This is yet another book from Stephen M. Miller to find a permanent place in my Bible resource library. It is sophisticated, yet simple all at the same time. Often, books on the Bible are, frankly, boring and seem to drag on to the point I often abandon reading them despite honorable intentions.This one includes beautiful, colored illustrations that spark your imagination and transport you back thousands of years ago.The word "complete" aptly describes this book as it covers Genesis through Revelation. Every book includes a summarization of Main Point, Writer, Date and Location.I love, love, love the generous number of short, colorful vignettes all along the way that catch your interest and provide all sorts of Bible "cool to knows".While easy to read, this book gives you the "nitty gritty" details, but always comes back to the big picture and important take-a-ways. The author asks us intriguing questions to ponder while sharing the differing, common day answers according to today's theologians.This book tops my list to give as a gift for friends and family no matter what point they are in their Christian journey.
The book is singular is so many ways: the freshness of Millers expressions in the way he presents his material. The unusual format is great, the information is excellently presented. The larger than usual type makes it more desirable for older people. It is concise, yet complete. It is brief, yet thorough. It will challenge the average Bible reader, yet please the scholar. It is broad in scope, yet succinct in information. It is colorful in both pictorial presentation and verbal expression. It presents alternate views without bias. It is detailed, yet to the point. I suggest it will be of special of interest to all Christian public high school and home school students, all libraries, and all pastors book shelves, and church school teachers resource materials.
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.