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The Book of God: The Bible as a Novel

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Hardcover, 864 pages
Published March 2nd 1996 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 1996)
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Dave Rench Very much a narrative of the Bible. For instance, he spends very little time in the books of Deuteronomy & Leviticus, discussing the various laws.…moreVery much a narrative of the Bible. For instance, he spends very little time in the books of Deuteronomy & Leviticus, discussing the various laws. He only talks about them in vague terms to define the purpose of the laws. I'm in "Samuel" right now. So far, it's been very good. Stays true to the stories, while giving additional details to add personalities to the people and give context to the story. Most are historically accurate information, but some are certainly his opinions (i.e. expounded story of Sarah giving her maidservant to Abraham and then adding imaginary details to give justification for why Sarah turned against her concubine the way she did).(less)
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Alyssia Cooke
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, religious
And we are not quite at the end of the epic Bible saga, but we are very nearly there...why do I think that there was probably a collective sigh of relief when you read that! And this version is in its own way very different from any of the other bibles I have been reviewing. And the reason for that is very clear just from the title - 'The Book of God, the Bible as a Novel'. Out of all of the Bibles I was given this was the one that I was most interested in looking at fully, which is why I left i ...more
Eric Haddox
Jul 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting to understand the "story" of the Bible
Shelves: biblicalfiction
One of the greatest attempts to accurately put the story of the Bible in a medium that is both understandable and enjoyable for the contemporary western reader.

There were several stories of which he wrote that I had not remembered in my own reading of the Bible. He gives the characters life and personality that are easy to relate to and tells the stories in lively and memorable ways.

I came to the book critically to see what kind of errors would linger inside yet I found only one and it was only
Jul 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alright, so I was really freaked out when I read the title of this book. Thoroughly freaked out. "The Bible as a ...novel?!?! Isn't that wrong?" O.k. Maybe some over-reaction on my part. Especially when I began to actually read it... It completely redeemed itself. They really are just Bible stories for grown-ups, putting a far more personal side to Biblical characters that I had read the same things about, thought the same things about, and heard the same things about since my Sunday School days ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I had this on my to-read shelf for a couple of years at least, and I finally got around to reading it, chapter by chapter before going to sleep.

And I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! Obviously the book only covers some of the "highlights" of the Bible, but this allows the author (and us) to explore some of the people (the "big" ones, but also some nice perspectives of "little folk" and often women) in depth. The New Testament takes up a disproportionately big part of the overall book, but
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I'll admit it. I've tried to read the Bible a few times from cover to cover, but I have never been successful. So a big thumbs up for this novel that at least, sort of, makes me feel as if I have. Also a thumbs up for making me want to read the Bible cover to cover to see how much "flare" the author added to the characters to get the "novel" feel. As I read, there were still parts of the Old Testament that really bother me and challenge my faith. Surprisingly, the part of this novel that ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good pre-read to reading the Bible directly. It gives you the concept of the story that is contained in the Bible. Have had several say after reading this book they were then able to put the story in the Bible together. Some might be concerned about putting the Bible in novel form, if that is the case then make your own judgment. Although, you might look it over as a help of getting adults familiar with the Bible. This kind of takes the temptation away of reading the Bible only in verse ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Still reading, but I have to say this is the best book about the Bible I have EVER read. I've always wanted to read the Bible in it's entirety...but it can be challenging to sit down and read in passage form each day. This novel is an addictive version of the's so easy to read and so far, the content closely follows that of my Bible in context and in order. I'm loving it!
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: you-can-borrow
I'm so glad I picked this up at the church book swap. You could find fault with it, I suppose, and I'm sure some people do, but I liked taking on God's Big Story as a Big Story. It stirred the imagination, similar to the Anne Rice books on the life of Jesus. Reading the (selected) OT stories made you want to go look them in the "real" book. :-) The NT section was moving as well.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was fine, but like any account put into a fictional novel, it's not really very accurate. Therefore, I can't say I would recommend it. It would have been one thing if conversations had been added, or some activity speculated where the Bible is silent. However, truth was flat out changed. I say, stick with the original.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research, religion
As someone raised as a heathen, the stories of the bible are unfamiliar, so I found this book to bring the stories to life and not a dry read as the bible itself was. It also did a good job of placing the events in where they happened in history, reminding me that they were historical. The author read the book and even though all of the characters had the same tones of voice, I found him entertaining. This will most definitely not be my sole source of education for Christianity, but I felt it ha ...more
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