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This Beautiful Book by Steve Green uses conversational language to help make the Bible more understandable. You may wonder about the usefulness of such a book. Why not just read the bible? Let me tell you more about this review book, but first…..
I want you to take a moment. Suppose that you know someone who wants to know God more but finds the bible difficult to approach. Fear stops them from opening up God’s word. You tell them you can help, you know this other book which will help them to understand God’s word better. Would they be willing to use that book alongside the bible? Or would they be willing to get a good grounding of the bible and then you can talk about it together as you look deeper into the stories?
What I am Reviewing
Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, seeks to help us explore the bible’s incredible story line and why it matters to us today. His book? This Beautiful Book , a hardcover with fly, running at 223 pages. 12 chapters along with an appendix and notes. Published by Zondervan. I am reviewing this book for Ascot Media. Bill High assisted.
Green takes readers on a journey through the many stories of the Bible, some familiar and others less so, highlighting themes woven throughout the ancient writings. Drawing upon insights gained through developing the first world-class Bible museum, Green reveals the completeness and transformative power of Scripture. Green helps readers see the story within the story and makes the careful connections that help us appreciate the richness of the Bible as a single story. Each page will spark faith in a God who speaks to us across the centuries.
The Details on This Beautiful Book
Steve Green is the president of Hobby Lobby and the founder of the Museum of the Bible. A man of God he wants others to know the Lord that he serves. One way of doing that is by teaching people about the Bible. Over the course of 12 chapters Mr. Green walks us through some of the great stories and themes of the bible.
I admittedly have not read through everything in This Beautiful Book. I’ve skipped around abit, read through at least the first 1/3. He writes in a very conversational tone.
As you can see, each chapter is lightly illustrated. I found the graphics suited’ the style of Steve Green’s treatise nicely.
He draws in examples and ideas from a variety of sources, such as the Narnia series, theatre, life events and more. Mr. Green not only talks about the various themes throughout the bible (as found in stories, poetry and more) but also connects these to real life experience. You’ll find printed off scripture passages and connected passages from old to new testament.
Should you buy it?
That’s a hard one to answer. Do I think it’s worth reading? For sure. It’s great to get a fresh perspective. You can see the big picture of God at work throughout the whole bible.
I see the value you know? For giving to a reluctant bible reader, for outreach, to new believers, to visitors to a church, and for high school students to give them a “friendly voice overview”.
It’s just so friendly to read, it’s like sitting down with a mentor and just talking over the stories of the bible and how they connect to the big picture. Of how we can better know God in the things he has done and the experiences he places in our lives. It’s good.
It’s SO not a replacement for good bible study though. This book is not meant as such either. But it is a thought provoking and interesting read, so yes, I do urge you to check out This Beautiful Book .