Mark Time! book, along with its four free audio CDs, gives a clear, concise explanation of Mark's Gospel, in 52 short and easy-to-read chapters. Each chapter contains the whole text of Mark's Gospel on which it comments. The Bible versions, used in equal measure, are NIV, NASB, ESV, and NKJV. Each book includes a Mark Time! audio 4 CD set of 52 short sessions, each one mirroring both the text of Mark's Gospel and the explanation from the Mark Time! book. Reading and hearing really help to cement understanding.
Mark Time! Main Book: A Different Way to Enjoy Quality Time by Reading and Listening to Mark's Gospel Being Read and Explained
an excellent commentary on Mark's gospel
In reviewing this, I have three things to hand Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂMark Time Ã¢ÂÂ The BookÃ¢ÂÂ (which also includes 4 audio CDs), Ã¢ÂÂMark Time Ã¢ÂÂ Discussion CourseÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂMark Time Ã¢ÂÂ Correspondence CourseÃ¢ÂÂ. Taken together, this is an excellent walk through and commentary on the Gospel of Mark. With the addition of an optional correspondence course, readers are invited to complete summary question papers to gain a Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Achievement.
From a personal point of view, readers will gain a great value from the book, small groups will gain from following the discussion course and those looking to go more in-depth will certainly find completion of the correspondence course purposeful. I took my time to engage with these materials and found them to be valuable and thoughtfully composed Ã¢ÂÂ I think illustrating each section with a theme is useful and helps readers interact with what they are reading. The addition of the CDs is also an excellent foresight Ã¢ÂÂ although once or twice, you will find that what is quoted in the book does not match what is read on the CD.
My only real complaint is that I would have preferred that the KJV or NKJV bible translation were used throughout, because the use of four bible translations at various points seems inconsistent with the original purpose of having people read through their Gospel of St Mark alongside a study guide. I did hear a comment from a partner reader that its thoroughness could be its downfall Ã¢ÂÂ dividing the Gospel into 52 parts might seem off putting and very few people will commit to 52 discussion sessions or completing 52 test papers.
While I would not completely agree, as I have read books with a greater number of pages and chapters, a re-formatting to encompass the same content in a lesser number of sections might well have made it appear more accessible.
Overall, an excellent and accessible Gospel Commentary resource with themes explained and ideas expanded and reinforced. Highly recommended. The Discussion Course guidance particularly is excellent for groups.
August 15, 2011
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