'Very different! It makes the Bible as easy to read as a tabloid newspaper. It's great fun if you know the Bible fairly well. But it's also, of course, aimed at people who've never ever opened it. And maybe we do underestimate just how difficult that is if you don't know where to start. I could read it all morning actually!' -- BBC National Radio 2 (BBC National Radio 2)
'Aims to be a page turner and succeeds.' -- Christianity and Renewal (Christianity and Renewal)
'I read some of 'The Word on the Street' to the 250 people I was speaking to on Sunday morning. It got gasps and laughs and a spontaneous round of applause! Someone described it as 'The Message' with attitude. I had a long queue at the end wanting to know how to get a hold of a copy. It really is a brilliant piece of work.' -- Duncan Banks, Author of 'Breakfast with God' (Duncan Banks, Author of 'Breakfast with God')
'On scholarly grounds...I found little to correct and much to praise. Rob helped me discover angry and sad voices in passages of the Bible that had left me indifferent before, and he made me laugh at other passages that were so familiar to me that I had never seen the healthy irreverence, humour and irony they expressed.' -- Dr. David Trobisch, Professor (Dr. David Trobisch, Professor)
From the Back Cover
For those whove never read the Bible, and for those whove read it too much.
Rob Laceys "dangerously real" retelling of Scripture vividly demonstrates that the Bible is packed full of stories/poems/images that resonate with the big issues of today. This fresh paraphrase with running commentary brings the text alive: Bible stories are retold as mini-blockbusters; psalms as song lyrics; epistles as emails; Revelation as a virtual reality.
Out with stale religious terms, heres a "Bible" that talks todays languagegritty, earthy, witty. Enough of starting at Genesis with good intentions but getting lost in Leviticus. Lacey succeeds in revitalizing a classic work by focusing on the big picture: fast-forwards through the "slow-moving" bits with pace, passion and energy to make the Bible a page-turner again.
Whats more, Laceys award-winning* tour de force was created during a remarkable personal journey through terminal cancer: the stuff the Bible stories are made of. This life-experience injects Laceys take on Scripture with authenticity and authorityresonating with Bible characters who also wrestled with the big questions.
Purist alert: This is not THE Bible (capital B) but it might just get you reaching for one.
*Book of the year (2004), Christian Booksellers Convention Ltd. (UK)