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.
A Brilliant Bible Companion Guide!I have been studying the Bible for nearly 40 years and have all of the best guides to the Bible I know of on my bookshelf. I would NOT be without this one! This book is like having a knowledgeable friend, "talk you through" the scriptures: simply explaining what otherwise may be complex, thoughtfully challenging common assumptions, convincingly answering difficult questions and, most importantly, boldly asserting divine authorship. Like sunshine, Miller's Complete Guide to the Bible helps to, "clear the fog." I will recommend it to everyone who attends my BibleLEARN seminars. I only wish it would have been available four decades ago! - Dr. Al Gossan Jr., D. Lit., Religious Education
This book is awesome. It is really easy to read, has very helpful pictures, and seems to be unbiased. The writer tells what scholars say and why they say it. He doesn't push his beliefs on the reader like most Christian authors do.Also, the book is set up to guide you through each book in the Bible. It provides short, but not too short, summaries of each book. It tells about all of the main events and all of the main characters. I'm not too familiar with a lot of the bible stories so this book was great for me.The book is packed with up to date information and makes for a great buy. I think it would be helpful for everyone wanting to learn more about the Bible as well as for people in need of a good Bible reference book.I'm really glad I got this book!