The Book of Books: The Bible Retold  -     By: Trevor Dennis
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Lion Hudson / 2005 / Hardcover

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A vivid and imaginative retelling of stories from the Bible! Enhanced by black-and-white illustrations, Dennis's fresh and faithful interpretations of familiar Bible narratives bring the history of God's people alive with creativity, simplicity, humor, insight, and originality. A highly engaging, down-to-earth introduction to Scripture for teens, young adults, and new believers, this volume is sure to make anyone feel at home in the Bible's stories.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Lion Hudson
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825478677
ISBN-13: 9780825478673
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  1. TnkMarsh
    Washington
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 26, 2012
    TnkMarsh
    Washington
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    There is no more fitting a title then the title of "The Book of Books." Written by Trevor Dennis, this new bible interpretation is beautiful to look at and beautiful to read.

    Released in January 2012, this complete bible captures the attention of all who read it. Intended for young adults, each section has a thorough, concise, informational and easy to read back ground of who, when and why it was written. The bible stories themselves are very approachable yet very true to scripture. I appreciate that he made the bible easy to chew on for younger readers but not watered down as some versions for children tend to do.

    Since it arrived in the mail, the whole family has enjoyed reading from this book. We even took it with us on a road trip and read it the entire way! In the past I have highly praised "The Jesus Storybook" by Sally Loyd Jones for children. Now, I will add to my recommendations "The Book of Books" not just for young adults but families and adults alike. We will have this book forever and will continue to read this version of the bible bit by bit as a family as well as using it as a reference to gain insight and interpretation for bible study and other questions.

  2. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Bible Stories Retold
    June 25, 2012
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Retelling of Bible Stories for the 9+ year old...what a wonderful way to learn the bible.
    Read these to my younger Grandchildren ages 5 and 7, and they were asking for more! There are many poignant lessons to be learned, with them understanding what was being said.
    An example was the story of the donkey that was laden to the point of collapse...would you walk away and leave the animal without helping? How about if you hated the owner? A resounding "No"...they would help.
    Another example is the 23 Psalm which is written so they could understand it, and we read it in a timely manner...as they had just lost their Grandfather.
    The book has stories, poems, passages, and hymns...told by a skilled story teller. I highly recommend this wonderful book, and it is now a keepsake in our family.

    I received this book from the Publisher Kregel, and was not required to give a positive review.

  3. Leah Courtney
    Rock Hill, SC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Some Good Stories, But Not Literal Word of God
    June 24, 2012
    Leah Courtney
    Rock Hill, SC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2

    I was excited to get to review The Book of Books: The Bible Retold. The cover promises "A deceptively simple and brilliant retelling of the stories that make up the Bible." I was looking at this as a possible resource to use in conjunction with the Bible portion of Mystery of History for our next school year. I'm not a big fan of Bible "story books," but I have seen a few good ones; and this one held great promise.

    After some time spent looking over the book and reading through the stories, here are the conclusions I have come to:

    The Good:
    * Visually this is a very appealing book. The cover art is simple but well-done. The illustrations inside are simple and black and white, but they are very pretty.
    * Some of the stories are pretty accurate Biblically (I will explain more about this one later.)
    * The way the stories are arranged allows the whole of the Bible to flow into a meaningful story, still covering information from all of the books but remaining in chronological order.

    The Bad:
    * From the very beginning, the Bible is portrayed as a story, not the true and literal Word of God. I'm good with a paraphrase of Scripture, but phrases like this from the introduction of Genesis give me pause: "The Book of Books begins with a poem, a beautiful poem about the creation of the world...It seems to be a poem about the past, the very remote past; but it isn't really that at all. It is meant to give us a picture of the universe and the earth in particular, as it is meant to be, as God wants it to be, where everything is beautiful, everything is good." I teach my children that the whole of the Bible, beginning with the first chapter of Genesis is true and literal. This flies in the face of that teaching.
    * Some stories have major "changes." For example, Adam and Eve are created, not as man and women, but as a boy and a girl.
    * There is no Bible reference to tell where in the Bible to find these stories. A good Bible story book, in my opinion, lists Scripture references, so the story can be held up to the light of God's Word to be compared. There is nothing in any of these stories to tell where they came from in the Bible. A reader unfamiliar with God's Word would have trouble finding out where to find the true story. The exception to this is in the gospels. The Book of Books combines the passages of Jesus's life, and each story begins with a note to tell which gospels that story comes from.

    Unfortunately, those first two bad points are deal breakers for me. I cannot recommend this resource. Because we already have it, I can probably find a way to incorporate it as a secondary resource. I would not read the passages about creation. And, if I were going to use it, I would talk with my kids quite a bit about how the foundations of this book differ from our own beliefs about God's Word. Even though some of the paraphrasing makes for a simpler and easier to read Bible, the glaring references to God's Word as fiction would prevent me from using it.

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