I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The quality is exceptional. The paper is heavy and the photographs are the highest quality. You can't go wrong with this purchase. Can't figure out why this book is $20 and his other book is on sale for $4.99. If you are getting this book be sure to get his other one too. They are very interesting and packed full of information. Also he gives some sideline stories about his collecting efforts which I found entertaining and a good break from reading the intense information. Really enjoyed reading both of his books.
The author provides a good overall summary of the history of the Bible as it relates to the deriving the English text. The book provides a summation of the efforts, risk and cost that those who would dare to "translate" God's word to a common language.
It also provides in-sight to some of the inner workings that was present and affected to progress or lack thereof in getting God's word to all people. The inclusion of photographs of some of the original works also assisted in understanding the challenges of translation, printing and understanding the early efforts.
The only distraction that I found in the book is the side bars on how the author acquired some of his collection. It did help me realize that I will not have a chance to get my hands on the early books as the cost is VERY prohibitive.
All in all, if someone is interested in getting a glimpse into the history of the English Language Bible without having to drill into an extended history class this book is a good starting point.
Should be required reading for anyone going into ministry. Thank you Dr. Donald L. Brake, for this work and your dedication! How did we get the Bible and where does it come from is a question that most people I've tried to minister to in one way or another have 'asked' or expressed 'doubts' about...even when simply bringing up the name of 'Jesus' in a conversation.
The strengths I saw are as follows: Interesting details; scholarly; to the point and factual; brave regarding difficulties; dedication as a collector of the English Bible; comprehensive for the amount of pages used with quality visuals.
Weaknesses in my expectation were: Summary needed about the nation of Israel and their dedication to preserve the 'words of God' spoken through the prophets beginning with Moses; summary needed at beginning about Greek texts used in translations and how those came about and where they are now (though covered later in timeline of events); I kept asking, "Where are these manuscripts"? A summary in the beginning matching our Bible Preface/Introduction regarding the textus receptus, Byzantine, Western text, Latin Vulgate, and etc. that are stated in current Bible translations would have been a cherry on top for me. Perhaps a little help in how to read the Preface/Introduction of your Bible would have helped (my NKJV and ESV didn't match the chart at end of this book). In a new edition because of the Internet, people would like to look up the library, church, city, museum, or monastery of your book and follow your life as written in your book_though I'm asking a lot it would have been the whipped cream with my cherry on top! Thank you, again for your work.