14 May 2011

The Whole Bible Story by Dr. William H. Marty

Dr. William H. Marty has written what he calls The Whole Bible Story Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English.  In his introduction he writes:
When you write a book, editors want you to be able to state its purpose in a sentence or two. Here's my attempt: The purpose of this book is to tell the story of the Bible.

It is not a paraphrase of the Bible's sixty-six books, and it is not intended to replace Bible reading.  My hope is that it will motivate people to read the Bible.
Dr. Marty leads us through stories that many of us know, in chronological order.  He does not include the Books of poetry and prophecy from the Old Testament nor any of the the Epistles that follow the Books of the Gospel.

Though the content is well covered, as a writer myself I did not sense the flow of story in Dr. Marty's words.  To me this read much more like very expanded chapter notes from a study Bible.

I was disappointed in the style, but I do believe that the author's purpose was accomplished; his words did indeed drive me back to the pages of the Bible.

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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