Stephen Miller's book was written to be "an easy-reading Bible reference book." Anyone who loves to read and study the Bible will find this reference source a treasure. Written in clear, understandable language, each book of the Bible (from Genesis to Revelation) is presented with a description of the books' context (main point, writer, date, location), important characters, and exposition of selected scriptures and topics. Ancillary features include helpful charts, colorful pictures and artwork, and sidebars explicating terms, events, concepts, etc. found in each book. I give it "two-thumbs up" and recommend it for personal Bible study libraries, and for academic libraries whose institutions support curriculum in Biblical Studies, as an introduction for beginning students.
This book is exactly what the title says: A complete guide to the Bible. Miller once again shows his strong intellect. This book offers amazing photographic illustations that are simply amazing, and the book is very well written and explained in a very understanding format.
A fun way to learn about a heavy book. I love the sidebars such as "The Dream Interpreter's Handbook" and "Did People Really Live Hundreds of Years?" Succinct, well-informed explanations of controversial Biblical issues set it apart from most other Bible Guides. The eye-popping photographs and wit of the author make it uniquely valuable to beginners and old pros.
What a wonderful companion for any student or teacher of God's Word! Where Miller's delightful word-pictures leave off, there are great maps, beautiful art and spectacular photographs that demand, not just a passing glance, but that one stops and spend time soaking in all of the intricate details. The Complete Guide To The Bible is a must to have as you journey through the most beautiful story every told. Most likely my copy will never make it to the shelf, but stay next to my Bible as a constant source of reference.
Stephen M. Miller keeps a streak alive of writing some of the most innovative, colorful, and basic guides available for Bible study. The Complete Guide to the Bible presents book by book synopses introduced by Main Point, Writer, Date, Location from Genesis through Revelation.The concept and the writing are guided by the authors imperative: I didnt write this for folks who understand Christian jargon. I wrote it for curious people who have more questions about the Bible than answers. Thus we find manna and quail that sustained the Jews in the wilderness described as fast food from heaven, the tabernacle as a mobile worship center, the Psalms as singing the blues for God, among many other descriptions and concepts using modern language from daily life. Throughout one finds fascinating details about Bible times, an abundance of beautiful artwork, numerous cross references and a magnificent index. While aimed at the Bible study novice, I predict that the more experienced purchasing this volume for beginner friends and loved ones will become so taken when browsing before gift wrapping that they will add a copy to their own libraries. There is plenty of substance here for Bible students at all levels.