After reading this book (actually you get two books for the price of one), you will have a much greater appreciation of not only the parables but how scripture was translated from ancient text into our modern day Bible. The first book, Poet and Peasant, really gives you an in-depth look at how Bailey formulates his views on scripture. He goes into how scripture passages are analyzed. This assists the Bible student to better understand concepts and the thought process of the author. It is really dry at times and you will visualize yourself back in a literature course studying the poetic rhyme schemes of ancient Greek literature. To have an idea what Bailey is talking about in this and other books you need this information as a basis. He also gives the reader a glimpse of the 1st Century AD culture and how it affects the interpretation of the parables. In the second half of the book he utilizes the methods described to analyze in detail four parables and two poems (the Unjust Stewart - Luke 16:1-8, Mammoth and God Luke 16:9-13, the Friend at Midnight - Luke 11:5-8, the Fathers Gift - Luke 11:9-13, the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin Luke 15:4-10, the Father and Two Lost Sons Luke 15:11-32). I would recommend that you read it first then read Through Peasant Eyes which analyzes in detail parables in Luke (The Two Debtors 7:36-50, The Fox, the Funeral, and the Furrow 9:57-62, The Good Samaritan 10:25-37, The Rich Fool 12:13-21, Pilate, the Tower, and the Fig Tree 13:1-9, The Great Banquet 14:15-24, The Obedient Servant 17:7-10, The Judge and the Widow 18:1-8, The Pharisee and the Tax Collector 18:9-14, and The Camel and the Needle 18:18-30). You will be able to relate to the parables as viewed in the times and through the eyes of Jesus audience. This book gives you the foundation for future study and a foundation for better understanding of Baileys other writings. I would recommend reading this book before any of his other works.