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Our Stories: Tales from the Bible's "Extras" Paperback – July 8, 2015
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About the Author
Deborah homeschools her four daughters and travels regularly to Ghana, West Africa with Amazing Grace International Outreach where she shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ, establishes libraries in remote villages, and plans to open a school in the near future. She currently lives in Corpus Christi, TX with her husband, four daughters, two dogs, two rabbits, and a cat.
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Deborah Gatchel writes in an easily understood, down-to-earth style that brings these 15 Biblical stories to life. She references both the Old and New Testaments. The author imagines the scenes vividly and uses some artistic license to embellish each story and make them more real for us. We learn about some less well-known characters in the Bible, those supporting characters that fill out our picture of Biblical events. Whether you believe these are true events or merely myths, these stories are well-written and certainly worth a read.
The writing style is simple and direct and would appeal to a large and diverse audience. Parents could read and discuss the stories with their elementary school-aged children. The stories are interesting enough for adults to enjoy as well. The lack of illustrations is the only weakness I see.
Each story is fairly short and can easily be read in one sitting. Although this book can be read at anytime during the day, it seems best suited for reading a chapter at night and thinking about the lessons learned. In a Christian home, this is an excellent book for bedtime for both children and adults.
Each of Gatchel’s fifteen stories is written in a straight-forward, simple, and warm style. In the story of Noah and the flood, for example, she tells us about the reactions of members of Noah’s family who would not accompany him and be saved on the ark, as well as how other people reacted during the decades in which he built the ark. In the tale about Abraham’s servant obeying Abraham’s request that he secure a wife for Abraham’s son Isaac, Gatchel reveals the reactions of the young Rebekah and her family’s thinking about the servant’s entreaty that they allow Rebekah to accompany him to become Isaac’s wife. In the story about Moses, she tells us about his sister Miriam faithfully guarding her brother and introduces us to a brother not mentioned in the Bible. In the account about Paul, we are told how a slave who stole items from his master was influenced to change by Paul.
All in all, Christians will enjoy these stories, obtain a keener insight into them, and be inspired.