A New Look at the Good Book
Author: Simon Loveday
Publisher: Icon Books
‘Loveday’s case is that the mantle of historical truth and divine authority has placed upon the Bible an intolerable weight, crushing it as a creative work of immense imaginative and inspirational power. His argument is both fascinating and persuasive.’ Matthew Parris The Bible for Grown-Ups neither requires, nor rejects, belief. It sets out to help intelligent adults make sense of the Bible – a book that is too large to swallow whole, yet too important in our history and culture to spit out. Why do the creation stories in Genesis contradict each other? Did the Exodus really happen? Was King David a historical figure? Why is Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus so different from Luke’s? Why was St Paul so rude about St Peter? Every Biblical author wrote for their own time, and their own audience. In short, nothing in the Bible is quite what it seems. Literary critic Simon Loveday’s book – a labour of love that has taken over a decade to write – is a thrilling read, for Christians and anyone else, which will overturn everything you thought you knew about the Good Book.
A New Look at the Good Book
Author: Simon Loveday
'Loveday's case is that the mantle of historical truth and divine authority has placed upon the Bible an intolerable weight, crushing it as a creative work of immense imaginative and inspirational power. His argument is both fascinating and persuasive.' Matthew Parris The Bible for Grown-Ups neither requires, nor rejects, belief. It sets out to help intelligent adults make sense of the Bible - a book that is too large to swallow whole, yet too important in our history and culture to spit out. Why do the creation stories in Genesis contradict each other? Did the Exodus really happen? Was King David a historical figure? Why is Matthew's account of the birth of Jesus so different from Luke's? Why was St Paul so rude about St Peter? Every Biblical author wrote for their own time, and their own audience. In short, nothing in the Bible is quite what it seems. Literary critic Simon Loveday's book - a labour of love that has taken over a decade to write - is a thrilling read, for Christians and anyone else, which will overturn everything you thought you knew about the Good Book.
Author: Trevor Dennis
Publisher: Lion Children's
The great stories of the Old and New Testaments are best understood in the contexts in which they were shaped: contexts which help sift storytelling and history, poetry and prose, chronicle and commentary. Trevor Dennis is an academic theologian with a gift for storytelling. In this highly acclaimed Bible retelling, now available in a new format edition, he goes back to the roots of the biblical writings, bringing fresh insights into the familiar stories in his novelistic retelling. His aim to bring the stories of the Bible alive is achieved in a book which brims with verve, humour and originality, in a style that will appeal to readers of all ages.
Author: James Morrow
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Short fiction of biblical proportions—and bent—from the science fiction satirist and author of The Godhead Trilogy. James Morrow, “the most provocative satiric voice in science fiction,” unabashedly delves into matters both sacred and secular in this collection of short stories buoyed by his deliciously irreverent wit (The Washington Post). Among the dozen selections is the Nebula Award–winning story, “The Deluge,” in which a woman of ill repute is rescued by the crew of the ark, who must deal with the consequences of their misguided act of mercy. Also included is a follow-up to the Tower of Babel fable, an unprecedented nativity, and an attempt to stand so-called creation science on its head. Nothing is spared in a collection that “deliciously skewer[s] not only Judeo-Christian mythology but other sacred cows of modern society, from capitalism to New Age spiritualism” (Booklist). “Morrow’s is a blend of parody and commentary which challenges readers to reflect upon the human spiritual condition.” —Midwest Book Review
Author: Jonathan Goldstein
A hilarious re-imagining of the heroes of the Old Testament for a modern world-and the neurotic, demanding reader. In the beginning...there was humor. Sure, it's the foundation for much of Western morality and the cornerstone of world literature. But let's face it: the Bible always needed punching up. Plus, it raised quite a few questions that a modern world refuses to ignore any longer: wouldn't it be boring to live inside a whale? How did Joseph explain Mary's pregnancy to the guys at work? Who exactly was the megalomaniacal foreman who oversaw the construction of the Tower of Babel? And honestly, what was Cain's problem? In Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible!, Jonathan Goldstein re-imagines and recasts the greatest heroes of the Bible with depth, wit, and snappy dialogue. This is the Bible populated by angry loners, hypochondriacs, and reluctant prophets who fear for their sanity, for readers of Sarah Vowell and the books of David Sedaris. Basically, a Bible that readers can finally, genuinely relate to. Jonathan Goldstein's new book, I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow, will be available May 2013.
Author: Wilson Harp
The Bible is an essential part of the Christian experience, establishing and instructing our lives in the faith. In its pages are verses of praise, structure and guidelines of daily living, and encouraging words of inspiration. Held within its pages are also stories that show the history of God's work among his people and the actions of the great heroes of our common faith.Too often, we only hear the stories of the Bible in ways that relate to moral lessons and instruction, and while this is an appropriate use, the stories themselves, in their raw, original narrative, do an exceptional job of illuminating the relationship between God and his people.In Bible Stories for New Christians, all commentary is left out and the stories simply told. This is essential, because a strong background in these stories allows for deeper understanding of concepts in Christian discipleship such as sanctification, justification, and redemption.Whether you are a new Christian who has never heard these stories before, or a long-time believer looking to connect to the Bible in a fresh way, this book is for you.
40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible's Biggest Ideas
Author: Deron Spoo
Publisher: David C Cook
The Good Book offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible's biggest ideas. A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible. Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible, The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey. The Good Book: is a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity; gives new believers an overview of the Bible and lays a framework to help them understand Scripture passages; helps longtime Christians rediscover the basic themes of Scripture and experience these truths in a new way; and encourages Scriptural literacy as it pushes readers to read both one chapter of the book and one chapter of the Bible each day for forty days. The Good Book is great for individuals, and it can also be used by small groups in an eight-week church-wide program or a forty-week journey that focuses on one Bible chapter each week. The Good Book will help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible.
The Bible As a Novel
Author: Walter Wangerin
Publisher: Lion Books
'My purpose and effort in writing this 'holy history' was always to persuade the reader to feel - to experience, in fact and in spirit - this, the greatest of stories.' This innovative, dramatic and highly readable retelling of the Bible - from the Creation to the Acts of the Apostles - in the style of an epic novel has sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. This blockbuster is now being reissued with a striking new cover for the 21st century.
Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart
Author: Peter J. Gomes
"The Bible and the social and moral consequences that derive from its interpretation are all too important to be left in the hands of the pious or the experts, and too significant to be ignored and trivialized by the uninformed and indifferent.
Author: Dick Murray
Publisher: Abingdon Pr
Ten winning strategies and multiple approaches for effective Bible study. A contributory book for lay leaders, pastors, or individuals wanting to broaden their approach to Scripture. Revised and updated with a foreword by Lyle Schaller. Teaching the Bible to Adults and Youth shows how to make the Bible "transparent"--with God evident throughout.á Dick Murray offers suggestions for teaching, provides different approaches and perspectives from which to teach and conduct activities for learning, and examines such Bible study series as Kerygma, Trinity, Bethel, and Disciple.
How the Bible's Big Ideas Relate to YOU
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C Cook
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
As a kid-centric version of The Good Book, this guide draws readers (ages 8 to 12) into God's Word, encourages personal application, and provides great discussion starters for families. The Good Book for Kids is a friendly guide to biblical basics every kid should know. Like the adult book, this youth edition from bestselling author Lisa T. Bergren introduces readers ages 8 to 12 to the Bible's biggest ideas but in kid-friendly ways--through engaging storytelling, historical insight, and an "Imagine This" section. Each chapter includes a Scripture verse and discussion starters to help kids and families apply scriptural truths to their lives. The Good Book for Kids is great for individual reading or to be used over 8 weeks as part of a church-wide program, for Sunday school classes, or for family devotions. From Genesis to Revelation, The Good Book for Kids is inspiring for any family who wants to understand the Bible better and, more importantly, grow together in faith.
How the Church of England Lost the English People
Author: Andrew Brown,Linda Woodhead
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The Church of England still seemed an essential part of Englishness, and even of the British state, when Mrs Thatcher was elected in 1979. The decades which followed saw a seismic shift in the foundations of the C of E, leading to the loss of more than half its members and much of its influence. In England today 'religion' has become a toxic brand, and Anglicanism something done by other people. How did this happen? Is there any way back? This 'relentlessly honest' and surprisingly entertaining book tells the dramatic and contentious story of the disappearance of the Church of England from the centre of public life. The authors – religious correspondent Andrew Brown and academic Linda Woodhead – watched this closely, one from the inside and one from the outside. That Was the Church, That Was shows what happened and explains why.
Author: Paige Tate
Publisher: Paige Tate Select
Category: Games & Activities
This premium version includes removable 8 x 10 and 5 x 7 designs printed on thicker paper with perforated edges, perfect for framing! From illustrator Lindsay Hopkins who brought you Beauty in the Bible: Volume 2, this premium edition features removable 8 x 10 and 5 x 7 designs, printed on thick paper and perfect for framing. This book includes inspirational Scripture quotes such as "He makes everything beautiful in its time" and "He counts the stars and calls them by name." Every page is designed to let you focus on the beauty of Scripture and bring it to life through coloring. Paige Tate & Co. By the team behind the national bestseller Beauty in the Bible This adult coloring book is filled with both 8 x 10 and 5 x 7 designs, perfect for framing Printed on thick, premium quality paper with perforated edges Designs range in complexity from beginner to expert-level Provides hours of stress relief, mindful calm, and fulfilling expression through inspirational Scripture lessons and soothing patterns.
Author: James MacDonald
"God wrote a book." There is something very powerful in that simple statement. The book, of course, is the Bible, and because God is its author, it's the most important work ever written. Millions across the world agree with that, yet many believe it only conceptually, doubting that the words of the Bible are in fact the very words of God. Pastor James MacDonald addresses today's disturbing trend away from taking God's Word seriously. He clarifies the misconceptions that surround the infallibility, reliability, and historicity of the Bible and explains why he believes it is the inspired Word of God, how it originated, what the Bible is good for, and its benefits to us. Written to believers and non-believers who have questions, this book on the Good Book has the answers.
A Humanist Bible
Author: A. C. Grayling
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
A non-religious, humanist reference draws on secular literature and philosophy from both Western and Eastern traditions to consider such topics as the origins of the world, how to relate to others, and how to appreciate life.
Author: Kenneth Boa
A Devotional Study In today's world, the basic building blocks of a Christian world view are often missing in people's lives. To help fill in this missing information, Boa and Turner present a foundational, clear synthesis of the most significant narratives of the Bible along with the implications and applications of these interrelated stories. They present the big story in such a way that it will; (1) Connect the dots for readers of the Bible, demonstrating how each individual story is really one chapter in the larger story; (2) Show how Jesus is the point to the story, especially his death and resurrection; and (3) Build a biblical world view by showing how the Bible answers the ultimate questions of life.2
Big Ideas Simply Explained
The stories, events, and teachings contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelations explained with accessible text and bold graphics. The Bible Book explores the ideas and beliefs key to the teachings of the most widely printed religious book of all time. This highly visual book highlights more than 100 of the most important Biblical passages and explains their theological significance and key concepts. Profiles of primary figures-from Adam and Eve, to Peter and Paul-and places of the Bible, such as Jerusalem and Rome, add context to the scriptures. Essential theological concepts, such as the Trinity, God's omnipresence, and the salvation of Jesus' death, are explained in detail. Infographics illuminate the most significant concepts clearly and simply. The Bible Book is perfect for anyone with an interest in religion and the foundational text of Christianity and Judaism.
A Practical Guide for Adults
Author: Christine Eaton Blair
Publisher: Geneva Press
Blair outlines practical steps for becoming a better adult teacher. She empowers adult Bible study teachers by showing how adults learn best, giving teachers a better understanding of the nature of scripture, and providing teachers with an effective and usable model for teaching. (Christian)