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Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible [Hardcover]

Don Reid
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July 1, 2002 0892215267 978-0892215263

This book is about some folks in the Bible you probably have read or heard about. But instead of the dusty, dry, old characters that we tend to think of them as, I hope I have fashioned something that will entertain as well as inform. These chapters are more than a thumbnail sketch, but not necessarily in-depth studies. If you're a Bible scholar, you may read a chapter and refresh your memory. If you're an average churchgoer, you may find a few new, interesting facts you missed the last time his or her name came up. And if you're a complete novice, then dig in because you have some fun stuff to catch up on. These guys were human and saintly and weak and strong and good and evil and right and wrong and every other set of opposites you can think of. These were real people and their stories never get old.

If you're a parent, share the stories with your kids. If you're a grandparent, share them with your kids' kids. If you're a Sunday school teacher, share them with your class. And if you're a preacher, then God bless you. Dinner is at one and we're having fried chicken.

Don Reid is an original member of the Statler Brothers country music singing group, a songwriter and scriptwriter. When the group retired from traveling in 2002, Don authored his first book, published by New Leaf Press. His second book recounts memories of growing up in a southern Protestant church. Don is happily married to his wife, Julie.



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Don's writing style is very down-to-earth and easily read. A great book for anyone studying the Bible. --Roger Howerton, Acquisitions Editor, New Leaf Press

About the Author

Don Reid has spent the last 40 years as a part of the world-famous Statler Borthers, country music's premier singing group. During his celebrated career, he has written over 200 published and recorded songs, many of them number one and top ten hits. He has won numerous awards including 3 Grammies. This is Don's first book of his blossoming writing career. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Deborah.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 170 pages
  • Publisher: New Leaf Press (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892215267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892215263
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible October 14, 2002
Format:Hardcover
I love this book!! It is so interesting. I learned so many exciting facts about these Bible characters and about the Bible, (I can't wait until we study one of these people in Sunday School) It was so inspiring for me and sent me back to the Bible to reread these accounts again, this time with greater interest and insight into these characters, the greatness of God and the privilege of salvation. It also sent me into myself to take a good look at me. When I was finished reading the book I didn't have that usual let down feeling, I just read it again. It is strange how much I missed the first time. It is not a very long book but it is packed full of wonderful reading.
I recommend this book for anyone anytime. It is a book that will be read over and over.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable and enlightening July 30, 2002
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book because it relates some great stories in a highly entertaining, easy to read fashion (the author has a great sense of humor) without ever being "preachy" or "heavy-handed". This writing style makes it very easy to absorb (and appreciate) the very important points being made by the author. I can see this book appealing to those just starting to read the Bible as well as those who are already students of the Bible. Don Reid does an exceptional job of making the people of the Bible seem just like you or me, which makes relating to them that much more special.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible's most famous and infamous figures November 5, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Heroes And Outlaws Of The Bible: Downhome Reflections Of History's Most Colorful Men And Women by Presbyterian Elder and Sunday School Teacher Don Reid (who is also an original member of the country music signing group the Statler Brothers for nearly forty years) is an amazing and revealing look at the Bible's most famous and infamous figures. Presenting Biblical stories in plain layman's terms, Heroes And Outlaws of the Bible is an eminently readable yet utterly fascinating retelling of timeless struggles. As entertaining as it is informative, Heroes And Outlaws Of The Bible is very highly recommended reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eight Wonderful Studies of Biblical Heroes September 8, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Don Reid's "Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible" profiles eight Bible characters with comprehensive and Biblically sound synopses of their lives and their relationships with God. In fact, they could be considered eight mini studies. Each biography references the Biblical address where the subject's story appears in scripture. Reid, the former lead singer for The Statler Brothers, conveys a depth of Biblical knowledge that comes only from the discernment of the Holy Spirit and good country living.

The foreword is written by Jimmy Dean. Yes, THAT Jimmy Dean. He is a longtime friend of Don Reid and offers a glimpse of insight into the author. This wonderful non-fiction book also contains some drawings that put the heart of the biographies into new perspective. This is a terrific resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read... January 8, 2011
By Perla
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I am now a huge fan of Don Reid! Always loved The Statlers but never thought there would be an author in the group! Alot of books about the Bible are so dull and dry that reading is impossible. Don brings these people to life for us in a way that we can understand...more more more Don!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Way To Read Bible Stories October 7, 2010
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This book is just perfect for those who have trouble following the Bible. It is written in a clear and concise way. It is also entertaining and amusing. It tells Bible stories in today's language: Easy to understand. It is also good for those who want to refresh a little of their Biblical knowledge, or for children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read August 25, 2008
By TriciaB
Format:Hardcover
This book is a great read for everyone who wants to learn a little more about great people of the Bible. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HEROS AND OUTLAWS OF THE BIBLE November 1, 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
I read the book upon arrival. Today, I'm going to read it again.
I was amazed when I read these stories. The scriptures are difficult to understand for the laymen. Don has made it intersting and at times entertaining. Knowing him and his ability to put lifes situations on paper, then in song for so many years, enabled me to really enjoy this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Find
I was pleased with the condition of the book. I believe my husband will love this book and I am going to read it too.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Henson
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes and outlaws of the Bible.
It was enjoyable and informatived. I have also been a follower of the Statler Brothers almost since they formed their band.
Published 1 month ago by Martha E
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible
I just finished reading Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible by Don Reid. I found this book very interesting. I have been a coordinator of scripture study in our church for 23 years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alma V. Erris
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this
This was an excellent book. I enjoyed it every single minute when I was reading it. I would love to read another book by this author.
Published 3 months ago by M. Jane Hickerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Are Statler fans
Easy and enjoyable reading. Made Bible heroes real people like all of us. Good stories to read to children and grandchildren.
Published 9 months ago by greyhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I love the author's conversational approach to Biblical Characters. A good read whether you are familiar with the characters or not. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Elice
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Even though I know the stories and people in the book, I loved the way it was told. So down to earth and easy to understand.
Published 12 months ago by Sharon Pritchard
5.0 out of 5 stars A very wonderful book
Don Reid is a wonderful storyteller. I really enjoy the way he held my attention. I recommend this book very highly.
Published 12 months ago by Philip McLain
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads just like the Statlers sounded
Good old down home talking. Reminds of the words of their songs. Love his style and knowledge of the subject
Published 13 months ago by craftymom
5.0 out of 5 stars HERO AND OUTLAWS OF THE BIBLE
DON REID IS NOT ONLY A GOOD SINGER HE IS ALSO SUCH A GOOD WRITER. KEEPS YOU READING UNTIL THE END. BOUGHT IT FOR MYSELF AND MY GRANDDAUGHTER ALSO LOVES ALL HIS BOOKS TOO. Read more
Published 18 months ago by MARY ANN
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