implies. Dr Marty has written a condensed summary of the story of the Bible beginning with the creation account through the New Testament church age. It is divided into chapters kind of by time period, such as, Creation through Babel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and sons, Moses and the Exodus, etc.... The last chapter is The Story of the Church. To me, it seemed kind of like a kids story book, except for grownups. It is a pretty easy, well written, interesting read. Dr Marty has taken Bible history and summarized it in chronological order so those who have a difficult time understanding the Bible can read it in sequence and get the whole picture. The pros - it provided the whole story, broken into chapters, to be better understood it could be read rather quickly it is easy enough to follow it gives the whole picture it is illustrated, which helps us relate better to the places and people and times The cons - it is not the same as reading the BIBLE itself it is not inspired it is missing key parts of the Bible such as the Psalms, Proverbs, Epistles, Revelation My personal opinion is that as long as a person reads this as a book, written by man, to better understand the background and history of the Bible and get the picture as a whole, it is good. But it needs to be read with the understanding that this is not God's word! It is not inspired. It is not Scripture and there is alot of good material that you will only find in the Bible itself, that has been left out. The purpose of this book was to create a desire in someone who doesn't understand the Bible to read it. I pray it does that, and is not used as a substitute for Bible reading! There is nothing like hearing from God through his inspired word. I received a copy of this book courtesy of BakerBooks to read. I was not required to review positively. All opinions are my own.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This books was every encouraging from every word writing and compelling to read with all of the hard working of the author had been done a greatest job with the story of this book had a photo and the map that will bring the story back to life and comfort to learn and study of the story of Bible easy step by step to join in God’s story. This is a power message of God’s that all the Christian would like to discovery it. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received a complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books for this review “
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read it I'm so into books and authors like this! That makes me feel not alone of the world of GOD because mostly and most people don't care, number one, and number two they they have no time for him anyway! So thats why I am in Love with the whole truth, of the whole bible!!!!! O.M.G. so AWSOME nothing bettr then this!
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brandon_me More than 1 year ago
My Bible weighs in at a whopping 1,708 pages. Contained within those pages are numerous (and hard to pronounce) names, places, and events that can overwhelm those who are reading them for the first time. Most often it is suggested that a new believer should start with the Gospel of John or his first book, but even then it can be hard to pick up the story mid-stream. So what can we do to help them fill in those blanks and fit the many pieces together? This is where Dr. William H. Marty's book The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in The Bible in Plain English comes in. Marty saw the frustration many new believers experienced when approaching the Bible for the first time. His goal was to write the events of the bible out in story form, allowing the reader to gain a quick overview of these events within the context of the overall storyline. Not a commentary per say, but a bible story, much like the ones we've read to our children, only for adults. I'm left with mixed feelings on the success of his endeavor. He does cover the historical events, and there is much to be gained in reading this as an overview of the bible and to help one fit the pieces together, but I think there is a real need to thread these events together with more than just a timeline. A new believer would be helped by understanding the narrative by more than just the chronological order. The author intended to leave out commentary and let the events speak for themselves, but a few well placed explanations could have gone a long way in showing the relevance of many of the individual points. I would have loved to have seen this written to expose how God's plan of redemption is woven throughout the whole Bible. This thread would have tied the story together into the person and work of Christ, greatly strengthening the faith of the reader. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to give the impression that the book is of no use. I found it especially helpful in the chapters dealing with the events covered in the books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles. The history of Israel and the progression of Kings and wars can get confusing to say the least. Reading these events in condensed summaries did help me to remember them, and in the right order. The book of Genesis is another in which people tend to get lost in the vast amount of time and space. A lot happens between creation and the death of Joseph. Here again this book proves itself handy. To sum it all up, if your looking for a resource that allows you to quickly wrap your head around the history presented in the Bible, then The Whole Bible Story might just be the book for you. If your looking for more of a theological understanding, then you may want to look for other options. I'd like to thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me this free copy for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently got a book from Bethany House Publishers titled "The Whole Bible Story" by Dr. William H. Marty. Before I get started, I need to tell you that I don't have to give this book a good review, because of some law thing. Anyway, the whole premise of this book is to tell the Bible story in "plain English". This is not a new concept, considering this is how most of the more contemporary Bible versions (like NLT, NIV, the Message, etc.) got started. This is a good book, very easy to read, and is wonderful for someone who is either not a Christian or a new Christian. This book is set up almost like a play, with each chapter opening with main characters and the setting. Then it goes to tell the Bible story, nearly verse by verse without the little superscripts that mark the verses, breaking each chapter up into different "acts". At the end of each chapter there is a chapter summary, summarizing the chapter, obviously? The Bible itself has a lot of repetion between different books (i.e, I and II Samuel, I and II Kings and I and II Chronicles, the Gospels, etc.) This book eliminates this, because it reads as a chronological book. This book does, however, leave out books such as Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and all of the letters. By no means does the book replace a Bible, but it is a good explanatory guide as well as a good chronological guide.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Dr. William H. Marty in his new book, "The Whole Bible Story" published by Bethany House Publishers writes about "everything that happens in the Bible in plain English Well it is not really "everything" that happens in the Bible, Dr. Marty has deliberately left off the Epistles and Revelation. What Dr. Marty has intended to do with this book is to provide a Biblical narrative that is the story of mankind and salvation. "The Whole Bible Story" is not a paraphrase or another translation this is a prose story of the events in the Bible up to the end of the book of Acts. If you have never read the Bible or if you feel that reading the Bible is very difficult, especially the "begats" and most of the laws (that seems to be where most readers bog down) then reading this book will be a big help for you. Dr. Marty has given us a clear narrative of the events that caused the need for salvation and the events that led up to the coming of Jesus. Then he takes us through the life of Jesus, his death and the birth of the Church. Once you read this book it will give you a real taste to read the actual Bible and then understand the true richness of the Bible. Once you get started you will not want to stop. I recommend this book highly. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
DSaff More than 1 year ago
The Bible is a wonderful book filled with the miracles, power, and love of God. But many people don't pick it up because they think it is difficult to read and/or understand. In his new book, "The Whole Bible Story," Dr. William Marty takes the reader through the Bible story using, as he puts it, plain English. The book breaks down the Bible's 66 books into 19 sections plus an Epilogue. Each section points the reader to a part of the story, listing the main characters and settings. When read as a whole, the reader gets an easy to understand Bible synopsis. It can also be used in conjunction with the Bible because Dr. Marty includes the Scripture passage(s) for each chapter. I found this book a little hard to read because I love to read my Bible, and at times I thought the language here was too plain, too simplistic. But, when I think of the many people who don't read the Bible but hunger for the story, I find this book to be a wonderful addition to libraries. Dr. Marty is extremely knowledgeable and his love for the Bible story is clearly seen through these pages. I want to thank Bethany House for my copy of the book. The opinions here are mine.
jrforasteros More than 1 year ago
For the last few months, I've been on a minor quest to find a good book to give people that will introduce them to how to read the Bible in a meaningful way. So when I saw this book, I got excited. In the introduction, Dr. Marty claims his purpose is to tell the story of the Bible. It is not a paraphrase of the Bible's sixty-six books. This book skips important information. It is an effort to synthesize the storyline of the Old and New Testaments minus the laws, messages, prophecies, and parables. With very little commentary, I'm trying to give 'just the facts' - to tell the story as it is recorded. It sounds like a noble goal, but Marty's task is flawed from the start. When you strip away the larger story of the scriptures, you lose the heart of the story. You lose the context that gives the stories meaning. Marty mostly succeeds in giving us "just the facts", but in the process he renders the book useless to a beginner. It's the Heath Brothers' "Curse of Knowledge" - for Marty (who is professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute), "just the facts" are enough. He has a lifetime of studying the cultures and customs of the Biblical peoples that provides him with enough context that the facts have meaning. But for those who are not so lucky? The events of the Bible - "just the facts" - don't have enough meaning to be meaningful. That's why the Bible needs to be read in context and in community. I got the sense that Marty realized this - at least subconsciously - as he wrote. Sometimes, he did add interpretation. For instance, in Genesis 3, a snake tempts Eve. But Marty 'helpfully' interprets the snake as Satan. This is not a fact in Genesis 3; this is an interpretation. Which Marty is more than welcome to do (it's his book, after all) but he does this so inconsistently that it's unhelpful. And while the Old Testament section of the book was not great, Marty's approach is at least tolerable. It's not until he gets to the New Testament that the book falls apart. Marty assumes that all four of the Gospels are equally historically informative. He pays no attention to the Gospel writers' theological concerns, merely strips out the "facts" and smashes them all together. The result is an unfortunate violence to the Gospels. For instance: John moves Jesus' Temple Cleansing to the beginning of his gospel so that the whole of Jesus' ministry takes place in the context of a Holy Week. Not in Marty's book! Now Jesus just (very improbably) cleanses the Temple twice. And when he does conflate stories, Marty doesn't evince any method to choosing which Gospel author he's following. Sometimes John, sometimes Mark or Matthew and even occasionally Luke. The result is a jumbled and confusing narrative of Jesus' life (not teachings!) and death (his accounting of Holy Week is especially convoluted). The last time a church leader tried to do this with the Gospels, the Church roundly rejected it. We'd do well to let Marty's book fall into the same historical category - interesting, maybe a nice try, but ultimately irrelevant and useless. I was disappointed with this book - Marty's methodology only serves to reinforce the importance of a holistic approach to the Biblical story. Bottom Line: This book's not worth your time. By stripping the Bible down to 'just the facts', Marty has stolen from the Scriptures their heart and vitality. And that's not useful to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent overview