From Publishers Weekly
Boyett (Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse
) packs a surprising amount of information into this little guide. With humor always at the ready, he dashes through a glossary of biblical terms, a list of key characters and a summary of every book of the Bible. The introduction kicks off with a nod to the difficulties of biblical interpretation and a few of the less-than-stellar movements it helped inspire ("The Bible has motivated its readers to tend the sick.... It also motivated the Crusades"). This forthright tone continues throughout, though Boyett clearly writes from an evangelical perspective. The guide also includes an interesting history of the English Bible and summary of translations. Younger readers who would like to be more familiar with the biblical text will appreciate Boyett's tone, while older readers who have been in the church most of their lives will learn—or be reminded of—many things along the way. The book has a few weaknesses: the endless list of books and biblical events gets tedious; readers may have benefited more from thematic summaries. And there are a few references those outside the church won't understand. But overall, the guide is well written, fun and brief—which, when you're attempting to summarize the entire Bible, is quite an accomplishment. (June 6)
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From the Publisher
It's the world's all-time best seller. It's the most influential book in Western civilization. It's sitting in practically every home in America. Yet few of us have a clue about what's going on within our Bibles' gold-lined, onionskin pages. Until now. In Pocket Guide to the Bible: A Little Book About the Big Book
, author Jason Boyett hilariously spotlights the events, characters and themes of the Old and New Testaments.