My first question was, what spiritual insights can I really learn from Shakespeare? Surprisingly, quite a few. And of course, the real meat of the devotional is Bob Hostetler's thoughtful commentary. He takes the issues raised in the Bard's writings (and believe me, ol' Willie S. discussed just about every human experience) and applies a biblical twist to it. What a delightful and creative devotional!
I was never a fan of Shakespeare. In fact, I dreaded going to class to study Shakespeare and was relieved when it was over. As a teenager, I just didn't get it. But I am a fan of Bob Hostetler's writing and have read many of his books. So I decided to give his book, The Bard and the Bible a try.
Well let me tell you how surprised and delighted I was to read this book of devotionals! In this creative and fascinating book, I was wowed by inspiring insights from the Word of God and Shakespeare. Yes, even Shakespeare!
The Bard and the Bible consists of 365 devotionals, one for each day. Bob's book is like a bag of Lay's Potato Chips. You don't want to stop at one! I have to admit that I'm guilty of reading several in each setting and savoring each one.
This book is beautifully written and once again, Bob Hostetler does not disappoint. This is a marvelous book for Shakespeare lovers (and for those - like myself - who weren't). You'll enjoy his wit. This is a five-star book.
It makes a great gift. I also encourage you to read Bob's other books. They're simply amazing!
Judy Gyde, Author
Harvest Fields: Sowing Your Faith, Reaping God's Joy
"A wonderful devotional book, The Bard and the Bible, written by Bob Hostetler is both delightful and inspirational! Bob's knowledge of Shakespeare and the Word of God make this such and enjoyable devotional read, you want to continue past the daily requirement. I must admit I did just that! I read it many pages at a time, sorry Bob! You will enjoy the history, the poetry and vignettes of the Elizabethan era brought into perspective."
After reading just a few pages of The Bard and the Bible, I was amazed at the way Bob seamlessly pairs together lines from Shakespeare with scripture. Each devotional not only gives you background information linked Shakespeares writing, but brings the topic at hand into our everyday spiritual lives. Even if you havent picked up Shakespeare since high school, spending a couple minutes a day with this book is a must!
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Oh-wows and ah-has for every day of the year, Bob Hostetlers The Bard and the Bible combines Shakespeare and the King James Bible with a devotional thought. I love the beautiful sprinklings of history and delightful facts that interest, inform and then inspire. Too heavy or overly highbrow? Oh no. This is a fun, light and entertaining read for anyonefrom peasant to professor. What a great combotimeless literature, with a consistent reminder that Gods Word is so relevant for every day.